Best Online Bachelor’s in Health Science

Find top-ranked online bachelor’s in health science degree programs for students wanting to pursue careers as healthcare executives, health educators, and exercise physiologists.

Best Online Bachelor’s in Health Science
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Frequently Asked Questions About Health Science Degrees

Why get a bachelor’s in health science?

Take the next step in your healthcare profession by earning a bachelor’s in health science.

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What will a bachelor’s in health science prepare me for?

This versatile degree prepares you for career paths in the healthcare field or lays the foundation for advanced degrees in subjects like medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy.

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What topics do courses cover while getting a bachelor’s in health science?

Courses will cover the broad topic of health, including health promotion, disease prevention, ethical decision-making, individual patient care, and public health.

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How long does it take to get a bachelor’s in health science?

Most programs, whether online or on campus, are about 120 credits, which typically takes about four to five years to complete. Pathway programs (or degree completion programs) also exist for those who transfer in from an associate degree program.

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What can you do with a bachelor’s in health science?

After graduation, students can pursue careers as healthcare executives, health educators, and exercise physiologists.

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Learn more about how to major in medicine.

Best Online Bachelor's in Health Science

How do we determine the best online health science bachelor's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Health Science Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 59 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Missouri

    #108 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BHS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 64 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BA in Applied Science

    Concentrations

    • Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 114-120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Vermont

    #305 institution's historical influence
    #246 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Burlington, VT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences major in Healthcare Studies

    Concentrations

    • Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Management
    • Health and Wellness
    • Public Health
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    BHS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences – Health Services Administration
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Ferris State University

    #1881 institution's historical influence
    #402 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    Big Rapids, MI

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Allied Health Science
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Washburn University

    #755 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    4K

    Topeka, KS

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    Online Degrees

    BHS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    University of the Incarnate Word

    #2938 institution's historical influence
    #507 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1055/20

    San Antonio, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  12. #12

    Quinnipiac University

    #1437 institution's historical influence
    #804 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    9K

    Hamden, CT

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Science Studies
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Southwest Baptist University

    #3400 institution's historical influence
    #673 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1027/22

    Bolivar, MO

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 128-142
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Wilmington University

    #2943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    11K

    New Castle, DE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Texas at Arlington

    #765 institution's historical influence
    #1113 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/23

    Arlington, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 51 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    West Virginia State University

    #1438 institution's historical influence
    #996 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    30%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    965/19

    Institute, WV

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    University of North Alabama

    #2115 institution's historical influence
    #726 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1097/23

    Florence, AL

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Health Science
    • Required Credits: 117
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Public Health
    • Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Therapy
    • General Allied Health
    • Medical Assisting
    • Paramedic Care
    • Physical Therapist Assisting
    • Respiratory Care
    • Surgical Technology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Western Kentucky University

    #1142 institution's historical influence
    #559 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Bowling Green, KY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

    #9555 institution's historical influence
    #184 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    1K

    Lancaster, PA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Clinical Management Concentration
    • Advanced Practice/Science Concentration
    • Professional Certificate: Foundation for Health Informatics
    • Professional Certificate: Healthcare Administration
    • Required Credits: 165
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of Nebraska at Kearney

    #2715 institution's historical influence
    #545 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1079/23

    Kearney, NE

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Applied Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Utica College

    #2604 institution's historical influence
    #837 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    4K

    Utica, NY

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Briar Cliff University

    #6027 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    <1K

    Sioux City, IA

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 39 (major requirements)
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    West Texas A&M University

    #2574 institution's historical influence
    #1327 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/20

    Canyon, TX

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Sciences
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Purdue University Global

    #3230 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    46K

    West Lafayette, IN

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    Online Degrees

    BS in Health Science
    • Required Credits: 180
    • Completion time: 4 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require a time of adjustment. Although you’ll typically learn the same material and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, going online will require greater independence and responsibility than going in person. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, for harnessing the online educational technology that you’ll need to use, and for completing the course requirements, such as listening to lectures, learning lessons, reading texts, and handing in assignments. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take the initiative in building relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier than campus-based education is ease of access: all you need is a computer and an internet connection for online education. But even this seeming advantage of online education can be misleading: what’s easier, studying online with your computer and internet connection from your home where you need to cook, clean, pay rent, and maintain a job? Or studying on campus in a dorm where all your living needs are handled by the school, and college staff are there to help you every step of the way?

If you take the commute to campus out of the equation, campus-based education is easier. All the support structures available on campus for students, especially with real people to help you in person, are not there online. The demands on you as an online student will largely be the same as for your campus-based counterpart, but without the same helps.

In general, your online courses will present the same material and test you in the same way as traditional in-person courses. In many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning with remote educational technology for the first time, online college may be considerably more challenging than campus-based college. For a few insights on how to manage this new online experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable non-profit institutions on the one end and less-than-reputable for-profit institutions on the other end. Accreditation gives you the power to identify the more reputable actors in online education. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency indicating that a college or university is meeting standards of quality and credibility. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university that is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. For students seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that they opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree. For more on this important topic, check out our What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter? College & University Accreditation Guide.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited (see the previous point), you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer of credits. In many cases, you will encounter some bureaucratic haggling in which some of your credits will be transferred and others may be refused. However, provided that you have attended an online school with recognized regional accreditation, you should be in good shape in transferring your credits earned online.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript, or resumé differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

Some employers may express the concern that because you did your degree online, you may need to transition from an online education experience to in-person workplace experience. But in an age of Covid, that concern seems much diminished. The fact is that much employment these days is remote. And collaboration increasingly happens online over Zoom. Many employers will therefore view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will be less than ideal for you (though depending on your circumstances, it may also be the only viable option).

While there is much in traditional campus-based education that can be substituted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing that can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual in-person classroom setting. As you transition to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face in getting the most out of your online classes is overcoming this difference between “real reality” and “virtual reality.” Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. Above all, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete at your own pace and on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

Resources for Online College-Bound Students

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