How to Choose a Health Science School

Health science as a field of study provides students with a foundation in healthcare topics such as health promotion and disease prevention, and it can include specific areas of study as preparation for higher levels of education. Continue reading to see what you should remember when picking a health science school and to view some schools with health science programs in the U.S.

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Health science programs are available at numerous 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Areas of study within health science programs vary, although many programs offer a core curriculum.

Schools with Health Sciences Programs

Here's a list of schools with applicable programs:

University/College Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition 2015-2016*
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, Texas 4-year, Public Post-master's certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate Undergraduate:
In-state $7,976
Out-of-state $17,442
In-state $3,568
Out-of-state $10,588
Anna Maria College Paxton, Massachusetts 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $35,074
Casper College Casper, Wyoming 2-year, Public Associate In-state $2,640
Out-of-state $6,624
Chicago State University Chicago, Illinois 4-year, Public Bachelor's, master's Undergraduate: In-state $9,994
Out-of-state $16,954 Graduate:
In-state $5,382
Out-of-state $10,314
Saint Louis University Saint Louis, Missouri 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's, Undergraduate: $39,226
Graduate: $18,900
Daemen College Amherst, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's Undergraduate: $25,995
Graduate: $23,208
Hendrix College Conway, Arkansas 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $40,870
Boston University Boston, Massachusetts 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's, doctorate Undergraduate: $48,436
Graduate: $47,422

School Selection Criteria

Remember these things as you consider different health science schools:

  • Students at the undergraduate level who are undecided on their educational path can enroll in a general studies health science associate degree program, while those who are more career-focused can complete concentrations in areas such as radiography or respiratory therapy that prepare them for employment.
  • Bachelor's degree programs prepare students for non-clinical career paths, such as health promotion or occupational safety research.
  • Students who wish to engage in research and publish academic articles might consider completing a master's degree program.
  • Distance learning and partly- and fully-online programs can provide students with flexible scheduling options, which are particularly useful for those with professional or family obligations.

Associate Degree in Health Science

Some associate degree programs in health science are available as general studies training courses for students interested in the health industry, while others offer concentration options in subjects like medical technology, health administration or radiological science. General education courses and basic health science courses help students transfer directly into bachelor's degree programs.

Bachelor's Degree in Health Science

Bachelor's degree programs can be continued from a previously completed associate degree or can be taken as full 4-year programs. Educational tracks in subjects like health safety, health management, disease prevention and pre-medical sciences are available.

Master's Degree in Health Science

The master's degree program curriculum is largely based on the student's area of concentration, and it may require a specific concentration for successful completion. Depending on the concentration, students may complete a final project or research thesis.

Before selecting a health science program, students should explore distance learning options and ensure coursework matches their career and academic goals.

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