Applied Health Sciences
Discover opportunities in a wide range of health care fields and find a path that matches your career interests. The Associate of Science (A.S.) in applied health sciences is a flexible program designed to give you a foundation in health care and offer a seamless transition into a bachelor's degree.
Known for Excellence
Designed for You
You can easily personalize your degree to reflect your unique educational and career aspirations.
USD offers this program in Sioux Falls and in Vermillion.
Associate's Today, Bachelor's Tomorrow
The stackable nature of these credits allows you to work toward your bachelor's degree as you earn your Associate of Science degree.
The Best in the Region
With the state's only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school, USD is the region's leading institution for health care education.
USD is home to more than 170 student organizations, including several that are housed in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences. Students attending the Vermilion campus may be interested in joining pre-professional interest clubs or Sigma Delta Honor Society to make friends, develop new skills and explore their interests.
Departments & Facilities
The Department of Public Health and Health Sciences emphasizes collaborative learning, equipping students with a rich understanding of the health care field and preparing them to excel in careers such as advocating for health policy, promoting health through education, managing health data analytics and leading collaborative health care teams. The department offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctorate levels.
Faculty & Staff
An Education Designed for You
Become the Leader Your Patients Need
Patients have needs that extend beyond a single area of expertise, they should have an expert care team that works together to help them live healthy, fulfilling lives.
At USD, we prepare you not only to thrive in your career path, but also to collaborate effectively with health care professionals from a variety of fields. Our learning environment mirrors the health care industry–bringing you and your peers together to learn, study and practice as coordinated teams.