2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Health Sciences, General Concentration, B.S.


The B.S. in Health Sciences combines basic scientific knowledge, healthcare industry specific knowledge, and practical skills for students to be competitive in the 21st century healthcare workforce. The program addresses both the administrative and technical aspects of healthcare as well as the professional, social, ethical, and political elements.  Courses provide broad technical skills as well as the organizational competencies needed for entry level positions in a wide range of healthcare organizations and companies, as well as preparation for graduate study in clinical professions.  In particular, this program aims to provide a broad, interdisciplinary training for students interested in clinical and non-clinical health fields including but not limited to medicine, population health, clinical research administration, and healthcare administration.  The B.S. in Health Sciences also offers two optional concentrations: Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy.  Each of these concentrations focuses on a specific healthcare profession and is designed to prepare students for graduate school in an area of specialization.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:
  1. Students will be competent in collecting, interpreting, and analyzing health-related data
  2. Students will be competent in formulating research questions and critically evaluating research done by others
  3. Students will demonstrate leadership skills and their ability to work in interprofessional teams.
  4. Students will be competent in communicating effectively about health sciences topics to peer and professional audiences.
  5. Students will demonstrate competence in understanding laws and regulations applicable to health professional practice.
  6. Students will demonstrate competence in identifying the social and behavioral aspects of health for individuals and populations.
  7. Students will demonstrate cultural competence in healthcare settings and discussions.
  8. Students will demonstrate professionalism incorporating the ethical values of the discipline.
  9. Students will be competent in applying scientific knowledge, skills and techniques to health-related problems
  10. Students will be competent in understanding the roles of individuals, structures and processes in the functioning of the US healthcare system

Students earning a B.S. degree in health sciences must complete a minimum of 126 credits. Courses include the University Core Curriculum and the course requirements indicated below.

University Core Curriculum


Students must complete the University Core Curriculum with the following restrictions:

Electives: (36 credits)


  • Plus twelve free electives

BS in Health Sciences and Master of Public Health


The BS in Health Sciences and Master of Public Health accelerated program is a five-year, 153 credit degree program designed for students interested in careers as a public health professional, working in governmental or non-profit health related organizations, or international and global health settings. This degree program combines our interdisciplinary approach to learning about the healthcare industry with advanced knowledge about the field of public health. This degree combination includes graduate coursework starting in the junior year as well as coursework during the summer after the senior year to complete the program. 

Students applying for Fall 2020 may apply directly to this dual degree program. Students who meet the admission criteria for this program will also be conditionally accepted into the MPH Program. This conditional acceptance remains effective for students who maintain a cumulative 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

Requirements for the Master of Public Health degree are listed here.

BS in Health Sciences and Master of Healthcare Administration


The B.S. in Health Sciences and Master of Healthcare Administration accelerated program is a five-year, 150-credit degree program designed for students interested in careers in hospital administration, healthcare finance, health policy, medical group management, and other aspects of the healthcare industry.  This degree program combines our interdisciplinary approach to learning about the healthcare industry with advanced competency-based healthcare knowledge and skills that are essential for the aspiring healthcare leaders of the future.  This degree combination includes graduate coursework in the senior year as well as coursework during the summer after the senior year in order to complete the program.

Students applying for fall 2020 may apply directly to this dual degree program.  Students who meet the admission criteria for this program will also be conditionally accepted into the M.H.A. program.  This conditional acceptance remains effective for students who maintain a cumulative 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

Requirements for the Master of Healthcare Administration degree are listed here.