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:

  1. Pursuing positions in the health care sector as pharmaceutical and hospital sales representatives, specialists in insurance companies, research assistants, etc.;
  2. 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
  3. Desiring a general degree in the health field, and/or having a preprofessional health interest.

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 will assist them in meeting the requirements for the degree.

Degree Requirements

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
Foundational Human Anatomy and Physiology
General Microbiology
Introductory Chemistry
General Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry I
Earth Science and the Environment
General Geology
Energy, Resources and Environment
Introductory Physics
Physics for Health Sciences
General College Physics I
General College Physics II
Elementary Statistics
Health Science Core (required)
HP 203Medical Terminology2-3
or HP 303 Medical Terminology
PHIL 327Bioethics3
HMCD 310Introduction to the U.S. Health Services System3
HMCD 325Introduction to Epidemiology3
HMCD 344The Role of Culture in Health Care3
HMCD 356Introduction to Health Care Administration and Policy3
Issues Core
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
Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Organizations
Introduction to Financing Health Care Systems
Financing Health Care Services
Health Care Organization
Health Economics
Human Resources Management in Health Care Organizations
Concepts of Quality in Health Care
Clinical Sciences (all 10 credit hours required)
HS 301Clinical Pharmacology3
HS 331Principles of Dietetics & Nutrition3
HS 400Introduction to Pathophysiology4
Required Before Graduation
HS 480Professionalism in Health Care3
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 hours15-21
Total Credit Hours77-84

Human Anatomy/Physiology plus one semester of college chemistry are prerequisite for HS 301 & HS 400.

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.

For more information contact the undergraduate coordinator by email, by phone at (316) 978-3060, or visit the public health sciences website.