Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Safety

Managing safety in risky situations

Explore a career managing health and safety risks with a Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Safety from IU Southeast. Our program offers a multifaceted approach to understanding and managing health and safety risks in various settings.

Practical application, Expert Faculty

Our program emphasizes practical application, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to address real-world challenges effectively. Through coursework covering topics such as risk assessment, occupational health, emergency preparedness, and regulatory compliance, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of safety principles. Learn from our expert faculty through hands-on experiences.

Valuable knowledge, adaptable skills

The knowledge you’ll gain from our program is invaluable in industries ranging from construction and manufacturing to healthcare and environmental management, where ensuring the well-being of employees and the public is key. The interdisciplinary nature of the program fosters critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, enabling you to adapt to evolving safety standards and emerging threats.

Flexible, in-demand skills

The demand for health and safety professionals continues to grow globally, offering you diverse career opportunities and the potential for advancement. A Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Safety not only prepares individuals for fulfilling careers dedicated to protecting lives and minimizing risks but also contributes to safer workplaces and communities at large.

The Bachelor of Applied Health Science in Safety is a program of IU Bloomington offered in person on the campus of IU Southeast.


Safety professionals pursue careers to enhance the protection of communities and reduce injuries/fatalities. Graduates serve as safety specialists, safety trainers, management consultants, safety inspectors, safety managers, safety educators, emergency planners, safety and HR directors and administrators. Other fields associated with health protection include industrial hygiene, ergonomics, fire protection, security, environmental science, and engineering.

Degree information

120 Credit hours
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
100% Online

Degree Requirements

This is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science degree with a major in safety. A minimum of 26 successfully completed credits and a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average (GPA) are required for admission to this program. Graduation requirement include:

  • completion of general education requirements
  • completion of safety major requirements
  • a minimum of 120 successfully completed credit hours which count toward the degree program
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in courses with the following department code-prefixes: SPH-B, SPH-F, SPH-H, SPH-N, SPH-P, AND SPH-S
  • no pass/fail except for free electives

General Education (20-39 credits)

All undergraduate students must complete the IU Bloomington campus-wide general education common ground requirements. Such students must visit the 2014-2015 General Education Bulletin (or most current version of the IU Bloomington General Education bulletin) to view these requirements.

Major (91 credits)

Safety and Health Courses (48 credits)

A minimum grade of C- is required in each professional core course.

Complete each of the following courses:

  • SPH-H 174 Prevention of Violence in American Society + S&H or SPH-S 255 Threats, Violence, and Workplace Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 101 Introduction to Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 151 Legal Aspects of Safety (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 201 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 210 General Industry Standards (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 214 OSHA Construction Standards (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 231 Safety Engineering and Technology (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 251 Incident Investigation and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 332 Ergonomics and Human Factors (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 336 Emergency Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 345 Safety Program Management (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 410 Advanced Industrial Hygiene (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 411 Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 415 Safety Education and Training (3 cr.)
  • SPH-S 496 Field Experience in Occupational Safety (6 cr.)

Additional Major Courses (28 credits)

Complete the following 10 credit chemistry sequence:

  • CHEM-C 101 Elementary Chemistry I (3 cr.) +N&M
  • CHEM-C 121 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory I (2 cr.) +N&M
  • CHEM-C 102 Elementary Chemistry II (3 cr.) +N&M
  • CHEM-C 122 Elementary Chemistry Laboratory II (2 cr.) +N&M

Complete each of the following:

  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.) or BUS-X 204 Business Communications (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I (3 cr.) +N&M
  • PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II (Prereq: P101 or P151) (3 cr.) +S&H or SOC-S 163 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) +S&H
  • SPH-B 150 Introduction to Public Health (3 cr.)
  • SPH-H 381 (formerly HPER-H 391) Introduction to Health Information and Statistics (3 cr.) or MATH-K 300 or PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
  • SPH-P 205 Structural Kinesiology (3 cr.) or ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy (5 cr.) +N&M

Professional Electives (15 credits)

Complete 15 credits from the list of safety professional electives. A minimum of 12 of the 15 selected credits must be at the 300/400 level. A minimum grade of C- is required in each professional elective course.

+ Courses followed by an N&M notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, natural and mathematic sciences requirement.

+ Courses followed by an S&H notation apply toward completion of both the major requirement and the general education, social and historical studies requirement.

Special Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in professional safety and health protection organizations including student chapters of Eta Sigma Gamma and the American Society of Safety Engineers. Safety management or emergency management public or private sector internships may be pursued by students as part of their educational experience.

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