Students who complete the program requirements for a bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in health sciences will be prepared for careers across the healthcare sector including administration, management, and health promotion in settings such as schools and community health environments.
HSC 2100 – Introduction to the Health Sciences
HSC 2800 – Intro to Epidemiology
This course serves as an introduction to the field of health science. The student will develop an understanding of the health care system in the United States and the professions which impact it. The student will be learning how to navigate the health care resources and acquire knowledge of how health care is delivered.
HSC 2850 – Nutrition Science for Population Health
Provides skills to apply a population focused approach to identification of health problems. Identifies epidemiological findings to be used as a basis for improving health. Provides the learner with basic epidemiological concepts, statistics, and applications such as descriptive epidemiology and health indicators, to read and interpret epidemiologic studies. Provides the tools to apply practical disease concepts, public health requirements, and epidemiological concepts toward improving public health via programs such as Healthy People initiatives and immunization projects.
HSC 3110 – Health Promotion in Chronic Disease And Aging
Students will learn to evaluate and interpret the latest nutrition science, with an emphasis on nutritional epidemiologic research and population health. This course will describe the scientific basis of national nutrition recommendations and how to support patient/consumer efforts to implement dietary advice provided by public health officials and clinicians.
HSC 3120 – Fads and Emerging Health and Wellness Therapies
This course will offer students knowledge and skills to plan, implement, and evaluate primary and tertiary disease prevention and health promotion strategies to accommodate the physiological, psychological, and social needs of older adults and those with chronic health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Emphasis will be placed on strategies to improve nutrition, physical activity, and social and spiritual wellbeing.
HSC 3800 – Regulatory and Oversight Issues in Health Care
Students will build health literacy skills by learning how to evaluate and communicate the science behind fads and emerging new health and wellness therapies both verbally and in writing for general lay audiences. Topics will include nutritional supplements, diet and exercise fads, and various alternative and complementary health therapies.
HSC 4010 – Health Science Practicum and Capstone
The course explores how legal, policy, and political considerations influence legislative enactments and administrative agencies' regulatory policies in the health care arena. The first part of the course will examine policy and political reasons for government intervention at the state and federal level. The second unit will review the manner in which administrative agencies' implement health care statutes. The third unit will address health care enforcement and compliance issues.
The Health Science Practicum and Capstone project provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and to explore career options in their selected health care field. The student will complete the practicum in the healthcare science track of the student's choosing such as leadership and management. The capstone project will be imbedded in this experience. This project will require the student to demonstrate critical analysis of data and development of plan to respond to an issue generated during their practicum experience.