Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science

Online Bachelor of Applied Health Science

The field of healthcare is continually evolving, and preventing disease is a primary goal. Applied health science focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science is an interdisciplinary program that prepares you for careers or graduate studies in health-related fields. 

As a student in this program, you'll take courses on promoting wellness in families, organizations, and society at large through research, health education, policy making, and health communication. Choose from two tracks: Community Health Education and Health Administration. 

Prepare for a high-growth, in-demand job market in areas related to health promotion, disease prevention, quality of life, health planning and service delivery, and health administration. Upon completion of this program, you may work in a variety of public health, wellness education, and health organization fields, including:  

Community Health Educator track
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Community health worker
  • Health educator 
  • Nonprofit health agency positions
  • Advocacy coordinator
  • Health advocate
Health Administration track
  • Hospital and health organization administration
  • Nonprofit health agency positions
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Healthcare consultant 
  • Practice administrator or manager
  • Human resources

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty. 

Program Learning Outcomes

All students take core Applied Health Sciences courses and then specialize in one of two tracks. By the end of the program, students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:

Community Health Educator track
  • Utilize the core functions of public health for population health change.
  • Construct interventions to promote health and prevent illness.
  • Evaluate outcome measures related to program effectiveness and accountability.
Health Administration track
  • Integrate value-based leadership in professional practice.
  • Evaluate effective leadership competencies in diverse practice settings.
  • Utilize diverse strategies to assess organizational effectiveness. 

Degree Requirements


To graduate with the BS in Applied Health Science, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. This program may be of particular interest to transfer students. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college, and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Course requirements fall into four categories and are defined by student learning outcomes. Some requirements, such as general education courses, may be met with transfer credits. 

Requirements are broken down as follows:

1. General education courses (30-42 credit hours)

2. Applied health science core courses (42 credit hours) 

3. Applied health science tracks (18 credit hours)

A. Community Health Education Track 

Coursework will provide instruction in the skills necessary to apply principles of health promotion and education. This track prepares you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.   

  • Community Health Assessment, Education, and Promotion 
  • Program Assessment, Planning, Evaluation, Parts l and ll 

B. Health Administration Track 

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

  • Healthcare Administration and Strategic Planning
  • Healthcare Budgeting and Finance 
  • Healthcare Organization Supervision and Resource Management 

4. Electives (as needed 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.