The department of Public Health & Health Sciences offers five undergraduate degrees. Please expand the sections below to learn more about each of our programs.
Undergraduate Degrees in PHHS
B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program is designed to provide a broad based background that includes specific biology and chemistry course requirements as well as an opportunity to elect courses from humanities and social sciences. Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology is a health care profession involving the production of diagnostic clinical data reflecting patient health status. Medical technologists, also known as clinical laboratory scientists, analyze biological specimens to produce accurate, reliable, clinical diagnostic data.
B.S. in Health Care Administration
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration prepares individuals to work in a variety of inpatient, ambulatory and other health care settings, including primary care facilities, medical group practices, public health organizations, health insurance companies, federal, state and local agencies, and alternative delivery organizations. Students also pursue graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including public health, law, medicine, business administration, and health services research.
B.S. in Health Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students with an interest in human health leading to graduate study, or career advancement. This degree is designed to expose students to a wide range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for most professional health science post-graduate work, such as physical therapy, physician assistant, medicine, dentistry, 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. Three tracks are available: pre-physical therapy, environmental health and safety, and general health sciences.
B.S. in Public Health
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for a wide range of entry level public health positions. The coursework includes the foundational knowledge of public health practice (epidemiology, health policy, global health) and reflects the values of public health: community engagement, disease prevention, health promotion and serving vulnerable populations. The program’s major focus on health education prepares students to implement behavior modification and lifestyle changes for individuals, families and communities. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies required to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
B.S. in Radiation Therapy
The Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is a four-year, 124-credit, baccalaureate degree program. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, the graduate is eligible to take the Radiation Therapy Certification Examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
The profession of Radiation Therapy involves the use of high-energy radiation in the treatment of disease, primarily cancer. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with surgery and chemotherapy. As a team member the radiation therapist administers the radiation to an exact area of the patient’s body as prescribed by a physician. In order to effectively treat patients, various types of equipment are utilized, such as high-energy linear accelerators. In addition, radiation therapists monitor the patient’s progress while they are receiving radiation therapy, observe for signs of any complications, and determine when treatment should be withheld until a physician is consulted. A radiation therapist also offers great deal of emotional support to the cancer patient during their treatment course.