The mission of the health science program is to provide a broad foundation for a career in healthcare and science. The program has two purposes: to offer an opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills in a chosen aspect of healthcare and to serve as the academic foundation for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies program.
This program combines a strong foundation in natural and social sciences with concentrated studies applying these principles to the health sciences. Students who complete this program can seek employment as members of the administrative staff of hospital and health system clinics, medical offices, health maintenance organizations and other medical insurers, and community health programs. They will also be prepared to continue their studies in the full range of health science graduate educational curricula.
While a portion of the curriculum for the bachelor of science in health science is based on required courses, the student is given the opportunity to establish, under the guidance of an academic advisor, an individualized curriculum focused in an area of health science. Students may enter this program as freshmen or as transfer students from other health and science-related programs at USciences or from other colleges or universities.
The broad-based curriculum in health science offers a range of educational experiences that can be tailored to support a student’s personal goals or prepare a student for a post-baccalaureate degree program in another field. Students may enter the BSHS program in the freshman year or transfer into the program at any point but must meet the program’s University’s requirements for graduation. Students who complete the bachelor of science in health science will have successfully completed educational experiences that prepare them to:
- Communicate in a professional manner, using written, oral, and electronic methods.
- Display professional behavior.
- Use medical terminology accurately and appropriately.
- Identify components of wellness, prevention, and health promotion.
- Describe the normal structure and function of the major body systems and the impact of diseases.
- Demonstrate awareness and appreciation of the humanistic and ethical aspects of health service delivery.
- Use bibliographic services and information technology to locate resources.
- Critically analyze research design and methodology and interpret research findings with regard to case study analysis.
- Discuss the current societal, governmental, and business issues concerning their selected area of study in health science.
- Provide services in their selected area of study as a health educator, health administration manager, researcher/scientist or in other health-related careers.
The health science degree program offers a flexible but directed opportunity for students to complete their bachelor’s degree. Qualified students admitted to the freshman year may identify the health science degree program as their major field of study.
Students may transfer into the program at any point but must meet the program requirements to be eligible for graduation. Students are required to complete all other University requirements for graduation.
- All students enrolled in the BSHS in health science program must fulfill a residency requirement of a minimum of two years (4 full semesters) at the University, including a minimum of one full semester as a BSHS major, in order to graduate. Students enrolled in integrated BSHS OT/PA/PT programs are exempt from this requirement.
- All students enrolled in the BSHS in health science program must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the University in order to graduate. A minimum of 124 approved credits is required to earn a bachelor’s degree.