HS Program Objectives
HPU believes that education must be built on a strong foundation of liberal arts. Graduates of the Health Science degree program will have acquired knowledge of the basic biology and chemistry, and will also have demonstrated competency in computers, critical thinking, data collection, decision making, research, problem identification and solving, statistical analysis, teamwork, and written and oral communication through the courses required as pre-requisites. The student will gain other specific skills depending on areas of specialized study.
The program will emphasize health-related course work in, psychology, communications, anthropology, philosophy, history, sociology, and the natural sciences. Through a core of upper division health science courses including epidemiology, health education, health promotion, health policy analysis and evidence based research utilization, the graduate is prepared to enter the health workforce.
Through their studies, students will be provided information on a broad range of topics and introduced to a variety of careers where they may realistically evaluate their options. After completing the upper division major requirements and completion of the capstone course and concurrent co-requisite internship, graduates will have a strong foundation of knowledge in the health sciences from which to pursue their careers or graduate studies in public health, social work, allied health fields, communications and other areas of interest.
Students will also be provided the specific knowledge and skills they need to successfully seek employment after graduating and will have acquired work experience while completing their degree requirements. The required co-requisite capstone and internship courses offered at health care facilities, in community health centers and in other venues, provides the opportunity for students to synthesize what has been learned. Through these experiential learning opportunities, students will come to understand how to apply the concepts, theories, and skills learned in the classroom and on-campus laboratories to real problems in these settings.