Online Health Sciences Degree Programs
If you pursue an online bachelor's or master's degree in health sciences, you can become a health educator, coordinator or manager. Keep reading for more about degrees available, areas of study, online learning and career options.
What Online Health Sciences Degrees Can I Earn?
Most online health sciences degree programs award bachelor's degrees; however, you can enroll in a select number of online master's degree programs in health sciences. What you want to do as a career can help you determine if a bachelor's or master's program is right for you, since the different programs emphasize different things.
|Degree Levels Available Online||Bachelor's, master's|
|Common Courses||Human behavior, disease prevention, health sciences research, health care administration, health education|
|Online Learning||Learn through forum discussions, broadcast lectures, video conferencing; requires high-speed internet connection|
|In-person Requirements||Some programs require lab work or an internship|
|Careers||Health and wellness coordinator, hospital administrator, health educator|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||16% growth (for health educators and community health workers)*|
|Median Salary (2018)||$46,080 (for health educators and community health workers)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Learn?
Bachelor's degree programs study human behavior, health and wellness, social science and health care. Many programs end with a final capstone project that focuses on a current health sciences topic and may include fieldwork or an internship. Some bachelor's degree programs require you to hold an associate's degree before enrolling.
Master's degree programs focus on developing leadership skills in the health services industry. You might be able to specialize in fields like health administration or education. The program usually ends with a final project or a thesis paper that requires you to conduct advanced health research. Common topics that you'll study include:
- Human physiology
- Public health
- Contemporary health care issues
- Disease prevention
- Behavioral health
- Health services technology
- Statistical analysis
- Health sciences research
- Human resources management
- Health care administration
How Are Online Programs Presented?
You can complete a bachelor's degree program in health sciences almost entirely online, but you might need to conduct fieldwork or participate in an internship as part of your final project. Some master's degree programs offer completely online health sciences programs while others might require you to have your exams proctored by an approved professional.
During both bachelor's and master's degree programs, you often can complete readings, lectures and assignments online, as well as test your knowledge through online quizzes. Programs usually require you to purchase an antivirus program. You also might need a sound card, speakers, a microphone and a broadband Internet connection.
What Can I Do After I Graduate?
A bachelor's degree program can prepare you for a health and wellness coordinator position. These programs also prepare you for administrative and managerial positions in the health industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical and health services managers made an annual median wage of $99,730 in May 2018 (source: www.bls.gov).
With your bachelor's or master's degree, you can apply for jobs in health education. The BLS reported that health educators earned a median annual salary of $46,080 in May 2018. If you wish to work as a health educator, you might want to become a Certified Health Education Specialist, reported the BLS. According to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., you'll need to hold at least a bachelor's degree with academic experience in the field of health education and pass an examination (source: www.nchec.org). You'll also need to be recertified every five years by pursuing continuing education courses or taking an examination.