General Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

120 Semester Credits / 10 Semesters / 40 Months

Delivery Mode: Online

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program prepares individuals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for health and human services such as those offered by health departments, health agencies, clinics, hospitals, and businesses and health care industries.

The coursework in Health Sciences with a Health Education concentration provides a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of health promotion and community health education based on a synthesis of knowledge drawn from the physical, biological, social, and behavioral fields. Through the case study method students develop skills in needs assessment, organizing communities and identifying and implementing educational strategies. The program graduate may be eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Credentialing.

The Health Sciences degree program with a concentration in Health Services Administration is designed for students seeking to qualify for administrative/managerial positions in the rapidly expanding healthcare sector in settings such as hospitals, clinics, managed care companies, health insurance companies, law offices, or in the private and public sector. The role of individuals in health services administration generally includes skills in leadership, financial management, health informatics, marketing, and human resources.

The Health Sciences degree program with a concentration in Gerontology is designed for students seeking to work with the elderly population in a wide variety of settings, including long-term care and retirement facilities, senior centers, government offices on aging at all levels, home health care agencies, adult day care programs, adult protective service agencies, and others. Students enrolled in this concentration are eligible for a membership with the National Association for Professional Gerontologists (NAPG).

This program prepares you with the skills necessary to have a positive impact on the quality of services available to meet this need in a growing population.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate a diverse array of health-related information sources.
  2. Demonstrate consideration and sensitivity to cultural contexts of patients, their families, and healthcare staff and providers.
  3. Effectively integrate concepts and practices in health sciences to achieve healthcare outcomes.
  4. Employ the language of healthcare effectively in written forms.
  5. Employ the language of healthcare effectively in oral forms.
  6. Participate effectively in team problem-solving and decision-making in healthcare.
  7. Interpret healthcare data delivered in verbal, numeric, or graphical form.
  8. Evaluate ethical issues in healthcare in order to propose effective resolutions.
  9. Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions for health-related issues.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements

GER310Gerontology

3

HCA101Healthcare Delivery in the United States

3

HCA201Terminologies and Classification Systems

3

HCA401Strategic Management in Healthcare Organizations

3

HCA414Healthcare Law, Policy, and Management

3

HDA310Health Informatics

3

HED201Human Nutrition

3

HED302Health Promotions and Lifestyle Modification

3

HSC101Health and Society

3

HSC105Cultural Competence in Healthcare

3

HSC210Environmental Health Safety

3

HSC215Survey of Public Health Biology

3

HSC380Ethics in Healthcare

3

HSC404Principles of Epidemiology

3

HSC499Capstone

3

Note: HSC499 is non-transferable and must be taken in last semester

Science and Math Required Courses

BIO251Microbiology

3

BIO280Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

BIO282Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

MAT241Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3

Concentration Options

Gerontology

GER402Aging Programs and Services

3

GER404Elder Law

3

GER408Studies on Aging

3

GER410Engaging the Elder Patient

3

HSC406End of Life Ethics

3

Health Education

HED300Introduction to Health Education

3

HED304Principles of Educating and Teaching

3

HED306Developing and Working in Teams

3

HED406Development and Evaluation of Health Programs

3

HED407Strategies for Patient Engagement

3

Health Services Administration

HCA404Human Resources in Health Administration

3

HCA405Quality Management in Healthcare

3

HCA406Financial Management in Healthcare

3

HCA408Healthcare Marketing

3

HCA416Business Intelligence Tools

3

General Education Requirements

ART137Art Appreciation

3

BIO150General Biology

3

BIO150LGeneral Biology Lab

1

CIS120Introduction to Digital Literacy

3

COM104Speech

3

COM105Intercultural Communication

3

ENG130English Composition and Reading

3

ENG140English Composition and Critical Thinking

3

ENG205Information and Media Literacy

3

HUM499Senior Seminar: Humanities

3

MAT105College Algebra

3

PHI399Applied Philosophy and Ethics

3

POS399Special Topics in Political Science and International Relations

3

PSY101Introduction to Psychology

3

SOC101Introduction to Sociology

3

SSC499Senior Seminar: Social Sciences

3