Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science Online

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Program at a Glance

  • Explore various topics, concepts, research methods, and applications in health science.
  • Customize your health science degree by focusing electives on a particular area of study.
  • Gain valuable on-the-job experience through an optional internship.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371
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Bachelor of Science in Health Science Overview

The world of health care is changing like never before—discover how a health science degree can prepare you for a future in this dynamic and rewarding industry.

Our online health science degree is designed for those who not only want to improve patients’ health, but also enhance their quality of life. This bachelor's program culminates in the successful completion of an original capstone project that allows you to apply what you've learned to a challenging, real-world problem or issue under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.

Curriculum is focused on preparing you to:

  • Develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills to prepare you for leadership positions throughout the health care field.
  • Gain an understanding of demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, and other tools used to assess community health.
  • Understand and apply the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Gain Real-World Experience

An internship option, available as an elective, allows you to develop professional skills and add valuable experience to your resume.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each branch have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in health care administration, health informatics, health information management, public health, or health education while you earn your bachelor’s of health science. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science teach you to apply principles of healthy living to the education of individuals and communities.

You'll learn from experienced professionals who bring real-world knowledge to the courses they teach.

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Sample Courses
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics I and II
  • Practices in Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Advanced Health Informatics

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    45
  • Major Credits
    60
  • Elective Credits
    75
  • Total Credits
    180

What Can You Do With a Health Science Degree?

Employment of health care occupations in the U.S. is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations, adding 2.6 million new jobs between 2020 and 2030.* Specific training in health sciences can prepare you for opportunities in a variety of settings including hospitals, private medical offices, public health agencies, and health care centers.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Speaking
  4. Writing
  5. Reading Comprehension

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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Prepare yourself for success with a bachelor's degree in health science.

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Care Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.