There is a prominent workforce demand for Health Science professionals across Alaska. Career options for individuals interested in pursuing this field are as varied as the landscape of Alaska itself.
Health Science professionals are committed to improving access and delivery of healthcare services and identifying community healthcare needs.
Depending on areas of interest, Health Sciences students at APU may pursue concentrations in Pre-Health, Pre-Nursing, Behavioral Health, and Healthcare Management.
Offering a variety of course delivery methods and multiple entry points throughout the academic year, the Health Sciences program at APU is a fit for first time freshmen, transfer students, and working professionals. Within the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, students may choose to pursue one of four concentrations: Pre-Health, Pre-Nursing, Behavioral Health, or Healthcare Management. Depending on the concentration area, courses may be offered on campus, by distance delivery, or a hybrid delivery. APU also offers both daytime and evening course offerings depending on the pathway and program requirements. A first-time freshmen student with full-time enrollment status each semester, can expect to complete their degree in 8 semesters across four years.
Major Studies for Health Sciences students include:
- Contemporary Issues in Healthcare
- Culturally-Responsive Healthcare and Health Systems
- Research Methods in Health & Behavioral Science
For students pursuing the Pre-Health concentration, coursework includes Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry. Healthcare Management students will pursue topics related to the Healthcare Industry, Finance & Accounting, Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare, and Healthcare Information, Management, Licensing & Accreditation.
The Behavioral Health concentration is for current Behavioral Health Aides who may transfer coursework earned through Ilisagvik College into APU’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.
Depending upon the area of concentration within Health Sciences, graduates may continue on to careers as:
- Physician Assistants
- Medical Doctors
- Behavioral Health practitioners
- Healthcare Administrators.
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
The Nursing & Health Program Area is grounded in cultural competence and cultural safety, our nursing, community health, and health sciences programs provide pathways to professional goal attainment. We partner with care providers, health services, and Tribal organizations to ensure that our programs are relevant, respectful, and responsible. Join us now to meet the critical care needs of our communities.