Health Science - B.S.

The Health Science bachelor's degree program prepares graduates for entry-level health-profession careers in such areas as health science, health promotion, public health, and health and policy administration. Additionally, it prepares graduates seeking post-baccalaureate entry into graduate programs such as physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, counseling, general MBA and health informatics.

The curriculum is based on a strong foundation in the basic sciences along with the core public health subject areas. Content in the areas of health and wellness is emphasized. An interdisciplinary team of educators provides a holistic exposure to nutrition, exercise science, psychology, sociology, public health and economics, and their importance to patient-centered, humanistic healthcare delivery.

The Health Science degree emphasizes the application and synthesis of knowledge and develops graduates who are the problem solvers and critical thinkers of tomorrow.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply fundamental biologic, socio-economic, behavioral, ethical, cultural and spiritual principles to the practice of health and wellness.
  • Synthesize foundational knowledge and the results of inquiry and research.
  • Effectively communicate health and wellness principles to diverse populations.
  • Employ discipline appropriate tools, methods, and analytical approaches to study a problem/opportunity in public health research or practice.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a health and wellness team to improve individual and community outcomes.

The Health Science or pre-professional pathway contains specific physical science courses in biology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry. In consultation with their adviser, students choose additional courses that will prepare them for their individual career goals. Students in health science are prepared for jobs in medicine and research or for applying to graduate and professional schools in a number of areas.

Health Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Credits
Major Courses
BIO1011General Biology - Cellular3
BIO1016General Biology Laboratory - Cellular1
BIO1022General Biology - Organismal3
BIO1026General Biology Laboratory - Organismal1
BIO2021Functional Human Anatomy3
BIO2026Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory1
BIO2041Human Physiology3
BIO2046Human Physiology Laboratory1
CHM1011General Chemistry I3
CHM1016General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM1022General Chemistry II3
CHM1026General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1
HSC1100Determinants of Health3
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health3
HSC2100Epidemiology3
HSC2400Research Methods for Health Science3
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone3
Major Electives
Choose 20-21 credits from the following: *20-21
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Laboratory
College of Health & Wellness Internship Ir,Ic
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology
How Drugs Work
Sociology I
Sociology of Aging
Major Elective†
Choose 3 credits from Major Electives
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Mathematics6
Fundamentals of Algebra (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Science3
Nutrition
Social Sciences6
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university15
Total Credits121.0-122.0
Credits
† Major Electives for Health Science Majors
(Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites. Courses already required in a student’s program cannot be selected to fulfill the major elective.)
Health/Science
HSC2230Introduction to Global Health3
HSC3200Health Education and Program Planning3
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems3
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law3
SCI1015Introduction to Life Science3
SCI2020Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
Leadership/Management
ACCT1210Financial Accounting3
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting3
BUS1001Introduction to Business and Management3
ECON1001Macroeconomics3
ECON1002Microeconomics3
FISV2000Finance3
MGMT2001Human Resource Management3
Social/Behavioral
CSLG2030Counseling Theories and Techniques3
PSYC2040Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors3
PSYC2100Health Psychology3

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?