BS in Applied Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science program will prepare students to work in a multitude of nonclinical health careers.  It is designed for those who seek to work in areas that improve the health of individuals and communities, including health care settings, physician offices, public health organizations, and government agencies.  It may also serve as a stepping stone for students to pursue graduate and pre-professional programs in health administration.  The program is available fully online in an eight week format:

  • Health Administration track will prepare students for entry to mid-level management roles in healthcare organizations such as hospitals, clinics, physician offices, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, public health organizations and government health organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science Student Outcomes:

  1. Utilize critical thinking and decision making skills in a variety of health care settings and situations with diverse populations.
  2. Explore current research to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.
  3. Develop effective leadership and management strategies in common health care environments.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical parameters of the health care system.
  5. Communicate and collaborate with members of the health team and other interested groups in identifying and meeting the health needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  6. Apply information technology in the delivery of health care.
  7. Explore the social determinants of health that shape health behavior and health inequalities.

Applied Health Science Program Eligibility

  • Students with admitted to UNA.
  • 2.0 GPA on 4.0 grade scale.
  • Students can declare the Applied Health Science degree as their major at any point but will be considered pre- Applied Health Science.  Once they are ready to start the core courses, students will complete an application to become an Applied Health Science major. 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Health Science

General Education Component60
For General Education Requirements and additional requirements for UNA students, refer to Academic Procedures and Requirements.
Applied Health Science (AHS) majors must complete:
Area III:
MA 110Finite Mathematics3
MA 147Elementary Statistics3
BI 101Introductory Biology4
BI 241Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Natural Science Elective4
Area IV:
ED 299Human Growth and Development3
Area V:
PY 201General Psychology3
CNH 342Nutrition3
CIS 125Business Applications of Microcomputer Software3
Additional undergraduate requirements specific to applied health science
Electives (6) such as SOC 221 (3)
Major Core Requirements:
AHS 300RLeadership and Healthcare Delivery6
AHS 301RHealth Communication and Cultural Diversity6
AHS 302RInformatics3
AHS 303R Health Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues6
AHS 304REpidemiology and Population Health6
AHS 305RConsumer Health3
AHS 306RResearch in Health3
AHS 307RGrant Writing and Capstone6
AHS 308RHealthcare Economics3
A minor is not required

Health Administration Track

AHS 404R Health Administration and Strategic Planning6
AHS 405R Budgeting and Finance6
AHS 406RPrinciples of Resource Management and Supervision6

Applied Health Science Program Course Schematic

The following semester-by-semester is recommended for the AHS Student:

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
1st TermHours
BI 101 Introductory Biology 1 4
EN 111 First-Year Composition I 3
HI 101
Survey of World Civilization to 1500
or United States History to 1877
MA 110 Finite Mathematics 2 3
2nd Term
Area II 3
EN 112 First Year Composition II 3
MA 147 Elementary Statistics 3
HI 102
Survey of World Civilization since 1500
or United States History since 1877
PY 201 General Psychology 3
Year Two
1st Term
BI 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CIS 125 Business Applications of Microcomputer Software 3
COM 201
Fundamentals of Speech
or Human Communication
SO 221 Introductory Sociology 3
EN 221
American Literature through Whitman
or Literature of the World I
2nd Term
Natural Science Elective 4
EN 222
or EN 232 or Humanity
American Literature from Whitman to the Present
CNH 342 Nutrition 3
ED 299 Human Growth and Development 3
Optional Elective 3
Year Three
1st Term
AHS 300R Leadership and Healthcare Delivery 3 6
AHS 301R Health Communication and Cultural Diversity 3 6
AHS 302R Informatics 3 3
2nd Term
AHS 303R Health Policy, Ethics and Legal Issues 3 6
AHS 304R Epidemiology and Population Health 3 6
AHS 305R
Consumer Health 3
or Consumer Health
AHS 306R Research in Health 3 3
Year Four
1st Term
AHS 307R Grant Writing and Capstone 3 6
AHS 308R Healthcare Economics 3 3
AHS 404R Health Administration and Strategic Planning 3 6
2nd Term
AHS 405R Budgeting and Finance 3 6
AHS 406R Principles of Resource Management and Supervision 3 6
 Total Hours121