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Applied Health Science, BS

Bachelor Of Science

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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)


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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.


This is an introduction course for all Applied Health Science students. It contains concepts and basics for other Applied Health Science program courses. Focus is on the components, their interaction and internal / external controls. As a person in leadership roles of organizations you will also discover how to effectively deliver health care services in hospitals, nursing homes, multi-specialty clinics, and home health care agencies. Students will examine how principles of effective leadership skills including organizational design, motivation, conflict management, teamwork, and strategic alliances are utilized in the ever changing healthcare environment.
This course explores issues related to intercultural communication practices. It examines the important role of social, cultural, and historical context in human interactions related to health disparities. This course is designed to increase students understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and to develop students' ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic, and political experiences.
In this course, students are introduced to the concepts of health policy and policy analysis, health care ethics and contemporary ethical dilemmas, and legal issues related to health care and health care outcomes. Students will be exposed to leadership strategies for effecting changes in policy, and in resolving legal and ethical dilemmas that arise in health care. Emphasis is placed on application of knowledge to real and simulated case problems.
In this course, students are provided an overview of the principles and practice of population health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Students will be introduced to the basic terms and definitions of population health and the factors that lead to disease causation, as well as disease prevention. Students will explore and discuss the concepts of social justice, health disparities, determinants of health, culture, health systems, lifespan, and health promotion as they apply to groups of people, rather than to individuals. Through an introduction to epidemiologic terminology, methods, critical thinking, and basic analysis, students will be able to describe how disease is distributed within populations and communities.
This course is designed as an introduction to using the research process to address health science problems and the use of evidence as a foundation for practice. Critical analysis of research studies will be emphasized.
Students are introduced to the ways consumers receive and use information to inform health practices and influence choices of health products, services, and providers. Concepts include health literacy and decision-making, internal and external influences on health care decisions and health outcomes, and effective health education. Exemplar health issues are discussed.
Economics of Healthcare is a growing field and is an important aspect of public policy in developed and developing countries. The provision and production of healthcare has different characteristics and incentives from other consumer goods making health related markets a unique topic for study. This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students in healthcare fields to Health Economics. A number of topics including: basic economic concepts important for the study in health economics, why health is different from other goods, aspects of the US healthcare market, healthcare in other countries, and healthcare reform.
In this course, students will explore the impact of meaningful data on health care systems. The concepts of converting data to information to knowledge in the national effort to create electronic health care records that provide privacy and security while ultimately improving patient outcomes will be discussed. Details on meaningful use in electronic health records, health care data analytics, health informatics exchange, quality improvement strategies, public health informatics, and health informatics ethics will be examined.
This course is designed to assist the student in applying acquired knowledge and skills in appropriate professional settings. The internship focus of this course will provide students with a culminating project that demonstrates mastery of program competencies. The grant writing portion of the course will assist the student to gain introductory experience in the process of grantsmanship.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $239.01
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $717.03

Additional fees will apply.  

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $346.89
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1040.67
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