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B.S. Health Sciences

Improve your career well-being with a health sciences degree online

The focus of healthcare has expanded from diagnosis and treatment of the sick to include long-term wellness and disease prevention. Our transfer-friendly Health Sciences bachelor's degree program is designed for problem-solvers with a passion for changing the lives of individuals and communities by improving access to health and wellness services. The program structure enables you to customize your degree with focused coursework in cultural diversity, emergency planning, health informatics, healthcare management, and risk management and insurance.

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Program Overview

Improve lives and communities with access to wellness services

The demand for professionals prepared to answer the call to improve quality and access to public health services in the United States is projected to increase by 20 percent* through 2025, a rate faster than the national average.  Franklin’s cross-disciplinary online Health Sciences degree program prepares you to take on broad roles in this growing industry. Core courses in medical terminology, community mental health, public administration and public heath provide you with the foundational knowledge to thrive in the ever-expanding realm of health and wellness.

You will be introduced to grant writing for nonprofits, which will not only help you identify and successfully pursue grant opportunities, you will also extend and apply your communication skills while leveraging interdisciplinary insight to solve real-world problems. In addition, you will learn to manage risk and mitigate liability, make ethical decisions and incorporate employment law procedures as part of the exploration of the legal aspects of healthcare management.

Tailor the Health Sciences degree program to your career path

As a student in the Health Sciences program, you will choose three courses (12 credits) in a major area of study as well as four additional courses (16 credits) as areas of interest. You can build your competency in cultural sensitivity and boost your effectiveness within target populations by choosing courses within the cultural diversity area. Make yourself more marketable to governmental or private sector organizations by focusing your coursework in emergency planning. Get the edge you need to improve the quality of care through better-managed heath data with the knowledge you gain in health informatics or obtain valuable insight into wellness from the insurer perspective through the risk management and insurance courses. Concentrate your studies on healthcare management and position yourself for an administrative role with an established agency or start your own organization that fills an unmet need.

Formulate viable strategies that improve access to health and wellness services

Successfully becoming the change agent necessary to influence health and wellness requires a big-picture thinker who can work within existing constraints to achieve the end goal. As part of your Health Sciences major, you will apply basic theories and research findings to develop strategies to promote wellness, reduce disparities, strengthen community partnerships and increase access to affordable healthcare.

Through your coursework – real-world scenarios related to common health issues in the United States – you will gain a solid understanding of how existing policies like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and legislation like the Affordable Care Act impact the availability and delivery of care to the public. By effectively assessing the current state, you will be able to identify gaps and then develop strategies to fill them.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

*Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

WRIT 120 - College Writing (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

(If the course does not have a research paper component, WRIT 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required)


Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:

MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)
This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
This course may not be taken by students who previously received calculus credit. Topics include limits, the derivative, rules for differentiation, graphing strategy, optimization problems, differentials, implicit differentiation, related rates, exponential and logarithmic functions, antiderivatives, definite integrals, areas, and methods of integration. Applications in business, economics, and management are emphasized. This course should be taken as soon as possible after acquiring the necessary algebra skills and concepts, preferably within the first 60 hours of any degree program.

(at least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra)


Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

This course is designed for students interested in the allied healthcare professions and focuses on gross anatomy and the function of human organ systems and how they relate to one another. Students in this course will expand their medical terminology and scientific understanding of the physiology of the human body. In addition, students will gain an understanding of general pathology as it relates to the disruption of homeostasis. This course will include a one-hour lab component.
This course is designed for students pursuing allied health professions and provides an overview of human health and disease processes. Students will learn about common diseases and how they affect human health at cellular, organ, and systemic levels. Emphasis will be placed on the body as a system and how disease impacts the human body as a whole.

(Two science courses, with one having a laboratory component)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

PSYC 110 - General Psychology (4)
A survey of the various fields of study comprising modern scientific psychology. The course examines the theories, research findings, and applications in each of the major areas of psychology, with the goal of providing students with practice information they can apply to their personal and professional lives. The topic areas covered in the course include learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, theories of personality, psychopathology, and social behavior. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
SOCL 110 - Introduction to Sociology (4)
Sociology is the scientific study of group behavior - whether the groups are dyads, small groups, associations, bureaucracies, societies, publics, aggregates, social movements, or mobs, etc. This introductory course introduces the student to sociological principles and theoretical perspectives that facilitate understanding the norms, values, structure and process of the various types of groups into which people organize. The course focuses on applying the scientific method to studying social problems (e.g. poverty, crime, sexism and racism) and basic institutions (i.e. family, government, economy, religion, education). Students will develop their "sociological imagination" as a way of understanding what their lives are and can be in relation to the larger social forces at work in local, national, and international environments.

*The six semester hours must come from at least two different disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from the Arts and Humanities discipline.

Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
OR UNI 199 - University Seminar (2)
A mandatory course for entering full-time, degree-candidate students (may be waived for transfer students). This course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the University and develop strategies for success by providing a "support group" during this critical period of adjustment and examining problems common to the freshman experience. Students must pass the course or be required to repeat it.
COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)
A basic public speaking course intended to improve the student's ability to think critically and to communicate orally. Theory and practice are provided in various speaking situations. Each student is required to speak before an audience, but class work also involves reading, gathering and organizing information, writing and listening.
Science and Society is a two credit hour lecture based course that seeks to explore and understand the ways that science and technology shape the daily lives of humans. We will examine the nature of science and investigate the current controversies over issues in science and technology, so that informed choices among competing scientific, technological, and political and social priorities can be made.
WRIT 320 - Business & Professional Writing (4)
This is an advanced composition course that focuses on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.
Professional Core (30 hours)
COMM 355 - Intro to Grant Writing for Non-Profits NON-PROFITS (4)
This course will enable students to recognize when a grant might be appropriate as a source of funds for a non-profit organization or project, identify and understand non-profit status, adhere to conventions and standards associated with successful grant applications, locate grant opportunities, analyze grant requirements, prepare metrics for success, and develop a written grant proposal. This course will provide an opportunity for students to extend and apply their communication skills. Students pursuing this course will also leverage interdisciplinary insights to solve a real-world problem.
This course will introduce the foundations of medical terminology nomenclature and use. Emphasis will be on the fundamentals of prefix, word root, and suffix linkages to build a broad medical vocabulary.
This course allows students to synthesize connections between academic learning and experiences in the field by identifying a real world problem and addressing it during the field experience. This course integrates internships, service learning, civic engagement, and other valid field experiences so that students learn to transfer skills, abilities, theories, methodologies, and/or paradigms to their academic discipline. Additionally students will achieve ethical, social, and intellectual growth through the exploration of complex issues.
This course allows students to synthesize connections between academic learning and experiences in the field by identifying a real-world problem and addressing it during a field experience. This course integrates internships, service learning, civic engagement, and other valid field experiences so that students learn to transfer skills, abilities, theories, and methodologies to their academic discipline. Additionally, students will achieve ethical, social, and intellectual growth through the exploration of complex issues.
Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students learn to think and act as ethical public administration professionals by developing a broad understanding of the political and organizational environment in which public administrators work and by applying fundamental analytical, decision- making, and communication skills. The professional knowledge and skills explored in the course provide a foundation for subsequent public administration courses.
This course provides a basic introduction to public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities and results of public health practice at the national, state, and community levels. The course also examines public health occupations and careers. Case studies and a variety of practice-related exercises serve as a basis for learner participation in practical public health problem-solving simulations.
Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the standards of evaluating the quality of data.
This course explores the social context of mental health treatment and delivery of mental health care. The delivery of mental health care is rife with public policy debates stemming from the diversity of opinion among policy makers, treatment specialists, consumers of mental health care and their families, for-profit entities such as pharmaceutical companies, and the public. Debates that highlight this course include but are not limited to the following: the proper role of medication in mental health care, balancing patients' rights with the desire for public safety, influence of the Affordable Care Act on mental health diagnosis and treatment, and differences between mental health care in Ohio and that found in other locales.
Major Electives (16 hours)

Choose any sixteen (16) credits from the following domains:

Cultural Diversity
This course exposes students to the principles, concepts, research methods, and applications of cultural anthropology. Students will be introduced to the wide range of variation in social and institutional arrangements found historically and cross-culturally. From language to gender roles, from bases of social stratification to causes and consequences of conformity, from the simpler life in foraging societies to the seeming-chaos in modern post-industrial societies: students will examine the enormous variation in solutions to the requisites of social life.
COMM 400 - Intercultural Communication (4)
This course provides an overview of issues, processes, and theories involved with communicating with individuals from different cultures. Topics include thinking and communicating in global contexts and professional relationships in diverse environments.
This course explores the spectrum of cultural diversity and its consequences within the workplace. While the focus is on the American workplace, some cross-cultural material is examined in relation to current trends toward globalization and multinational corporations. Important themes running throughout the course relate to recognizing and actualizing the benefits of cultural diversity in the workplace as coworkers and leaders minimize the misunderstandings that frequently accompany diversity.
This course explores the types of cultural diversity in society and the effects such diversity has on attitudes, values, beliefs, behavior, and life chances. Human beings vary by many dimensions including race/ethnicity, national origin, sex and sexual orientation, gender and gender orientation, social class, age, religion, and more. Students will explore the nature of inequality as a socially constructed consequence of diversity, the nature of social and institutional strategies that maintain such inequality, and how social arrangements may be altered to mitigate against this inequality for individual as well as social benefit.
Emergency Planning
Students will explore the nuances of planning for and responding to catastrophic disasters. The course will involve discussion of domestic and international approaches to planning and responding to such disasters. Students will view issues from the perspective of an Emergency Manager who spends most of their time in the field planning for critical incidents and disasters and who understands the key components to a good plan that involves many agencies at all levels of government and at different stages of the event. Students will explore the logistics of mass care, mass evacuation, and critical infrastructure damage.
This course will focus on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the Post 9-11 era. Emphasis will be on mitigation and preparedness related to international and domestic terrorism as well as natural disasters.
This course analyzes emergency management from a historical perspective. Disaster planning and disaster management in the post 9-11 environment are analyzed. The impact of Homeland Security on local public safety agencies is examined as are selected Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD #5 and HSPD #11 in particular). The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Plan (NRP) are examined with regard to their impact on local public safety agencies. Finally, special challenges for emergency management and disaster response will be analyzed.
The course will explore the NIMS, ICS, and other federally mandated systems in place for the management of critical incidents such as major fire scenes, major disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events that require a multi-agency response and recovery effort. The course discusses and evaluates the roles of high-level leadership in setting policy direction and planning as well as real-time management of the scene.
Health Informatics
This course introduces students to various types, definitions, relationships, uses, and interpretations of data derived from healthcare functions and processes. Students will explore information standards and representations of health data that are commonly used for patient care, reporting, reimbursement, and quality improvement programs.
This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.
This course examines healthcare organizations from the perspective of managing the information systems that exist within the enterprise. Identifying the clinical and healthcare delivery processes and how they relate to information systems is a main focus. The intent of the course is to identify the key issues confronting the management of healthcare information systems today, examine their causes, and develop reasonable solutions to these issues. Specific federal regulations, vendor solutions, and financial implications as they relate to healthcare information systems are also examined.
This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.
Healthcare Management
This course provides students with an overview of concepts and issues related to healthcare leadership. It is generally a required course for any subsequent healthcare management courses. Through the examination of management topics and healthcare situations, the student will explore the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment. Topics include healthcare leadership, organizational design as it relates to the uniqueness of healthcare organizations, managing professionals, and diversity in the workplace.
This course will explore the essential principles and techniques of quality improvement applied to patient care and the management of services in healthcare organizations. The importance of quality management in leadership of organizations will be emphasized. Topics include fundamentals of quality management, system thinking and goal setting, improvement theories, data collection, statistical tools, medical errors and reporting, public perceptions and organizational accountability.
Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
MGMT 325 - Organizational Behavior (4)
This course focuses on the organizational processes and theoretical constructs related to organizational behavior. The roles of leaders, followers, and teams and their influence on the culture and performance of an organization are addressed through the analysis of key organizational behavior concepts and related cases. Topics will include: values, perception, attitudes, assumptions, learning, motivation, conflict, diversity, and change. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
Risk Management & Insurance
ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting (4)
An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long'lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
An extension of Healthcare Financial Management I, this course offers an advanced and in-depth look at how healthcare managers can apply financial management theory and principles learned in Healthcare Financial Management I to make sound decisions in an ever changing healthcare economic climate. The course will be supplemented by case studies which will focus on topics contained in the course.
This course introduces students to the general concepts of risk identification and management, as well as how various products and methods, including insurance, can be used to manage the non-speculative risks of individuals and businesses. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing various types of insurance products, including life, health, property, and liability insurance contracts, and how the insurance industry develops, manages, markets, and underwrites such contracts in a complex economic and regulatory environment.
This course analyzes the uses of individual and group life and health insurance to manage the financial risks that illness, incapacity, and death pose to individuals and organizations. It includes a review of various health and life insurance products and their utility in addressing specific needs and situations, as well as the underwriting and operational mechanisms that insurers employ in providing such products.
University Electives (38 hours)

Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

A maximum of 8 credit hours of graduate level coursework can be substituted, if the student meets Graduate Admission Standards.

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Career Opportunities

Community Health Worker

Community health workers advocate for the health needs of a population or for the awareness, prevention and treatment of a specific condition or disease, by conducting outreach, creating access to treatment options, and collecting data.

Social and Community Service Manager

Social and community service managers gather data to identify and evaluate government and nonprofit programs and services, while also overseeing the administrative aspects of the programs and supervising the individuals who provide services.

Social and Human Service Assistant

Human service assistants work under the direction of social workers or psychologists to help individuals accomplish tasks associated with daily living including finding employment, arranging transportation, filing for assistance programs, and training clients to be more self-sufficient.

Employment Outlook


From 2015-2025 jobs in Health Sciences are expected to increase by 20%

All Occupations

499,178 jobs
599,014 jobs

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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