Distance Learning Health Science Degree Programs with School Info

Health science is the study of human structure and function as well as the interactions between bodily systems. Read the article below to find distance learning programs in health science and research information about schools offering degrees.

University of North Carolina's Programs

Master of Public Health (MPH) and certificate programs are offered by the University of North Carolina on a distance learning basis through the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Requirements include a bachelor's degree, demonstrated math and writing ability and either medical or nursing training or significant, health-related work experience. Certificate credits may be transferable to the school's MPH programs.


These 12-15-credit hour programs can be completed by students who never visit the campus. The Certificate in Epidemiology program covers topics including infectious disease, outbreaks, disease investigation and surveillance and methods of field epidemiology. There is also a Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts, offering some of the same content found within the MPH program. Applications are accepted year-round, but most students begin in the fall.

Master of Public Health

The MPH is a 42-credit program that can be completed in 2-3 years, but students have up to five years to finish. Most work is done online, but students must attend two week-long sessions at UNC's Chapel Hill campus. Students are required to complete a practicum and research paper. Courses by concentration are shown below:

  • Leadership Concentration Courses
    • Epidemiology
    • Public health practice
    • Program development
    • Public health nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing Concentration Courses
    • Biomedical statistics
    • Health policy and management
    • Health education
    • Environmental science
    • Industrial hygiene
    • Toxicology
    • Ergonomics
    • Occupational safety

Contact Information

  • Address: 103 South Bldg., CB 9100, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
  • Phone Number: (919) 962-2211

University of Louisville's Program

The university's School of Nursing online program is designed for those with nursing degrees or diplomas who wish to advance to leadership roles. All work is completed online except for a practicum in community health, which can be completed in the student's hometown. Degrees and transcripts are identical to those given to traditional students.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Applicants must have an unrestricted RN license and an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or above. Those accepted may begin in the spring or fall. Courses include the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Health assessment
  • Health-care management

Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 S. 3rd St., Louisville, Kentucky 40292
  • Phone Number: (502) 852-5555

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