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Bachelor of Science

Health Science

OVERVIEW

An Online Health Science Degree to Jump-Start Your Healthcare Career


 

Earning a bachelor’s in health science can open doors in the healthcare field, no matter your path. Whether you plan to grow your current career in the allied health professions, become a nurse, or pursue further education, this health science program is an excellent starting point for many health-related jobs.

The versatile Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree provides a solid foundation that helps prepare students who want to apply to clinical-based programs or pursue a career in the health sciences field. The subject matter pulls from the fields of business, health science, and healthcare and includes training on the professional skills needed for leadership positions in the healthcare arena. In this program you’ll learn about:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Public health approaches
  • Epidemiology
  • Biopsychosocial health models

Missouri residents are currently ineligible to enroll in this program as it is not yet approved by the State of Missouri. This limitation and notice will be removed upon approval.

63%* of graduates finish similar programs within

24 months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance when you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

*WGU Internal Data

Tuition per six-month term is

$4,085

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students reduce the ultimate cost of their degrees. Finish faster, pay less!

Average salary increase

$11,059*

On average School of Health bachelor's degree graduates see a salary increase of $11,059 two years post-graduation.

*WGU Internal Data

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COURSES

Health Science Courses

Program consists of 28 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff. This program features scaffolded learning throughout the standard path, requiring the standard path order to be followed for optimal student success outcomes. 

WGU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science curriculum was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the professionals on our Health Professions Program Council, ensuring that this degree teaches important healthcare best practices and keeps up with the latest trends in the industry. The courses you’ll complete will help you gain the expertise you need for a successful healthcare career.

Part of this health science program includes project-based learning. The capstone course requires students to think deeply and use their creative problem-solving skills to propose an evidence-based strategy to address a real-world issue related to the health sciences.

The health science degree program prepares students for lifelong learning by helping them develop vital research, analysis, and communication skills that will benefit them in any career they choose. Students will also gain discipline-specific knowledge and skills as they delve deeper into psychology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, public health, and other areas of study related to health science.

The B.S. Health Science program is an all-online program that you'll complete by studying and working independently with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You may be able to accelerate through coursework based on your prior knowledge and hard work.

Psychology
Health Sciences
Public Health
Health and Human Services
Foundations of Success
General Education

28 Courses

Program consists of 28 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

Capstone Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your health science program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your study and effort. 

Skills For Your Résumé

As part of this program, you will develop a range of valuable skills that employers are looking for. 

  • Detail Oriented: Investigated potential etiologies of diseases, analyzing their complications and symptoms with acute attention to detail, ensuring thorough and comprehensive research.
  • Communications: Leveraged appropriate communication techniques to persuade and guide outcomes, to effectively influence decisions.
  • Empirical Analysis: Implemented data and data analysis methodologies to make informed decisions, contributing to evidence-based practices.
  • Problem Solving: Identified factors influencing difficult or complex problems, demonstrating analytical skills and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Research: Synthesized research information from multiple sources, showcasing the ability to compile and integrate diverse data sets.
  • Analytical Techniques: Identified problems requiring analysis, showcasing a proactive and analytical approach to addressing challenges.

“The completion of my WGU B.S. degree has motivated both my children to go back to school and finish their degrees. They're saying 'well if Mom can do it.' I am happy at this point in my life to be able to still influence my children in a positive way."

—Jayne Harrower
B.S. Healthcare Graduate

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
Compare the Difference

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 4 years, minimal acceleration options

As quickly as you can master the material, typically less than 3 years

TRANSFER CREDITS

Few accepted, based on certain schools and specific courses

A generous transfer policy that is based on your specific situation

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

SUPPORT

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 4 years, minimal acceleration options

TIME TO FINISH

As quickly as you can master the material, typically less than 3 years

TRANSFER CREDITS

Few accepted, based on certain schools and specific courses

TRANSFER CREDITS

A generous transfer policy that is based on your specific situation

Why WGU?

You Aren't On Your Own

WGU has Program Mentors who work with you from the day you start, all the way through graduation. They help you chart your courses, answer your questions, and ensure you can go through your program. You're not alone when you choose an online degree at WGU.

Flexibility You Need

Students choose WGU for their online degree program because of its flexibility. Whether you already have a full-time job, have responsibilities as a parent, or just have a busy schedule, WGU can work for you.

Strong Alumni Network

When you enroll in this healthcare program at WGU, you join an impressive network of healthcare professionals. This network is key in helping boot credibility and respect for your degree from WGU.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized™

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

An Affordable Health Science Degree

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A Health Science Bachelor's Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science—Designed to Fit Your Life

Online. Flexible. Student-focused. These are just some of the qualities that make our programs a great fit for today’s working students—and make WGU a different kind of university. 

Our degree programs allow you to speed up your progress—no waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start. Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment.

" I had a great educational experience at WGU, and the course instructors had a positive impact on the study curriculum. Each course was very organized, easy to follow and learn, and the educators are very attentive. I gained a greater understanding of research that is aimed at establishing facts and quality improvement.”

—Nasiba Ruziyeva
WGU Healthcare Graduate

CAREER OUTLOOK

A Health Science Degree is a Pathway to Multiple Careers

Earning your bachelor’s in health science can get you started in a healthcare-focused career or qualify you to pursue employment in areas like care coordination, public health education, patient advocacy, or community health management. This program contains coursework that will help you learn about various elements of health science, including:

  • Cultural awareness and ethics
  • Research methods
  • Applied healthcare statistics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Substance abuse and addiction

After earning your health science degree, you may want to pursue a master’s degree or additional certifications. Whether you want to become a nurse, a specialist, or a researcher, starting your education with a B.S. Health Science degree provides a solid foundation for future learning.

Return on Your Investment

On average, WGU graduates see an increase in income post-graduation

Average income increase from all degrees in annual salary vs. pre-enrollment salary. Source: 2022 Harris Poll Survey of 1,542 WGU graduates.

Survey was sent to a representative sample of WGU graduates from all colleges. Respondents received at least one WGU degree since 2017.

28%

The number of positions for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to increase 28% from 2022 to 2032.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Apply Your New Knowledge and Skills to Excel in Your Chosen Career

WGU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed to provide you with a comprehensive set of skills that can be applied across industries. This program incorporates several career-boosting competencies, including courses in the areas of substance abuse, research methods, epidemiology, public health, and cognitive psychology.

Possible Jobs

  • Patient educator
  • Clinical technologist
  • Wellness specialist
  • Community health worker
  • Residential care coordinator

Possible Work Settings

  • Community care facilities
  • Research facilities
  • Health insurance providers
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

Hospitals and clinics around the country know the benefit of a degree from WGU, so your healthcare degree is valuable.

ADMISSIONS

Bachelor of Health Science Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent AND demonstrate program readiness through one of the following: 

Option 1: Submit transcripts documenting completion of college-level coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. 

Option 2: Possess a bachelors or associates degree (A.A or A.S. acceptable) from an accredited post-secondary institution. 

Option 3: Submit high school transcripts for review with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Safety Notice: WGU and the Leavitt School of Health are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of all patients, community members, and key stakeholders that interact with WGU students at various clinical/host sites. Interactions might include direct patient interaction, observation experiences, laboratory experiences, project development, or conducting research.  

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Transfer Credits

Get Added Support and Flexibility as You Start Your Degree 
Take a course or two at your pace before committing to a full degree program. Strengthen your study habits, gain essential learning skills and, best of all, each completed course counts toward your degree requirements. 

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