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Stephens launches Bachelor of Health Science degree

December 13, 2013

Stephens College is launching a new Bachelor of Health Science program next fall for students who want to enter the rapidly growing health industry.

The interdisciplinary degree will provide a core curriculum in health-based coursework and electives designed to prepare students to work at public health agencies, hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other health-related organizations.

“This program is a response to student demand and to the allied health professions workforce shortage,” said Dr. Tara Giblin, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. “It’s an interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students for health careers who aren’t necessarily headed to medical or professional schools.”

The Health Science program takes a holistic approach, blending physical and biological sciences with behavioral and social domains of health.

Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of careers such as health educators, health information specialists, nutritionists, community outreach coordinators or health generalists.

The demand for health professionals is growing, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, a response to global concerns about aging populations, the need to promote healthier lifestyles and emerging diseases. 

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