• Course Delivery
    80% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Health Sciences, BS

Bachelor of Science

Health science is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares students for careers in the healthcare industry or for graduate studies in health-related fields.  

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences curriculum consists of core health science courses, electives, and your choice of one of four tracks: gerontology, global health and rehabilitation studies, rehabilitation and disabilities studies, or preparation for graduate health professions programs.  


As a student in this track, you explore the interdisciplinary study of gerontology as a social, behavioral, and biological science, including the physical change and psychosocial aspects of aging.  

Global Health and Rehabilitation Studies

As a student in this track, you explore issues in global health and rehabilitation delivery systems from the viewpoint of many different disciplines with an emphasis on developing countries.  

Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies 

As a student in this track, you study available equipment or product systems used in rehabilitation settings to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. You explore the historical perspective, technological and humanitarian advances, and major issues in the rehabilitation administrative environment.  

Preparation for Graduate Health Professions Programs

As a student in this track, you prepare for graduate-level coursework in one of three graduate health programs: occupational therapy, physical therapy, or physician assistant.  

Your IU Online BS in Health Sciences prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Medical sales representative 
  • Behavior support technician
  • Insurance analyst
  • Home health aide 
  • Medical research coordinator
  • Family care provider
  • Nurse
  • Hospital administrator
  • Health program coordinator

Degree Requirements

To graduate with your BS in Health Sciences, you must complete 120 credit hours. 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. 

Requirements are broken down as follows: 

  • General education courses (32 credit hours) 
  • Health sciences general education courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Health sciences core courses (44 credit hours) 
  • Health sciences track courses (12-34 credit hours) 
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours) 

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:  

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions 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. 
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours). 
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours). 
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials. 
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or: 

          IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

          Cavanaugh Hall 147

          425 University Boulevard

          Indianapolis, IN 46202

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • SHRS-N 265Nutrition and Exercise3 Credits
  • SHRS-N 420Human Nutrition through the Lifespan3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 100Learning Community Seminar2 Credits
  • SHRS-W 200Survey of US Health Care System Services3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 210Introduction to Rehabilitation3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 220Aging and the Older Person3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 250Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 264Disability and Society3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 361Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 362Legal and Regulatory Aspects in Rehabilitation3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 363Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Professions3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 365Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Services3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 441Administration and Supervision of Rehabilitation Organizations3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 442Research in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences3 Credits
  • SHRS-W 445Program Evaluation Methods in Rehabilitation3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $293.16
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $879.48
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1015.90
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3047.70

Additional fees will apply.

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