Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science
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.
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 you 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.)
To total 120 credit hours
You will work with your academic advisor to select electives that best support the track you pursue. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in a related area.
Students seeking admission to the BSAHS degree program must have an Associate of Science, an Associate of Arts, or at least 30 credit hours of course work that can be applied toward a university degree. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (4.0 scale) and be fully admitted to IU Northwest.