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Bachelor of Science (BS): Health Sciences Degree Overview

Sep 04, 2019

A health science major can help prepare students for advanced clinical study in health or for non-clinical health-related careers. We discuss a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree in detail and what you can do with it.

What is a BS in Health Science?

Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree programs are typically designed for students with an associate's degree in a health-related field and/or those planning on applying to clinical programs, such as pharmacy, nursing, or physical therapy. The field of health science covers a wide range of topics in health sciences, public health, health care, and research.

Health science degree programs are fairly common and may be available at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. For example, the state of Florida is home to more than 20 health science schools. There are also some degree programs, such as a bachelor's of biomedical science degree program, that offer health science as a minor.

However, a BS in Health Science is the most common degree in this subject. Here we provide a more detailed bachelor's in health science degree description.

How Long is a Health Science BS?

Like most bachelor's degree programs, a BS in Health Science generally requires at least 120 credits and traditionally takes 4 years to complete when taken full-time. However, there are some programs that may allow part-time study and could take more than 4 years. Accelerated programs also exist. Typically, these accelerated programs allow students to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in health science faster than taking the 2 programs individually.

What Formats are Available?

As mentioned, there are BS in Health Science programs that are available in full-time and/or part-time formats. There are traditional, on-campus programs, as well as some hybrid programs with some online coursework and fully-online programs.

What Courses Will I Take?

Similar to other bachelor's degree programs, BS in Health Science programs usually require students to complete general education courses in subjects such as English/composition, math, social science, and arts and humanities. It is also fairly common for these degree programs to require a final capstone course in the subject of health science. Some courses for the major may include topics in:

  • Health care economics
  • Health care quality management
  • Microbiology
  • Public health
  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Ethics

What Can I Do with a Health Science Major?

As mentioned, bachelor's degree programs in health science are generally intended for those who already have a health-related background, such as dental hygienists, medical lab technicians, or paramedics. These professionals may be looking to earn a bachelor's degree on their way to graduate or professional school, such as medical or dentistry school, or be looking to move into a non-clinical position related to health care. Some of these careers may include:

  • Medical and health services managers
  • Health educators
  • Sales representatives (for technical and scientific products)
  • Social and community service managers

How Much Will I Make?

Although salaries vary greatly based on factors like job title, employer, industry, and the state in which you are employed, PayScale.com reported that the average salary for those with a Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc) in Health Sciences was $62,000, as of August 2019. This average included job titles like physician assistant, program coordinator, healthcare consultant, and occupational therapist.

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