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With the growing emphasis on preventative health care, new opportunities in the health care- and wellness-related industries are emerging every day. The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness at Kaplan University provides the relevant curriculum and broad perspective to prepare students for careers in this rewarding field.
Professionals with knowledge and training in health and wellness provide support, encouragement, and education to help people live healthier lives and prevent illness or injury. If you would like to broaden your knowledge and skills with a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness, then our online Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness may be just the program for you.
In this program you will explore
various approaches to health and wellness and study the concepts, values, and
applications of this exciting field of health science. Your coursework will
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The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation for careers in traditional health settings such as hospitals, private medical offices, and public health agencies. In addition, opportunities may exist in newly emerging preventive health services in corporate wellness centers, college health services, insurance agencies, or pharmaceutical companies. Demand for health educators is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations due to the rising cost of health care.*
Students enrolled in a School of Health Sciences bachelor’s degree program
can choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree option. Designed for
high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s
and master’s degree, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your
bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing up to five core courses in
either the Master of Health Care
Administration or the Master of Public Health. If you
successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have
applied and been accepted to the applicable Kaplan University master’s degree
program, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program.
The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree at a faster pace and lower cost than completing
each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated master’s degree
options are subject to eligibility requirements. Please contact an Admissions Advisor
for more information.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Campus and Online Start Date
Mar 26, 2014
Online Start Date
Apr 16, 2014
Online Start Date
May 14, 2014
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
Any college composition course
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give studentsa chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics. (Includes a 1 credit hour lab)
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.
This course familiarizes students with the
scientific basis of exercise and fitness physiology and related
human anatomy, including cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.
Students learn about energy metabolism as it relates to exercise
and how aging affects human physiology, exploring current
strategies in exercise and fitness training to facilitate disease
prevention and healthy aging.
Total Program Credits: 180
In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.
This course focuses on the issues in exercise and fitness that each major age group encounters in society today. Students learn the unique challenges that senior adults, middle-aged and younger adults, and children and adolescents are confronted with, as well as the sociological, psychological, and economic factors that can impact favorable outcomes. Motivational strategies, techniques, and plans for designing age-appropriate exercise and fitness programs will be discussed and practiced, and current research in models of exercise and fitness programs in community- and corporate-based settings will be studied and evaluated for effectiveness.
This course introduces the most commonly used vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements. Single vitamins—their benefits, dosage, precautions, and contraindications—will be reviewed as well as vitamin formulas routinely recommended. Nutritional supplements will be introduced and their categories, benefits, and safety issues will be explored and discussed. The principal systems of herbal medicine found worldwide will be illustrated along with their individual characteristics and common usage. This course also examines the growing popularity of herbal medicines from a sociological and ecological standpoint.
In this course, students explore the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and become familiar with the variety of professions that compose it and their major concepts, methodological approaches, and theoretical foundations. Students investigate the multifaceted meaning of the term “holistic” and investigate how each CAM profession uniquely describes itself in light of this. Current research will be explored including the impact of the National Institute of Health’s CAM division.
This course introduces students to the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective. Students will investigate how changing ideas about religion, philosophy, science, and psychology have influenced our understanding of health, and how the practice of medicine continues to be affected by global, social, and economic pressures. Contemporary models of health and wellness will be illustrated by drawing upon selected writings from each major proponent, and students will undertake the development of an original model of health and wellness based on an understanding of and sensitivity to current geopolitical and multicultural issues.
This course explores current dietary trends and examines the role geopolitical and economic forces have on our day-to-day food choices. The impact of the globalization of world food markets will be investigated, as will the ongoing controversies of genetic engineering, food-borne illnesses, and the organic food movement. The spectrum of popular diets and their advocates and critics will be discussed along with the current scientific research available for each. Students will reflect on the diversity of food choices, prohibitions, and taboos that exist within our multicultural and multiethnic communities, with an eye toward increasing awareness and sensitivity.
This in-depth course offers students a detailed look at the extensive research and practical approaches for identification, management, and prevention of stress. The health consequences of stress—physiological and psychological—will be discussed as well as the sociological and economic effects of untreated stress on society as a whole. Current approaches to stress reduction and prevention will be illustrated including mind/body therapies that have shown remarkable rates of success.
In this course, students explore the burgeoning fields of meditation, “mindfulness,” and transpersonal psychology in theory and practice. Students will assess the role of personal mindset toward self and others as a foundation for wellness and appraise the impact of positive/negative relationships in maintaining good health. A wide array of source material will be studied, including current research, and the shifting paradigms of curing, healing, and wholeness will be investigated.
This is an introductory-level course in which students investigate the fundamental concepts of nutrition: food sources, nutrient function, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Special attention is given to learning to apply nutritional principles to food choices in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how nutritional needs change from infancy through adulthood including pregnancy and the senior stages of life.
This capstone course is the culminating
experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness.
This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students
have taken within the program of study. The capstone course
provides students with the opportunity to integrate and
synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their
coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess
their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree
Total Program Credits: 180
Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate electives.
Total Program Credits: 90
Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
Total Program Credits: 90
This course is designed to introduce the student to essential concepts in health and wellness that are necessary to successfully matriculate to upper-level courses in the School of Health Sciences. Psychology, physical fitness, and complementary and alternative medicine each have their own unique perspective on what constitutes health and wellness. This course explores each of these disciplines and maps their interrelationships as they weave together the more holistic view of human health and potential that is prevalent today.
Enrollment in an advanced start degree option
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Source: U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational
Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information
Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm. National long-term
projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions,
and do not guarantee actual job growth.