The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study, or career advancement. Because many students are drawn to the health care field, but are often unsure of which direction may be best for them, this degree was designed to expose students to a wide range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for professional health science post-graduate work, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, environmental health, etc.

The minimum 124 credit hour interdisciplinary curriculum provides a sound academic base in general education, biological and physical sciences, and health sciences. Its flexibility allows students to prepare for multiple careers in health science. Several tracks are available within this degree: pre-physical therapy, environmental health, and general health science. The pre-physical therapy track is uniquely designed for entry into the University of Michigan-Flint's doctorate in Physical Therapy Program. The track in environmental health prepares graduates for positions in public and private sector settings, including local and state health departments; and in private sector positions such as chemical waste management, and workplace safety. The general health science track is available for students pursuing other health science professional programs (e.g., physician assistant, dentistry, medicine). For this track, careful course selection beyond the B.S. in Health Science requirements should be made after consulting the information available from the specific university professional program of interest.

Mission

The mission of the B.S. in Health Science is to provide a strong foundation in the health and human sciences for students intending to pursue professional graduate studies in physical therapy and other professional health science programs. The combined program components in basic science and health science will enable students to become effective and productive health professionals who value the diversity of the various communities in which they work and serve.

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