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 postbaccalaureate 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.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree
|General Biology - Cellular
|General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
|General Biology - Organismal
|General Biology Laboratory - Organismal
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
|Introduction to Health Professions
|Determinants of Health
|Introduction to Public Health
|Research Methods for Health Science
|Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone
|Choose 17-18 credits from the following: *
and General Microbiology Laboratory
|Fundamentals of Pharmacology
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry
and Introduction to Organic Chemistry Laboratory
and Biochemistry Laboratory
|General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
|General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
|Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities
|Sociology of Aging
Choose 3 credits from Major Electives †
|Choose 6 credits from the following:
|College of Health & Wellness Internship Ic
|Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
|Related Professional Studies
|General Chemistry I
|General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II
|General Chemistry II Laboratory
|Cooking for Health and Wellness
|A&S Core Experience
|Communications Foundation Courses
|Rhetoric & Composition I
|Rhetoric & Composition II
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities
|Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT or REL
|Precalculus (or higher, based on student's placement) **
|Introduction to Biostatistics
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, RES or SOC
Two courses with an EASC attribute
|Free Electives #
|12 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university
Students selecting to focus in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant should consult with their faculty advisor prior to registration.
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.)
|Introduction to Global Health
|Health Education and Program Planning
|Comparative Healthcare Systems
|Health Policy, Ethics and the Law
|Introduction to Life Science
|Introduction to Exercise Physiology
|Introduction to Business and Management
|Human Resource Management
|Counseling Theories and Techniques
|Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors
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 advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.
D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS).
SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.
# 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 advisor before scheduling free elective credits.
NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses
In collaboration with academic colleges across all 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 or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?