BS in Health Science
The health sciences field is enjoying an explosion of career opportunities, with job growth of 27 percent predicted in the next decade for all health services professions (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). In concert with this growth, the department of public health sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in health science.
Typically, health science graduates go on to work in health care sectors such as pharmaceutical and hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, science technicians (or research assistants). The degree may also be used for those who wish to progress to supervisory or instructional positions requiring a baccalaureate degree (e.g., radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists).
Others opt to extend their employability even further by pursuing a graduate or professional education. Graduate-level education can lead to careers in health administration, medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant or public health.
Salaries vary widely among occupations, but generally reflect the unprecedented demand for qualified health sciences professionals. Health science majors are introduced to the full array of health career opportunities and can begin to focus their interests during the last two years of the four-year program.
A bachelor degree program in health science provides a foundation in liberal arts and sciences, along with a core health sciences curriculum.
The BS in health science degree at Wichita State University will be useful to students:
- Pursuing positions in the health care sector as pharmaceutical and hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, research assistants, etc.;
- Needing an undergraduate degree for entry into a graduate professional degree program offered by the College of Health Professions or other colleges/universities requiring such a degree; or
- Desiring a general degree in the health field, and/or having a preprofessional health interest.
Program Learning Objectives
- Describe the evolution of public health and its roles and issues across local, national and global health systems.
- Demonstrate ability to use data to promote, protect, and assure improved population health outcomes and knowledge.
- Explain the relationship between health leadership, management and policy.
- Illustrate the importance of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that impact community health.
- Demonstrate professionalism and appraise public health ethics, stewardship, social justice and life-long learning.
- Exhibit oral and written communication skills for diverse populations and environments.
- Outline foundations of clinical sciences (e.g. human nutrition, pathophysiology and pharmacology).
Admission to the College of Health Professions
Students choosing to study health science are admitted to the BS in health science degree program. They are assigned a college advisor who will assist them in meeting the requirements for the degree.
|Program Mathematics and Natural Sciences Electives|
|Select a minimum of 14 credit hours from the following (general education courses from this area may also be used to meet general education program requirements)||14|
|The Human Organism|
|The Human Organism Laboratory|
|General Biology I|
|General Biology II|
|Introduction to Microbiology|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology 1|
or HS 290
|Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|General Chemistry I|
|Organic Chemistry I|
|Earth Science and the Environment|
|Energy, Resources and Environment|
|Physics for Health Sciences|
|General College Physics I|
|General College Physics II|
|Health Science Core (required)|
|HP 203||Medical Terminology||2-3|
|or HP 303||Medical Terminology|
|HMCD 310||Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System||3|
|HMCD 325||Introduction to Epidemiology||3|
|HMCD 344||The Role of Culture in Health Care||3|
|HMCD 356||Introduction to Health Care Administration and Policy||3|
|Select three of the following (no more than two courses from AGE)||9|
|Psychology of Aging|
|Sociology of Aging|
|Biology of Aging|
|Aging Network Seminar|
|Cancer: Perspectives and Controversies|
|Emerging Health Care Issues of the 21st Century|
|Introduction to Global Health Issues|
|Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine|
|Introduction to Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Leadership in Self and Society|
or HMCD 333
|Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations|
|Introduction to Financing Health Care Systems|
or HMCD 642
|Financing Health Care Services|
|Health Care Organization|
|Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations|
|Concepts of Quality in Health Care|
|Clinical Sciences (all 10 credit hours required)|
|HS 301||Clinical Pharmacology||3|
|HS 331||Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition||3|
|HS 400||Introduction to Pathophysiology||4|
|Required Before Graduation|
|HS 480||Professionalism in Health Care||3|
|Complete additional electives to meet the 120 credit hours requirements for a BS degree. Elective coursework may be taken both inside and outside the college, taking into account the student’s educational objectives. Students seeking the BS health science degree are encouraged to obtain a minor (or equivalent) in another area, which is typically 15–21 hours||15-21|
|Total Credit Hours||77-84|
Requirements for Graduation
Students in the health science program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.000, with no individual course in the major having a grade that generates less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour.
To be eligible for graduation from Wichita State University, students must have credit for 120 acceptable credit hours toward their degree and a GPA in the major of 2.000. Students transferring from a two-year college must complete at least 60 hours of four-year college work and 45 hours of upper-division coursework in order to qualify for graduation.