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.
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.
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.