Gain Skills to Build a Healthier Community.

The fully online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program from West Virginia State University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between social factors and health. Through coursework in statistics, nutrition, sociology, health assessment and more, students learn to apply relevant theories and develop education programs that address the health needs of target populations. This program is accredited by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and prepares graduates for careers in health education and other health-related fields.

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Course List

General Education Requirements

39 credit hours needed

Health Sciences Core Courses

28 credit hours

  • Statistics for the Social Sciences OR Statistics for Professional
    Studies (choose 1)
  • Nutrition
  • Health Leadership
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Issues in Rural Health
  • Theory in Health
  • Epidemiology in Health
  • Contemporary Health Assessment
  • Research and Evaluation
Community Health Education Courses

40 credit hours

  • Introduction to Health and Human Performance
  • Consumer Health
  • Community Health
  • Applied Nutrition in Health
  • Methods and Strategies in Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Planning/Implementing/Evaluating Interventions in HHP
  • Internship in Health Sciences
  • Business Information Skills
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Writing for Business and Other Professions
  • Health Psychology


Upon graduation from this program, you will be qualified for a wide variety of careers in health education and other health-related fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health educators and community health workers earn an average salary of around $44,390 per year and can expect to see faster than average career growth through 2024. Other potential careers include:

  • Community health organizer
  • Lab manager
  • Health care facility coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Public health specialist
  • Health care administrator
  • Health information specialist