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Applied Health Science Online

Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science (BSAHS) provides students with extensive preparation for work in any field that addresses people’s health.  It is designed for students who are seeking a broad understanding of the science of human health and its application to their chosen career.  This degree prepares students for entry and mid-level position in for-profit and not-for-profit health-related organizations.  There are two degree options to choose from:  Health Administration and Community Health Education.  Those choosing the Community Health Education option will be prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.

The program covers the basic technical and applied aspects of health science. You take courses in health care delivery and leadership, health communication, policy, and ethics; learn about the economics of health care; and receive foundational knowledge in legal matters.

When you have completed all degree requirements, you receive a high-quality IU degree at your home campus. The degree is designed to enhance potential for career advancement within the health care sector in entry- and mid-level positions in health-related organizations. Two tracks are offered—community health education and health administration.

Applied Health Science Outcomes: 

  1. Demonstrate problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of health care settings and situations
  2. Demonstrate effective leadership and management strategies in common health care delivery systems and environments
  3. Apply evidence-based health care practices for optimum health outcomes  
  4. Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
  5. Integrate communication skills into professional roles
  6. Utilize information technology in the delivery of health care
  7. Trace the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities
Course Requirements

To graduate with the BS in Applied Health Science, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. Course requirements fall into four categories, and are defined by student learning outcomes.

General Education (varies by campus)

30–42 credit hours

You must achieve the general education outcomes of the campus from which they will graduate.

Applied Health Science Core Courses

42 credit hours

You take courses that meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Utilize problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills in a variety of health care settings and situations.
  • Utilize effective leadership and management strategies in common health care delivery systems and environments.
  • Apply evidence-based health care practices for optimum health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate accountability within the legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
  • Integrate communication skills into professional roles.
  • Utilize information technology in the delivery of health care.
  • Explore the historical and contemporary social determinants of health that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities.

The core courses are:

  • Health Care Delivery and Leadership (6 cr.)
  • Intercultural Health Communication (6 cr.)
  • Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues (6 cr.)
  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Population Health (6 cr.)
  • Research in Health Sciences (3 cr.)
  • Consumer Health (3 cr.)
  • Economics of Health Care (3 cr.)
  • Informatics (3 cr.)
  • Grant Writing and Internship (6 cr.)
Applied Health Science Tracks

One applied health science track of 18 credit hours is required.

Track 1: Community Health Educator

Coursework will provide instruction in the skills necessary to conduct general health and wellness assessments and the techniques of health education. By majoring in the BS in Applied Health Science with a concentration in the community health educator track, you will be able to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES) offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Becoming a CHES opens many more opportunities in public health.

  • Community Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion (6 cr.)
  • Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation I (6 cr.)
  • Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation II (6 cr.)

Track 2: Health Administration

Coursework will provide instruction in health care organization, planning, budgeting, and finance.

  • Health Care Administration and Strategic Planning (6 cr.)
  • Health Care Budgeting and Finance (6 cr.)
  • Health Care Organization Supervision and Resource Management (6 cr.)

Electives

To total 120 credit hours

You will work with your academic advisor to select electives that best support the track you pursue.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

For tuition costs, please visit the Office of the Bursar. Charges will include Online Undergraduate (assessed per credit hour for online programs), mandatory distance education (per credit hour), and other fees that may apply.  

Note: Taking courses on campus could cause a change to your costs.

You may apply for financial aid for both on-campus and online courses. Your eligibility is determined by such factors as total hours of enrollment and income. To be considered for aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Admissions

To gain admission to the BS in Applied Health Science program, you must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grade scale. Your first step towards starting the BS in Applied Health Science program is to apply for formal admission to IU Kokomo. You can do this by completing an online IU Kokomo application.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 765-455-9217 or iuadmis@iuk.edu.

Last updated: 08/31/2017