Online undergraduate health and nutrition degrees from ASU

April 16, 2018 · 10 min read · By ASU Online
Health care is an exciting field full of constant innovation. Medical providers and practitioners continuously seek and use the latest technology and data to provide better care for the people in their communities, from local physical therapy offices to international health initiatives.

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Yet, aging populations and diseases resistant to current drugs have made the health care industry increasingly complex. As such, the market for health care professionals continues to expand. Deloitte noted that health care stakeholders are searching for new ways to reduce costs by introducing new staffing models, shifting patient care responsibilities and more. Additionally, health services are seeking innovative ways to bring in more revenue by exploring intellectual property and creating new businesses. Furthermore, hospitals and other care centers are exploring better, faster ways of caring for their patients, including but not limited to nanotechnology and 3D printing.

From this information, it’s clear that the health care and nutrition fields are ones filled with growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that one-third of all new jobs added between 2016 and 2026 — approximately 4 million positions — will be in the health care and social assistance field.

Studying the various aspects of human health can be a great choice for individuals looking for fulfilling careers. Health care needs more than nurses and chemists; it also needs data analysts, statisticians, communication experts and lifestyle coaches. But first, these individuals need a world-class education.

Arizona State University offers online health care and nutrition undergraduate programs designed to provide students with the foundation to pursue a variety of roles in health care or continue to a graduate program. The health and nutrition bachelor’s degrees encompass all aspects of the field, including community science, international health initiatives and human nutrition and biochemistry.

Furthermore, the advantages of online education allow students to pursue their studies without sacrificing other aspects of their daily life.

Interested? Take a look at the numerous online bachelor’s degrees in health care and nutrition below:

Biochemistry (BS)

Biochemistry (BS)

Offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the online Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is designed to teach students about the chemical processes that shape life on earth. In terms of health care, chemistry is vital to disease research, food production, drug development and more. The program can help students understand how this science intersects with other disciplines and develop critical problem-solving skills. Graduates can pursue a career in health care, teaching, research, government, or the chemical, biotechnological or pharmaceuticals industries. Alternatively, they can enter a graduate program.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Human anatomy
  • Biophysical chemistry
  • Biology of microorganisms
  • Possible careers include:
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Scientist/Biochemist


Biological Sciences (BS)

The online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a comprehensive look at the evolution of organisms. Students will study the genetic and environmental factors that cause similar creatures to evolve separately, how organisms adapt to their environments, how genetic structures relate to disease and health, and other related topics.

In addition, this program includes all the coursework necessary for students to take the Medical College Admission Test, including math, chemistry, biochemistry and physics.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Social-behavioral science
  • Calculus for life sciences
  • Possible careers include:
  • Bioinformatics Scientist
  • Family Physician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Health and Safety Technician


Community Health (BS)

Offered by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the online Bachelor of Science in Community Health can teach students how to work with public and private organizations to promote the health and well-being of various populations. Students can learn the skills necessary to put themselves at the forefront of community health, studying how to monitor, evaluate and assist specific communities, organize services and educate individuals.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Human development
  • Leadership
  • Social statistics
  • Possible careers include:
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Patient Advocate
  • Social Services Director


Global Health (BA)

The online Bachelor of Arts in Global Health, part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, takes an anthropological, worldwide, cross-cultural approach to promoting health and well-being. Students will study teamwork strategies and can expect to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enabling them to better interact with various communities.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Human evolution
  • Foreign language
  • Statistics
  • Outbreaks and epidemics
  • Environmental and urban health
  • Career outcomes include:
  • Compliance Manager
  • Industrial Ecologist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist


Health Care Coordination (BS)

The online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Coordination, part of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, is designed to teach students how to provide optimum care for individuals. As the health care system focuses more on encouraging healthy lifestyles and preventing disease, it needs more experts to coordinate such large-scale initiatives. This program was designed to meet that demand, helping students understand how to use and create community resources to promote health education and establish new health care systems. In addition, students will study how changes in public policy can affect health care delivery in different communities.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health care ethics
  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Leadership
  • Human nutrition
  • Public speaking
  • Health care legislation
  • Possible careers include:
  • Patient Representative
  • Community Service Manager
  • Health Educator


Health Education and Health Promotion (BS)

Provided by the College of Health Solutions, the online Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Health Promotion was created to help students become a Certified Health Education Specialist. The program meets the necessary educational requirements for students to take the CHES exam, studying strategies related to school health education, nutrition, social media and marketing, physical activity, stress and chronic disease, sexual health education and more.

Students can also learn how to apply these strategies in various settings, including but not limited to nonprofit agencies, wellness centers, insurance companies and university programs.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Psychology
  • Foundations of health
  • Health behavior theory
  • Health communication
  • Possible careers include:
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Care Professor


Health Innovation

The online Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Innovation and the online Bachelor of Science in Health Innovation, both from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation can, prepare students to become innovative leaders in the constantly evolving world of health care. These programs were created to teach students the various principles necessary to adapt to an industry routinely affected by new scientific discoveries, big data and better technology. Students can learn not only how to become health care leaders but also entrepreneurs.

To enroll in the BAS program, students must have first earned an AAS from a regionally accredited school.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health literacy
  • Written communication
  • Ethics
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Possible careers include:
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Innovation Director


Health Sciences (Applied Science BAS)

Part of the College of Health Solutions, the online Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences is a cross-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for a wide range of health careers.

This program is perfect for aspiring students with an applied science health degree who want to earn a four-year degree. They can then pursue numerous career opportunities based on their original AAS degree or apply for graduate study. Possibilities include high-level positions in radiology, nuclear medicine, histology and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Statistics
  • Cultural aspects of health
  • Interpreting scientific literature
  • Evaluating health science research
  • Possible careers include:
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Office and Administrative Supervisor


Health Sciences – Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science (BS)

Provided by the College of Health Solutions, the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science teaches students how to help patients take care of their health as a form of preventive care. The program covers a variety of lifestyle-related health subjects, including fitness, nutrition, healthy eating, stress management and culture. It also focuses on supporting communities alongside nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Students can study research-proven methods of coaching and encouraging individuals to take ownership of their health.

Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible for a wide range of job opportunities, such as health technician, coordinator, practitioner and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Nutrition
  • Physical fitness
  • Coaching and behavioral health psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Possible careers include:
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Community Health Workers
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Postsecondary Health Specialties Teacher


Integrative Health (BS)

The online Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health, provided by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, can teach students the foundation and modern innovations of holistic, international health approaches such as acupuncture, meditation, herbal remedies and more. Students can learn to think critically about the different forms of medical care and study how to deconstruct relevant research.

Perhaps most importantly, students will review the legalities, standards and ethics related to practicing alternative medicine.

Upon graduation, students are able to pursue careers in a field related to integrative health. Alternatively, they can focus on graduate studies to prepare for roles as a nurse or an integrative health practitioner. 

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Social statistics
  • Clinical health care ethics
  • Human pathophysiology
  • Stress management tools
  • Biological, manipulative and body-based therapies
  • Possible careers include:
  • Social Services Director
  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Health Care Support Worker


International Public Health (BIPH)

Offered by the College of Health Solutions and aligned with U.S. accreditation standards, the online Bachelor of International Public Health is designed to help students learn how to evaluate public health information and communicate this data to diverse audiences through multiple media forms. Prior to graduation, students will complete a capstone course that prepares them for various global health-related fields, such as health policy, community-based care or data informatics.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • International indigenous health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Health leadership
  • Ethics
  • Possible careers include:
  • Community health worker
  • Health education specialist
  • Medical and Health Services Program Manager


Nursing - RN to BSN

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, part of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, can prepare nurses to meet the profession’s increasing demands. RNs will need to take on new responsibilities as the population ages, life expectancies increase and health care becomes more advanced. This program can help students meet these expectations through earning a Bachelor of Science.

The program is available to nurses with both bachelor’s and associate degrees. The course material includes studies that are evidence-based and population-focused.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Writing for health management
  • Health promotion across the lifespan
  • Community and public health nursing
  • Innovation in nursing

Possible careers include:

  • Intensive Care Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist


Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship (BS)

The online Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship, part of the College of Health Solutions, can prepare students to respond to the increasing public interest in personal health, equipping them with nutritional knowledge and good communication skills.

Students in the program will study several topics, including:

  • Food and nutrition entrepreneurship: Students can learn how different food industries operate from a business perspective. They'll also have the chance to work in a retail kitchen.
  • Food studies: Students can learn about sustainability, food marketing, food systems and nutrition to become well-rounded experts. This track can set them up for a flexible career in these fields and others.
  • Nutrition communication: Students can learn how to best communicate in the complex world of health and nutrition. They'll study research methods, statistics, nutrition and communication and review how to convey evidence-based information to both consumers and professionals.

Graduates can pursue careers in food production, service management, health and wellness marketing, journalism and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Statistics
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Digital technology as it relates to nutrition
  • Writing for professionals

Possible careers include:

  • Food Scientist
  • Food Quality Analyst
  • Chef

Earning a foundation in health care with ASU Online

Today’s medical issues — preventing age-related diseases like dementia, finding cures for terminal diseases, spreading health awareness to underserved communities and more — demand that tomorrow's health care leaders have a solid foundation in their fields. These issues require a collaborative, cross-disciplinary effort among professionals.

The online health care and nutrition degrees offered by ASU can help students enter a variety of related careers. The programs give students a foundation in human health, science and nutrition, and many supplement this knowledge with research, statistics, communication, technology, writing and other vital skills. Furthermore, their online availability allows students to study and complete coursework at their own pace.

Does this sound like it could be the right fit for you? Explore the various undergraduate health care and nutrition degrees offered by ASU Online and visit the specific program pages to request more information.

Program details are subject to change. Current information can be found by visiting individual program pages on the ASU Online website.



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