The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to provide students with a solid foundation for a career in community health or to pursue a professional graduate program. Students will gain broad skills in research, healthcare delivery, health promotion, disease prevention and management, and ethical, legal, and cultural issues related to the health field. A Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences prepares students with an interest in pursuing advanced clinical and non-clinical healthcare degrees or career advancement. This general health sciences degree is designed to provide students with a foundation in basic sciences, health-related sciences, as well as developing knowledge and skills in healthcare delivery systems, health promotion and education, research, and research, legal, and cultural issues related to healthcare. Graduates can pursue advanced degree programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, and more. Graduates have employment opportunities in hospitals, medical or pharmaceutical sales, community organizations, medical research, wellness centers, insurance companies, health advocacy and navigation, mid-level management and public health agencies.
Employment for health educators, community health workers and other health services professionals is expected to experience significant growth over the next decade. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the health sciences sector is one of the largest major industry sectors, employing nearly 16 million in 2012 and will account for almost a third of projected job growth from 2012 to 2022. In addition, 14 of the 30 fastest growing occupations are health related. The growth is driven by an aging population and recent legislative changes to healthcare. Community health workers of all types will be in demand as healthcare costs rise. Insurance companies, employers and governments will look to community health professionals to teach people how to live healthy lives and avoid costly healthcare treatments (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers). Health workers help people understand what types of lifestyle changes to make to avoid certain illnesses or how to manage existing conditions. Demand will also rise as federal health reform expands access to medical care, such as preventative screenings. Health workers can assist in directing patients to healthcare services.