Online Undergraduate Degree in Health Sciences

The healthcare field is rapidly evolving and changing. Healthcare organizations need innovative professionals who understand the field and the people they serve. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program equips students with the communication, cultural, management, and leadership competencies needed to make a positive impact within the healthcare industry.

Program begins in fall 2024.



Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Develop and apply strategies that optimize the management and delivery of health organizations
  • Articulate how culture influences individual behaviors, organizational ethics, and healthcare delivery and demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that reflect cultural competence
  • Utilize research methods and assess data that contribute to successful health management
  • Evaluate the resources and quality measures used by healthcare organizations and suggest ways to optimize both


To prepare graduates for diverse career paths in a range of fields, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program offers an interdisciplinary and customizable curriculum. Students take eight core courses and choose a major concentration in Strategic Management to focus on administration, Public Health to focus on health policy and social issues, or Biology for Health Sciences to enhance existing allied health positions. Health Sciences students also select an elective certificate comprised of four courses from outside of the major.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree requires 45 units total, including the major, concentration, elective certificate, and elective and distribution courses.

Core Courses

Complete All Eight

  • HEALTH SCI 250-DL Healthcare Principles
  • HEALTH SCI 315-DL Communication in Health Science Professions
  • HEALTH SCI 317-DL Culturally Responsive Healthcare
  • HEALTH SCI 355-DL Managing Financial Resources in Healthcare Organizations
  • HEALTH SCI 357-DL Healthcare Quality Management
  • HEALTH SCI 365-DL Data Management and Analytics in Healthcare
  • HEALTH SCI 367-DL Research Methods in Health Sciences
  • HEALTH SCI 395-DL Capstone

Major Concentrations

Choose one

Strategic Management

  • ORG BEH 368-DL Project Management
  • ORG BEH 307-DL Principles of Leadership
  • ORG BEH 310-DL Organizational Change
  • ORG BEH 367-DL Strategic Planning and Management

Public Health

  • PUB HEALTH 341-DL Public Health Principles and Practice
  • PUB HEALTH 342-DL Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • PUB HEALTH 343-DL Social Determinants of Health
  • PUB HEALTH 344-DL Health Program Development and Evaluation

Biology for Health Sciences

  • HS BIO 201-DL Introduction to Chemical and Physical Sciences
  • BIOL SCI 217-DL Physiology
  • BIOL SCI 313-DL Human Anatomy
  • BIOL SCI 328-DL Microbiology

Elective Certificates

Choose one

Elective certificates provide students with the opportunity to build skills in a wide range of areas to meet career objectives and earn a stand-alone credential to demonstrate expertise in the professional arena.

Artificial Intelligence

  • CIS 323-DL Python for Data Science
  • CIS 324-DL Applied Data Science
  • CIS 360-DL Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning
  • CIS 361-DL Natural Language Processing for Artificial Intelligence

Business Essentials

  • ECON 201-DL Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ACCOUNT 201-DL Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • FINANCE 202-DL Introduction to Finance
  • MKTG 201-DL Principles of Marketing

Corporate Communication and Branding

  • COMM ST 261-DL Introduction to Corporate Strategic Communication
  • COMM ST 395-DL Topics: Crisis Communication
  • MKTG 320-DL Brand Management
  • MKTG 370-DL Public Relations

Data Science

  • CIS 323-DL Python for Data Science
  • CIS 324-DL Applied Data Science
  • CIS 325-DL Enterprise Data Science
  • CIS 326-DL Data Science Engineering

Human Resources

  • ORG BEH 309-DL Human Resource Management
  • ORG BEH 321-DL Employment Law
  • ORG BEH 312-DL Managing Diversity and Inclusion
  • ORG BEH 311-DL Conflict Resolution

Law and Policy

  • POLI SCI 328-DL Public Policy
  • POLI SCI 309-DL Political Theories of the Rule of Law
  • SOCIOL 318-DL Sociology of Law
  • AF AM ST 319-DL Race, Ethnicity, and the American Constitution


  • ORG BEH 307-DL Leadership Principles and Practices
  • ORG BEH 301-DL Organizational Behavior
  • ORG BEH 310-DL Organizational Change
  • ORG BEH 391-DL Cultural Competencies & Global Leadership


  • CIS 323-DL Python for Data Science
  • CIS 324-DL Applied Data Science
  • CIS 212-DL Intro to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CIS 385-DL Programming

Research and Analytics

  • COMM ST 201-DL Research Methods in Communication Studies
  • SOCIOL 226-DL Sociological Analysis
  • MKTG 350-DL Market Research
  • COMM ST 352-DL Social Network Analysis

Social Justice

  • SOC SCI 330-DL Human Rights and Social Institutions: A Global Perspective
  • SOC SCI 331-DL Social Justice Movements
  • SOC SCI 334-DL Social Justice and the Commercial Sector
  • SOC SCI 335-DL Social Entrepreneurship and the Non-profit Sector

Strategic Communication

  • COMM ST 205-DL Theories of Persuasion
  • COMM ST 225-DL Communication and Culture
  • COMM ST 250-DL Team Leadership and Decision Making
  • COMM ST 395-DL Topics: Digital Media and Society


Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for Health Sciences.
Distribution Major Electives Total
14 units Core courses: 8 units
Concentration: 4 units
Certificate courses: 4 units
Other electives: 15 units
45 units

In addition to the core courses, major concentration, elective certificate, and elective courses, students complete 14 units of distribution courses that includes a writing requirement and courses from three areas. Two distribution courses focus on diversity and inclusion, one course within the United States and one course within global perspectives. Students complete a philosophy course on professional ethics for one of the four humanities distribution courses.


  • English 111 Writing Seminar and 205 Intermediate Composition (2 units)
  • Humanities (4 units)
  • Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (4 units)
  • Social Sciences (4 units)


More about the Online Health Sciences Degree


Online Health Sciences Degree Admission & Transfer Policy

Application to Northwestern University School of Professional Studies bachelor's degree programs is completed online. Once admitted, many students create a shorter path to degree completion by applying transfer credit. View detailed application instructions and transfer credit policies on the Admission & Transfer Policy page.

Online Health Sciences Degree Tuition & Financial Aid

The School of Professional Studies offers competitive tuition rates for undergraduate courses. The Tuition & Financial Aid page lists current per-course tuition rates in addition to financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Online Registration for Health Sciences Degree

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page. 


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