Public Health - Health Care Leadership

The purpose of this bachelor's degree program is to prepare graduates who can become leaders in variety of health care settings. The program leads to the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with a major in public health. This degree may serve as a terminal degree or as the basis for graduate study in public health, occupational therapy, or other advanced degrees in the health sciences.

The Course content, delivered 100 percent online, is designed to prepare students and working professionals with a health care background for leadership roles in the field. Students will be exposed to broader concepts outside of patient care, such as health care policy, cultural competence, epidemiology, and population health. The faculty believes these concepts and values are essential in the education of the baccalaureate-prepared population-focused health professional.

Allen College, part of UnityPoint Health System, understands baccalaureate-prepared health care providers are better prepared to take on expanded roles after graduation. The program prepares graduates to be cognizant of new systems of health care delivery, changing disease patterns, population patterns, and a more health conscious public.

Because this is an online program, most students work part-time or more while enrolled in the program and do not need to relocate near the college. This may significantly reduce the amount of financial aid students need in order to complete the degree.

Program Goals

The BHS-PH program seeks to:

  1. Educate professionals who are competent care providers in a variety of public health settings;
  2. Promote critical thinking, scholarship, and citizenship to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities;
  3. Facilitate the development of effective communication skills; and 
  4. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning and the role of the population-focused health professional.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the BHS-PH degree program is to translate population-based knowledge into strategies to prevent human disease and disability. The program prepares graduates for careers in the public health field that focus on interventions and programs aimed at improving the health status and quality of life for individuals and populations. The BHS-PH program is dedicated to a holistic approach to education recognizing the uniqueness of each student, to excellence in education and to the utilization of and participation in scholarship and evidenced based practices that promote health and prevent human disease and disability.

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Contact: Jeremy Whitaker, EdD, MPH
Program Director
(319) 226-2526


Andrea Schmit                                                      
Admissions Counselor                                          
(319) 226-2019