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Applied Health Science

Applied Health Science

Why Study Applied Health Science?

The field of applied health science specializes in promotion of wellness and prevention (rather than treatment), of disease through research, promotion, policy-making, and publications. This major provides rigorous preparation for medical professions such as nursing physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, as well as rehabilitation settings and wellness settings. At Wheaton, our curriculum delivered within a Christian context is designed not to merely provide the scientific content required for graduate school, but to help you develop the academic and professional skills necessary to thrive.

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On the Front Lines

On the Front Lines

AHS alumna Jessica Anderson '11 serves in a leadership role in the fight against COVID-19 at a California hospital. 

Why Study Applied Health Science at Wheaton?

Our faculty and staff are of the highest quality and represent expertise in their fields, including physicians, nurses, and those who have taught at medical schools. We care deeply about your life and your academic success. We’ll advise you, encourage you, and mentor you as you develop your full, God-given potential to become a whole and effective Christian.

You’ll have multiple 'field' opportunities at Wheaton: perform biomedical research with our faculty, serve underserved populations through Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) or Student Ministry Partners (SMP) internships, or practice your developing clinical skills and accumulate significant patient contact hours.

Our faculty are actively involved in research, allowing you to directly engage with them in the research process. Every student has the opportunity to perform biomedical research as part of a class project. This hands-on experience often results in students presenting their findings at national and international scientific meetings.

  • Teaching assistantships develop your understanding in a particular subject area and allow you to get to know faculty better
  • Medical internships develop your clinical skills and accumulate significant patient contact hours
  • Summer or semester internships abroad provide experiences with underserved populations

What Will I Learn?

  • The Applied Health Science major will prepare you for professional schools in medicine and allied health fields, graduate studies in areas of the health sciences and basic research, and careers in areas of fitness and wellness.

Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.

Applied Health Science News and Stories


Thank you for giving us such an excellent education! It truly has made medical school easier (or as easy as it can be). — Julie Dial (Pena) '11, student at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
I'm in love with medicine and I know that is due to the strong foundation I received in AHS. Thank you for giving us such an excellent education! — Julie Dial (Pena) '11, student at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Possible Careers for Applied Health Science Majors

Our graduates pursue a variety of career trajectories, including, but not limited to, vocations such as physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, public health advocates, scientific/medical researchers, and fitness professionals. The Center for Vocation and Career will be happy to help you explore career options available to you.

Applied Health and Wellness Professions

  • Medical Professions
  • Prevention/Rehabilitation Settings
  • Wellness Settings


  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Cardiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Human physiology
  • Lifestyle management
  • Nutrition
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.)
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
  • Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)
  • Physician's Assistant (P.A.)
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Midwestern University School of Medicine
  • Thomas Jefferson University School of Dentistry
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy,
  • Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Brendon Smith Wheaton College Applied Health Science Alumnus
Brendon Smith '10
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
Researching at Harvard
"I am a postdoctoral research scientist in Gökhan Hotamisligil's lab. We study molecular mechanisms of metabolism and metabolic conditions including obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis."
Josh Lawrenz Wheaton College Applied Health Science Alumnus
Josh Lawrenz '10
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at Cleveland Clinic
Undeniably Formative
"My experience at Wheaton College as an Applied Health Science major was undeniably the most formative four years of education in my life. Now, in my fourth year of the orthopaedic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic, I credit many of the tangible and intangible skills I require to perform my job to my AHS professors at Wheaton."
Micah Alford '12
A Healthy State of Being
"I have a strong desire to restore people to a healthy state of being. . . . Giving people the ability to return back to their day-to-day activities is equivalent to giving them new life."
Wheaton College Alumna Moire Yue
Moire Yue '12
Physical Therapist
The Art of Medicine
"I can say confidently that each part of my Wheaton experience contributed to my career. The Applied Health Science department prepared me academically, but it was the influence of Dr. Susan Vendeland that urged me to identify a unique vision to carry forward."