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Health Sciences, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences offers students an excellent foundation in health sciences as well as liberal arts and basic sciences. It is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level administrative positions in the private and public sectors of healthcare such as medical centers, clinics, government health departments, fitness and wellness centers, the pharmaceutical industry, community health initiatives, and the health insurance industry. In addition, coursework includes prerequisites to pursue graduate study in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and other health-related professions or businesses.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in health promotion are projected to grow faster than average and job prospects are favorable. The rising cost of healthcare, an aging population, and concerns about childhood obesity have increased the need for individuals trained to address these societal issues.

Our faculty members are accomplished health professionals from many disciplines who have a passion for teaching. Their experiences, participation in professional organizations, and cutting-edge research at local, national, and international venues impact how their students think about health. Pre-health career advisement is ongoing and designed to assure alignment of students’ strengths, interests, and academic performance with appropriate professional paths.

Students are introduced to health and wellness issues through our course in Community Health Implications. Exposure to myriad health professions is given in Professional and Cultural Issues in Healthcare, in which representatives from several health disciplines visit the class and answer questions posed by students. Introduction to Clinical Nutrition Practice gives our majors a firm foundation in an increasingly important subject area.

Our more advanced courses include the study of Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, Health Information Management, and Healthcare Payment Systems. Electives include courses in Lifestyle and Weight Management, Health and Aging, Exercise Physiology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. During senior year, students take a two-semester practicum where they work at least 60 hours throughout each semester in a healthcare setting with support from a course leader, and oversight and guidance from the Office of Career Success and Experiential Education. This capstone course ensures that students develop professional skills in writing résumés, seeking appropriate positions, interviewing, and learning about workplace behavior.

International F-1 students who successfully complete this degree are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension to work in the U.S. in an area directly related to their area of study immediately upon completing the customary 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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