Certificate in Health Science


In order to be admitted into the certificate program, the applicant must:

  • Be admitted to Wichita State University in a degree program or in nondegree seeking status. All policies relative to admissions apply. International students will not be issued an I-20 for certificate programs alone.  International students may obtain this certificate only while concurrently pursuing a graduate degree.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.000 (on a 4.000 scale).

Program Requirements

An undergraduate certificate in health science (UGC-HS) allows undergraduate students and working professionals to expand their knowledge in the fundamental concepts of clinical health science and the health care system. The UGC-HS prepares students in navigating the health care system and provides an introduction to the health sciences.

The UGC-HS comprises 12 total credit hours. Students who complete this certificate will have earned 12 of the required 47 to 48 program credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science in health science. This is equivalent to one full-time semester of coursework. The certificate may be completed entirely online through a specific selection of courses. The certificate may also be pursued concurrently with degree programs such as biology, chemistry, physics, exercise science, premed, social work and clinical disciplines in the College of Health Professions and WSU Tech. 

Course Title Hours
Required Courses
AGE 100Introduction to Aging Studies3
HP 105Introduction to Public Health3
HP 310Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System3
Select a total of three 3 credit hours from the following3
The Human Organism
Introduction to Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
General Microbiology
Human Physiology
Introductory General, Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Cancer: Perspectives and Controversies
Physiology of Exercise
Care of Populations Badge: Public Health Science
Care of Populations Badge: Care Leadership & Systems Thinking
Care of Populations Badge: Financial Planning & Management
Care of Populations Badge: Community Dimensions of Practice
Care of Populations Badge: Cultural Competency
Care of Populations Badge: Policy Development & Program Planning
Physiology of Exercise
Statistical Concepts in Human Performance Studies
Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Pharmacology
Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition
Advanced Clinical Anatomy
Biochemistry for Clinical Scientists
Introductory Physics
Physics for Health Sciences
General College Physics I
General College Physics II
Total Credit Hours12

Assessment Measure: Students must complete a reflection describing how the certificate prepared them in navigating the health care system and expanded their knowledge of health sciences.