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Department of Health Sciences

College of Public Health

Human Health
Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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The purpose of the Health Sciences degree (Human Health concentration) is to provide a “human-centric” program with exposure to current concepts, laboratory techniques, and disease prevention/health care recommendations and protocols. The concentration emphasizes anatomy, physiology, disease, and human health.

The graduates with a Human Health concentration are qualified to be employed as technicians in academic or industrial research laboratories or pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.

Health sciences is the discipline of applied science which deals with human health.  There are two parts to health science: the study, research, and knowledge of health and the application of that knowledge to improve health, cure diseases, and understanding how humans function.  (Science Daily)

Honors in discipline is available for this program.

Dara Young, M.Ed

Dara Young
Academic Advising Coordinator for Health Sciences

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Room 51H Lamb Hall
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Of 194 known graduates since May 2016, 19% are currently employed, 1% joined the Peace Corps, 12% are currently applying to graduate and professional school, and 68% have been accepted to graduate or professional school.


Of those accepted into graduate and professional school, 31% pursued graduate school or additional education, 4% dental school, 24% medical school, 17% pharmacy, 17% physician assistant, and 7% physical/occupational therapy or speech/language pathology.

Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. More microbiologists will be needed to contribute to basic research, solve problems encountered in industrial production processes, and monitor environmental conditions to ensure public health and safety.

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The accelerated bachelors to masters degree program provides high performing health sciences students an opportunity to complete both the bachelor and master degrees at an accelerated pace.  Participating students can apply as many as 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework toward both their BSHS and an MPH.  Courses are chosen in consultation with the student's undergraduate advisor and the MPH coordinator.  The 12 credit hours will be considered guided electives for the undergraduate degree.

MPH concentrations are listed here:

Interested students should contact .


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