Program Requirements

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.

Major Requirements (BS)

Supporting course:

  • Introductory Statistics (STAT 1490, 4 sh)

14 semester hours (sh) of life science courses:

  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 1250)
  • Advanced Physiology (BIOL 2930)
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 1020)
  • Survey of Biochemistry (CHEM 1031)
  • Physiology of Disease (BIOL 2100)

12 sh of health science courses:

  • Introduction to the Health Sciences (HSC 2100)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (HSC 2800)
  • Healthcare Ethics (NURS 3540)
  • Research (NURS 4240)
  • Health Care Policy and Politics (NURS 4540)

31 sh of management coursework:

  • Financial Accounting (BSE 2110)
  • Foundation of Finance (BSE 2310)
  • Macroeconomics (BSE 2211)
  • Principles of Marketing (BSE 2610)
  • Regulatory and Oversight Issues in Health Care (HSC 3800)
  • Principles of Management and Leadership (BSE 3520)
  • Healthcare Economics and Finance (SBNM 5250)
  • Principles of Healthcare Management (SBNM 5510)
  • Health Science Practicum and Capstone (HSC 4010)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for the above courses are available in the University catalog, or on the following pages:

HSC 2100 – Introduction to the Health Sciences
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 2800 – Intro to Epidemiology
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 2850 – Nutrition Science for Population Health
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 3110 – Health Promotion in Chronic Disease And Aging
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 3120 – Fads and Emerging Health and Wellness Therapies
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 3800 – Regulatory and Oversight Issues in Health Care
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.

HSC 4010 – Health Science Practicum and Capstone
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.

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