Applied Health Major

Program Overview

Designed to be completed in a minimum of four full-length semesters, the Applied Health program enables students to critically review research, identify valid sources of health information, analyze factors that contribute to health and illness, examine the organization and administration of health care, and apply these in a professional work setting.  Students apply these skills through the completion of a 3-credit, 120-hour internship during their final semester. 

The B.S. in Applied Health was developed to allow for declaration of a minor field of study and students who select the Applied Health major are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in Economics, Interpersonal Communication, Public Relations, Women & Gender Studies, Sales, Psychology, or Sociology. 

Is Applied Health Right for You?

The Applied Health program prepares students with basic health administration, management and marketing skills.  Therefore, the program is specifically aimed at students who:

  • Have completed an A.A./A.S. or an A.A.S. in an Allied Health discipline.
  • Are seeking advancement at their place of employment.
  • Are interested in entry level administrative positions in health-related industries and agencies.


Careers in Applied Health

The Applied Health program prepares students for a variety of positions in health care industries and settings such as non-profit health organizations, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, nursing homes, assisted living communities and other residential settings.

With a B.S. in Applied Health, students may pursue a variety of careers in entry-level positions, including:

  • Health care staffing recruiter
  • Research assistant
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Medical device sales representative
  • Medical administrative specialist
  • Field sales coordinator
  • Community relations associate
  • Health-insurance customer representative

Advancement in most administrative positions requires a Master’s degree.  Common degrees for individuals with an Applied Health background include the Masters in Health Administration (M.H.A.), Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.), or Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) with a concentration in Health Administration.