Applied Health Science

Seeking a degree in a non-clinical health related field?

 

The AHS program will prepare students to work in a multitude of nonclinical health careers. It is designed for those who seek to work in areas that improve the health of individuals and communities, including health care settings, physician offices, public health organizations, and government agencies. It may also serve as a stepping stone for students to pursue graduate and pre-professional programs in health administration. The program is available fully online in an eight week format.

  • Student must be officially admitted to the University of North Alabama
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completed application for admission to the AHS program

 

AHS 300R. (6) Leadership and Healthcare Delivery

In this course students examine the history and current functions of health services delivery systems in the United States. The course focuses on critical leadership competencies that are essential for the leaders of the most complex health care organizations. Students will examine how to effectively deliver health care services in hospitals, nursing homes, multi-specialty clinics, and home health care agencies. Students will also examine their personal strengths, weaknesses, values, and ways they resolve conflicts in professional settings.  Prerequisite is admission to the AHS program. (Fall, Spring, Summer) 

AHS 301R. (6) Health Communication and Cultural Diversity

This course will explore various issues related to communication in healthcare.  The course will examine how certain health disparities are related to human interactions in the following contexts: social, cultural, and historical.  Students will explore the meanings of health, health promotion, and illness among different underrepresented populations.  The course will explore cultural diversity among people related to health care.  Students will be able to examine how various groups view illness, the effects of illness on the community, and how health care professionals can serve others with cultural competence. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 302R. (3) Informatics

This course is intended to provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of information and communication systems, and how they are used. Concepts include meaningful use in electronic health records (EHR), health informatics exchange, quality improvement strategies, public health informatics, and ethical applications of informatics. The current and future role of the health care informatics profession will be discussed. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 303R. (6) Health Policy, Ethics, and Legal Issues

This course will introduce students to the policies in the healthcare system while exploring all ethical considerations and dilemmas in health care as well as legal matters related to health care and health care outcomes.  This course will provide exposure to leadership approaches that can be taken to promote effective changes in policies and ways to resolve legal and ethical dilemmas that may present in the health care system.  This course will provide knowledge to real world situations. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring) 

AHS 304R. (6) Epidemiology and Population Health

In this course, students are provided an overview of the standards and practices of population health, epidemiology, and the application of the population health statistics. There will be an introduction to the basic terms and definitions of population health, the influences and relationships that lead to disease, as well as disease prevention. Students will explore and discuss factors related to social justice.  Students will be able to describe how disease is spread within populations and communities through the introduction to epidemiologic terminology, methods, critical thinking, and basic analysis. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 305R. (3) Consumer Health

This course is intended to provide students with a framework for evaluating consumer health information. Concepts include decision making as it relates to health literacy, internal and external influences on health care decisions and health outcomes, and effective health education. The course also provides students with tools and resources to identify, evaluate, and validate product information used in the delivery of health care, health services, and other health behaviors. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 306R. (3) Research in Health

In this course, students will receive a basic introduction to the research process.  Students will examine how research is utilized to address various health problems and how research serves as a foundation for practice.  Various research methods will be explored and students will perform critical analysis of research studies. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

AHS 307R.(6) Grant Writing and Capstone

This course will assist the student to gain introductory experience in the process of “grantmanship.” Students will develop skills related to identifying sources of grant funding, practical research application, and proposal writing.  The capstone of the course will involve a final project in a specific area of interest related to the student’s proposed track.  This course is designed to take the final semester of core AHS requirements.

AHS 308R. (3) Healthcare Economics

This course will introduce the field of healthcare economics.  Course topics will include the concepts of basic economics, why healthcare is different from other markets, characteristics of the healthcare market in the US, global healthcare, healthcare reform, the importance of development in healthcare, and economic evaluation techniques. Prerequisite AHS 300R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 404R. (6) Health Administration and Strategic Planning

This course will give students an opportunity to explore management and planning in health care environments. Students will build on concepts learned in the Leadership and Health Delivery course. Emphasis will be placed on such concepts as management theory, organizational culture, strategic planning, quality improvement, change theory, and conflict resolution.  Prerequisite AHS 307R. (Fall, Spring)

AHS 405R. (6) Budgeting and Finance

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of budgeting and finance in healthcare. Students will examine financial operations, health care reimbursement, risk analysis, financing, and financial condition assessment. Prerequisite AHS 307R.(Fall, Spring)

AHS 406R. (6) Principles of Resource Management and Supervision

This course provides information related to essential skills to the health care administrator. Students will explore functions of health care and resource management. Students will learn resource management strategies, establishing benchmarks and organizational research methods, productivity and performance management, project management, and purchasing and materials management. Prerequisite AHS 307R (Fall, Spring)

Prospective Students, contact:

Mrs. Kristy Garcia 
Student Recruitment Relationship Specialist
UNA Box 5127
email: klgarcia@una.edu
Phone: 256.627.8107

Enrolled Students, contact:

Ms. Hayden Behel 
Undergraduate Enrollment Coordinator 
UNA Box 5044
email: hbehel1@una.edu
Phone: TBD

 

The following semester-by-semester schedule is recommended for the AHS student

  

Freshman Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

BI 101

4

Area II

3

EN 111

3

EN 112

3

HI1 01 or 201

3

MA 147

3

MA 110

3

HI 102 or 202

3

FYE

1

PY 201

3

                                          Total

14

                                            Total

15

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

BI 241

4

Natural Science Elective

4

CIS 125

3

EN 222/232/Humanity

3

COM 201/221

3

CNH 342

3

SOC 221

3

ED 299

3

EN 221/231

3

Optional Elective

3

                                          Total

16

                                            Total

16

Junior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

AHS 300R

6

AHS 303R

6

AHS 301R

6

AHS 304R

6

AHS 302R

3

AHS 305R / HPE 408

3

 

 

AHS 306R

3

                                          Total

14

                                            Total

15

Senior Year

First Semester

Second Semester

Course

Credit

Course

Credit

AHS 307R

6

AHS 405R

6

AHS 308R

3

AHS 406R

6

AHS 404R

6

 

 

                                          Total

15

                                            Total

12

 

 

AHS Student Handbook

Prospective Students, contact:

Mrs. Kristy Garcia  
Student Recruitment Relationship Specialist
UNA Box 5127
email: klgarcia@una.edu
Phone: 256.765.4667

Enrolled Students, contact:

Ms. Hayden Behel 
Coordinator, Undergraduate Enrollment 
UNA Box 5044 | 223 Stevens Hall
email: hbehel1@una.edu 
Phone: 256.765.5136