BS in Health Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in health science is a 54-credit-hour professional degree program that prepares graduates for admission to a post-secondary clinical program. Students complete a 18 credit hours of health management core curriculum that serves as the foundation and skill set basic to health services delivery, population health assessment, and leadership. The program requires 15 credit hours of science and mathematics and 18 credit hours of aging studies, clinical health care management and/or public health course. A capstone seminar is required. The degree is designed for students interested in pursuing a graduate or professional education in health administration, medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant or public health. Bachelorette trained graduates often seek employment in health care sectors such as pharmaceutical or hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, science technicians or research assistants. The degree is also used by those who wish to progress to supervisory or clinical  instructional positions requiring a baccalaureate degree (e.g., radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists). 

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the evolution of public health and its roles and issues across local, national and global health systems.
  2. Demonstrate ability to use data to promote, protect, and assure improved population health outcomes and knowledge.
  3. Explain the relationship between health leadership, management and policy.
  4. Illustrate the importance of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental factors that impact community health.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and appraise public health ethics, stewardship, social justice and life-long learning.
  6. Exhibit oral and written communication skills for diverse populations and environments.
  7. 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 assists them in meeting the requirements for the degree.

Program Requirements

Students in the health science program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 with no individual program course generating a grade less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour.

Program Preparatory Courses
HP 105Introduction to Public Health3
HP 310Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System3
Total Credit Hours6

 Program Curriculum

Health Science Core Courses
HP 408Leadership in Self and Society3
PHS 325Introduction to Epidemiology3
PHS 344The Role of Culture in Health and Health Care3
PHS 356Introduction to Health Administration and Policy3
PHS 410Health Communication3
PHS 642Financing Health Care Services3
Health Science Electives
Select 18 credit hours from the following:18
Aging Studies Recommended Courses
Psychology of Aging
Sociology of Aging
Biology of Aging
Introduction to Public Health and Aging
Women and Aging
Dying, Death and Bereavement
Health Management Recommended Courses
Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
Health Care Organization
Health Economics
Supervisory Management in Health Care Organizations
Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations
Concepts of Quality in Health Care
Public Health Recommended Courses
Introduction to Global Health Issues
Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
Introduction to Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health
Introduction to Environmental Health
Community Development Methods
Program Planning & Evaluation
Optional General Courses
Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Emerging Health Care Issues of the 21st Century
Program Mathematics and Natural Sciences Electives
Select a minimum of 15 credit hours from the following (general education courses from this area may also be used to meet general education program requirements). Courses must be passed with a C- or higher.15
The Human Organism
The Human Organism Laboratory
General Biology I
General Biology II
Introduction to Microbiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
General Microbiology
Human Physiology
Human Physiology Lab
Introductory Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Introductory Biochemistry
Introductory Business Statistics
Introduction to Public Health
Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology
Cancer: Perspectives and Controversies
Physiology of Exercise
Statistical Concepts in Human Performance Studies
Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Pharmacology
Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition
Introduction to Pathophysiology
Advanced Clinical Anatomy
College Trigonometry
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus I
Biochemistry for Clinical Scientists
Introductory Physics
Physics for Health Sciences
General College Physics I
General College Physics II
Psychological Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Required Before Graduation
PHS 475Health Science Capstone 23
Total Credit Hours54

Total Credit Hours Required for Health Science Major

Required Introductory Courses18
Selected Upper-Division Program Courses18
Math and Natural Science Electives15
Total Credit Hours54

Requirements for Graduation

Students entering the health science program will be required to complete a professional points component. Points may be earned in the following areas:

  • research and service learning,
  • volunteer participation,
  • professional development, and
  • interprofessional education.

To be eligible for graduation from Wichita State University, students must have 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 to qualify for graduation. Departmental policy requires a program cumulative grade point average of 2.000, with no individual program course generating a grade less than 1.700 credit points per credit hour.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Science in health sciences program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by successfully completing PHS 475 Health Science Capstone.

For more information and up to date program information and a program handbook, contact the undergraduate coordinator by email:, by phone at 316-978-3060, or visit the department of public health sciences website (