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:

  • The 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 must declare the Applied Health Science degree as their major.

Progression and Retention

Progression and retention in the AHS Program is based on appropriate academic progress with a grade of C or higher in each course.       

  • Appropriate academic progress with a grade of C (70) or better in each professional course is required.
  • Students eligible to return to a course after a course failure (D, F) from a required AHS course will be readmitted to the course on a “space available” basis. Extenuating circumstances are to be determined by faculty on an individual basis.  
  • A student in the AHS program can receive no more than one course failure throughout the program. In accordance with University policy, students who withdraw from a course by the designated deadline in the UNA catalog will receive a “W: for the course.  After the designated deadline, courses dropped with averages of less than a 70 will be a “WF” for the course. 
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Dismissal

After two course failures in the AHS program, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Readmission

The student who has failed two AHS courses may petition the Admissions/Readmissions Committee Chairperson for readmission after being dismissed from the program. The letter should include:

     a) Reason(s) for dismissal from the ACONHP AHS Program.

     b) Reason(s) for seeking readmission to the ACONHP AHS Program. The student must state why he/she believes they can successfully complete the program if readmitted to the ACONHP AHS Program.

     c) Actions taken to overcome the problems necessitating dismissal from the ACONHP AHS Program.

After the committee reviews all pertinent information regarding readmission, the committee will submit a report of its decision to the Undergraduate Department Chair and the Dean of the ACONHP. The Dean will, in turn, notify the student of the committee’s decision. Students will be readmitted on a space available basis. 

Any readmitted student who earns a grade below “C” in an AHS course will be permanently dismissed from the program.

Requirements for the BS in Applied Health Sciences

General Education Component
Area I (Written Composition)6
Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts)12
Area III (Natural Sciences and Mathematics)11
Introductory Biology 1
Remaining four hours of Natural Sciences requirement
Finite Mathematics 2
College Algebra
Area IV (History, Social and Behavioral Sciences)12
Human Growth and Development
General Psychology
Select six semester hours from the following:
Survey of World Civilization to 1500
Survey of World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
United States History since 1877
Area V: 19
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Elementary Statistics
Nutrition
Business Applications of Microcomputer Software
Introductory Sociology
3 Elective hours
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
or HPE 408 Consumer Health
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
Total Hours120
1

Course options: BI 101, 102, 111, 112, 305, or PH 101, 121, 241

2

Course options: MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238

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
3
MA 110 Finite Mathematics 2 3
FYE 101 First-Year Experience
 Hours13
2nd Term
Remaining three hours of Area II Requirement 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
3
PY 201 General Psychology 3
 Hours15
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
3
SO 221 Introductory Sociology 3
EN 221
American Literature through Whitman
or Literature of the World I
3
 Hours16
2nd Term
Remaining four hours of Natural Science requirement 4
EN 222
American Literature from Whitman to the Present
or Literature of the World II
3
CNH 342 Nutrition 3
ED 299 Human Growth and Development 3
Elective 3 hours 3
 Hours16
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
 Hours15
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
3
AHS 306R Research in Health 3 3
 Hours18
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
 Hours15
2nd Term
AHS 405R Budgeting and Finance 3 6
AHS 406R Principles of Resource Management and Supervision 3 6
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
1

Course options: BI 101, 102, 111, 112, 305, or PH 101, 121, 241

2

Course options: MA 110, 112, 113, 115, 125, 126, 227, 237, or 238

3

Online "R" courses are subject to online fees. (See Expenses section)