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Health Science 

Thinking about a career in a health-related field? We prepare our students to be a part of solving problems and finding solutions in the health sciences and healthcare industry.

Program Overview

The Health Science major provides students a broad foundational knowledge to prepare them for a wide range of careers in the health professions. The major focuses on foundational sciences, human function, health research and service, and health policy.

Our program is designed to help students:

  • Understand physical, biological, behavioral and social domains of health
  • Graduate with an understanding of and appreciation for the challenges and opportunities in healthcare
  • Launch their career in the rapidly growing healthcare industry

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science includes coursework in the physical, biological, behavioral and social domains of health, thereby providing students with a balanced education in the fundamentals of health and healthcare. The core curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for the certified health education specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Coursework covers competencies in each of the seven areas of responsibility for health education specialists, which includes health promotion and health education professionals working in many different settings, including public and community-based health.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Sample Coursework

  • Health Psychology
  • Research Methods & Health Communication
  • Health Behavior
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Women’s Health

Minors

  • Health Science

Foundation for Success

A major in Health Science means receiving an education focused on developing all your talents, not only those in the classroom. Students engage in mock interviews and professional development opportunities starting their first semester. Rewarding internship opportunities open doors to a variety of careers along with opportunities to network and gain on-the-job experience.

A PROGRAM TAILORED TO YOUR GOALS

From your first semester at Stephens, your faculty advisers will help you determine the path that best suits your interests, strengths and goals. Exposure to the full range of healthcare issues and career options will broaden your understanding of the industry and its many opportunities. Some of our faculty teach in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. This provides an important continuity between programs and ensures your faculty understand what you need to round out your academic program.

CAREER PATHS

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects more than 2.4 million new healthcare jobs to be added to the economy by 2026. 

Clinical careers typically require additional post-graduate studies; however, the foundation you receive at Stephens will help you excel as you apply to graduate programs and pursue exciting new challenges in various fields, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic. 

The Health Science program also prepares students pursuing positions ranging from community health advocate or wellness coordinator to healthcare information manager. These students will graduate from Stephens qualified to work or pursue specialization in a number of areas, including

  • Healthcare management
  • Non-profit health and human services
  • Public health
  • Health policy
  • Fitness and wellness
  • Medical insurance
  • Medical equipment and sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales 

While a Bachelor of Science in Health Science can certainly put you on the path to success in these kinds of programs, many students interested in pre-med, pre-vet or pre-PA pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Stephens. Biology also is a good fit for those interested in a research career.

Your adviser can help you determine which path is best for you. Both programs are housed within the School of Health Sciences and share a core curriculum.  

STUDENT SUPPORT

Our small class environment and women’s college mission ensure students have ample opportunities to get to know faculty, actively participate inside and outside of the classroom, and feel comfortable asking questions (and asking for help). Whether you’re looking for more challenge, or a little more explanation on a difficult subject, our low student-to-faculty ratio makes it easy to get the guidance you need.

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