Online Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science

The world of health care is changing like never before, but there are two things that will remain constant. One—people will always need the best health services available. And two—Kaplan University will be leading the way in providing comprehensive education programs so that tomorrow’s health science professionals will be up to the challenge of meeting the demand.

Kaplan University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science program is designed for those who not only want to improve patients’ health, but also enhance their quality of life. The health care field is changing every day. Discover how a health science bachelor’s degree can help prepare you for a future in this dynamic and rewarding industry.

Bachelor of Science in Health Science Program Highlights

In this program you will explore various topics, concepts, research methods, and applications in health science, while enjoying the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Your coursework will focus on:

  • Developing administrative, ethical, and professional skills to prepare you for leadership positions throughout the health care field
  • Gaining an understanding of demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, and other tools used to assess community health
  • Understanding and applying the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective
  • Completing an original comprehensive capstone project that demonstrates your ability to apply your health science knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios
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Fast Track to Your Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science

Students enrolled in a School of Health Sciences bachelor’s degree program can choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree. 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 one of the following programs:

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.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science may help advance your career in many areas. Job opportunities could be found in health care, health science, and more. Specific training in health sciences may prepare you for opportunities in hospitals, private medical offices, public health agencies, and health care centers.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This 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. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      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 students a 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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      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 course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect 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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • HS 305: RESEARCH METHODS FOR HEALTH SCIENCES Change

      This course enables you to explore ethics within the health industry, research methods, and the evaluation of scientific literature. You will engage with health data through database querying, data extraction, and data mining opportunities. You will learn to procure appropriate metrics for analysis, utilize data mining to generate insights into health organizational outcomes, and evaluate health data to make evidence-based decisions. You will use computer software applications to manage data throughout this course.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 311: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS I Change

      In this course, you will explore the use of descriptive statistics within the health industry. You will learn to summarize data by the data center (i.e., central tendency) and data spread (i.e., variability). A focus on visual representation of data will be introduced. You will demonstrate your data analytical skills by proposing recommendations to a health industry issue based on summary statistics and/or health care or epidemiological formulae.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 312: EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS II Change

      You will collect and analyze data in order to solve health and clinical problems. In this course, you will study inferential statistics and advanced epidemiological constructs. You will study epidemiology and biostatistics as it applies to peer-reviewed, health-based publications.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      HS 311

    • HS 315: PRACTICES IN PUBLIC HEALTH Change

      This course guides students through the practice of public health. Real-world public health issues are presented and evaluated through the use of case study analysis. Case studies cover fundamental competencies of the public health practitioner, including community health assessment and health policy development. In addition, students will examine problem-solving strategies through problem-based learning.
       

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 320: MICROBIOLOGY Change

      This course introduces students to a diverse world of microorganisms including their role in health and disease. Properties of prokaryotes and eukaryotes are discussed, with emphasis on different characteristics of microorganisms including morphology, metabolism, physiochemical characteristics, and genetics. Students learn how microorganisms contribute to all areas of everyday life including food, water, environment, and industry. Important microbial diseases and the immune system and its role in fighting microbial diseases are also explored. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 415: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Change

      This course addresses environmental issues and the principles, scope, and practice of environmental sciences including investigative methodologies, natural resource management, pollution prevention, and pollution control. The local, state, and federal environmental agencies and regulations governing environmental health are discussed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HS 420: ADVANCED HEALTH INFORMATICS Change

      The health information field is strongly influenced by data and data standards. This course focuses on the structure and use of health information, storage methods, data sets, and e-health delivery. In addition, the development of clinical, financial, and decision support systems are addressed.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • 100/200/300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      12

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
    • HS 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH SCIENCE Change

      This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health Science. 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 program in health sciences.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term

  • Open Elective

    Total Open Elective Credits: 87

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      87

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate elective.

Curriculum: Concentration

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