Health Science - BS

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 (or MBA in Healthcare Management), 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 are 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.
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect inherent to humanism within health and wellness domains.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of a health and wellness team to improve individual and community outcomes.

Health Science students, with the counsel of their advisor, choose one of three pathways: the Health Science pathway or one of two specializations in either Health Promotion or Health Management. All three pathways require that the student complete the eight core courses listed below.

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

Health Promotion students take basic science courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and life science. Additional emphasis is placed on courses in counseling, health education, psychology and health policy. In consultation with advisors, these students may select courses that specifically prepare them for positions in the public health arena, such as health policy analysts, health promotion coordinators and WIC nutrition specialists, or for application to graduate programs in counseling psychology, bioinformatics or public health.

Health Management students take the same basic science courses as the Health Promotion specialization, but also take courses in accounting, economics, management, and health policy. These students are prepared for jobs as health service managers, health department administrators or for application to graduate MBA programs in healthcare management.

Health Science

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

Major Courses
CULN2414Cooking for Health and Wellness3
HSC1010Introduction to Health Professions1.5
HSC1110Determinants of Health I4.5
HSC1120Determinants of Health II4.5
HSC1230Introduction to Public Health4.5
HSC4900Data and Evidence in Health: Research Capstone4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
Required Specialization
Choose one from the following:63
Health Management
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Excel
Health Policy, Ethics and the Law
Contemporary Business Management I
Strategic Management
Introduction to Life Science
Exercise Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Major Electives†† (Choose 15.75 credits from Major Electives)
Health Promotion
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Global Health
Health Education and Program Planning
Health Policy, Ethics and the Law
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Life Science
Exercise Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Major Electives†† (Choose 27 credits from Major Electives)
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
Fundamentals of Algebra
Introduction to Biostatistics
Social Sciences9
Introductory Psychology
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university22.5
Total Credits180.0

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, Charlotte or Online.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte or Online.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor before scheduling free elective 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. )
SCI1015Introduction to Life Science4.5
SCI2020Exercise Physiology4.5
HSC2230Introduction to Global Health4.5
HSC3200Health Education and Program Planning4.5
HSC3300Comparative Healthcare Systems4.5
HSC3899Internship in Health Science4.5-13.5
HSC4100Health Policy, Ethics and the Law4.5
ACCT1210Financial Accounting4.5
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting4.5
FIT1003Introduction to Excel2.25
MGMT1001Contemporary Business Management I4.5
MGMT2001Human Resource Management4.5
CSLG1001Introduction to Helping Professions4.5
CSLG2030Counseling Theories and Techniques4.5
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5

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. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of options for major, Arts & Science and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.