Bachelor of Science in Health Science Program

HS Program Information

The Health Science program at HPU provides education and training for students who wish to pursue careers in public and community health, and other health-related fields. Healthcare is a growing industry that offers many opportunities for students who complete this degree. This flexible degree program prepares students to work in the healthcare or wellness industry focusing on health promotion, wellness management, health education and community health services in addition to serving as a foundation for graduate programs in a variety of health-related areas. The program can also be taken by those already working in the healthcare sector (such as paramedics or respiratory therapists) who wish to broaden their education, fulfill education requirements to go on to graduate school, or to advance to teaching or management. This degree is also an option for students who initially chose another health related major at HPU and now wish to pursue a different degree option in a seamless and productive manner.H

students in classroomBuilding on the liberal arts foundation common to all programs at HPU, the curriculum focuses on the basic health sciences. Upper division courses and major electives are offered in biology, chemistry, communications, anthropology, population dynamics, aging, and other subjects that prepare students for careers in health-related fields. Through a core of health science courses including health policy analysis, epidemiology, health education, health promotion and wellness management, and evidence-based research utilization, the graduate is prepared to enter the health workforce. A required capstone and co-requisite internship allow students to synthesize what they have learned in their coursework to provide hands-on experience. Many health professions can be entered directly with this B.S. degree in Health Science.

The curriculum allows a great deal of flexibility for students interested in health-related careers. Courses help prepare students for careers in public health in which health promotion and disease prevention is emphasized, community health, gerontology, substance abuse and in other areas where cultural competency is important and community service is emphasized. Career opportunities and completion of coursework required for admission to graduate programs vary with each profession. Students will need to plan their coursework carefully with their faculty advisor.