• Course Delivery
    100% Online
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Applied Health Science, BS

Bachelor Of Science

US News and World Report - best bachelor's 2022
How you benefit

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. 

What you study

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. 

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.  

Download a printable PDF summary of the BS in Applied Health Science. 

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.

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

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, advocacy coordinator
  • Community health worker
  • Health educator, health advocate
  • Nonprofit health agency positions
Health Administration track
  • Hospital and health organization administration, nursing home administrator
  • Nonprofit health agency positions
  • Healthcare consultant 
  • Practice administrator or manager
  • Human resources

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)

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admission requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  • This program is offered by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus.
Application Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

You can transfer up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited community college, or 90 credit hours from an accredited four-year university or college.

Kristyn Quimby, Program Director

Kristyn Quimby

Kristyn Quimby, program director for the BS in Applied Health Science, is a teaching professor in the School of Applied Health Sciences in the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences at IU South Bend. She earned a Doctor of Health Science in Health Education from A.T. Still University. Her interests focus on the intersection of health education, culture, community outreach, and service. Among courses taught are Health Promotion and Disease, Evaluation of Health Promotion, and Community Assessment and Program Planning. She also co-leads study abroad trips in health promotion and disease prevention in Costa Rica and Belize. She received a Partnership Matters Award for her work with Operation Smile, the Educator of the Year Award, IU South Bend, and the Carol Dee Minichillo Leadership Award. She is a member of the IU Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

Representative courses: Program Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation I and II; Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

“My students in my courses inspire me and ignite my own passion for public health as I guide them to create unique health promotion programs. Knowing they will use their skills in this program to continue to improve the health of their communities is truly a remarkable blessing and why I love what I do as a teacher.”


Healthcare Delivery and Leadership6 Credits
Intercultural Health Communication6 Credits
Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues6 Credits
Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Population Health6 Credits
Research in Health Sciences3 Credits
Consumer Health3 Credits
Economics of Healthcare3 Credits
Informatics3 Credits
Grant Writing and Internship6 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $242.48
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $727.44

Additional fees will apply.  

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $352.96
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,058.88