Health Sciences Major

The Field
Health sciences in the 21st century are more complex and interconnected than ever before. 

Solutions are needed to overcome the health challenges facing our nation and the world, so it’s crucial that we reshape our thinking and take a multi-disciplinary approach to health challenges. By integrating a variety of traditional academic fields, we’re able to develop nimble thinking and creative problem-solving to serve the health needs of an increasingly diverse population.

The Program

The Public Health program offers courses delivered by a variety of academic departments, including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and philosophy. Students also have the chance to take part in significant, cutting-edge research into relevant health-related issues affecting our community. Recently two students completed projects that investigated an arsenic contaminated watershed, while another researched the effects of indoor tanning on the risk of developing skin cancer.

The Possibilities
Graduates of the Health Sciences program are prepared for careers in a field that’s projected to undergo significant growth, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that nearly a third of all new wage and salary jobs (5.0 million) between 2012-2022 will be in the health care and social assistance sectors. The BLS also finds that fourteen of the thirty occupations with the largest percentage increases in employment between 2012-2022 are related to healthcare.

 One of the key benefits our alumni experience in the professional world is a broad array of professional possibilities and graduate school opportunities, including in physical therapy, physician’s assistant, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine. These careers typically lead them to organizations and institutions that focus on improving health, including government health departments, non-profit agencies, hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.

Program Goals

1.    To provide students with the specialized knowledge, skills, and global perspective they need to pursue their chosen health profession.

2.    To offer students practical experience that will supplement their academic work and facilitate their entry into a chosen health career.

3.    To foster evidence-based perspectives of local, national, and global health challenges and solutions.


Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for students in the Public Health Program are set by the National Consortium for Health Science Education:

1.    Foundational Knowledge of Public Health and Health Sciences: Students will gain foundational knowledge for proficiency in basic epidemiologic principles, including diseases and disorders, surveillance techniques, statistical applications, and data presentation.

2.    Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills both individually and in groups.

3.    Healthcare Delivery Systems: Students will be able to identify how various healthcare systems affect the services they provide and quality of care delivered.

4.    Employability Skills: Students will demonstrate key employability skills including development of resumes, personal statements, and interview skills.

5.    Legal and Ethical Responsibilities:  Students will understand accepted ethical practices with respect to regulations, polices, laws and legislative rights of citizens.

6.      Health Care Maintenance:  Students will understand the fundamentals of wellness, healthy behaviors, and the prevention of disease.