Health Science

Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Health ScienceDegreeB.S.
Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Health OccupationsDegreeB.S.
Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Emergency Medical ServicesDegreeB.S.
Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy, AcceleratedDegreeB.S.
Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Pre-Occupational TherapyDegreeB.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science is offered at ISU through the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences in cooperation with the College of Technology. The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science provides several pathways for students, depending on their ultimate educational and career goals.  The choice of five different areas of concentration allows students flexibility in meeting their professional goals.  

Program Level Outcomes

The objectives of this multidisciplinary degree are to prepare marketable graduates for entry-level employment in the health care field and/or to prepare students for admission to professional schools or graduate programs. Specific outcomes include the following:

  1. Assess different methods, advocate for, and provide education related to activities and programs that promote wellness

  2. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical research and practice questions

  3. Utilize appropriate medical terminology

  4. Understand basic principles of ethical theory and their application to a range of biomedical issues

  5. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology and basic biological and physical sciences 

  6. Describe components of the U.S. healthcare system and the role of different healthcare professionals

  7. Communicate effectively in healthcare settings

  8. Integrate, appreciate, and apply foundational knowledge and skills related to the delivery of appropriate and culturally competent healthcare

The program consists of a core set of requirements with additional requirements for each concentration.

B.S. Health Science Core

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Science must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits--see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of this catalog).  Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and the requirements for one of the health science concentrations.  All graduates of this program will earn a B.S. in Health Science, irrespective of which concentration is selected.

Choose one of the following:4
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab (Partially fulfills Objective 5)
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab
(BIOL 3301 has a prerequisite of BIOL 1101 or BIOL 2227, either of which will partially fulfill Objective 5.)
BIOL 3301 & BIOL 3301L are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any students interested in pursuing professional degrees in chiropractic, dentistry, allopathic and osteopathic medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and veterinary studies.
CPH 2200Promoting Wellness3
DHS 4426Evidence Based Research in Health Sciences3
Choose one of the following:2
Medical Terminology and Communication
Medical Terminology
Professional Competencies - Choose one of the following:3
Leadership and Policy
Health Law and Bioethics
Medical Law and Ethics
Medical Ethics
Ethical Issues in Healthcare Law and Policy
Healthcare Competencies3
Advanced Global Health
Community and Public Health
Global Health and Policy
Global Health Systems
Sociology of Health and Illness
Communication Competencies2-3
Groups and Communication
Communication Inquiry
Conflict Management
Interpersonal Skills in Health Professions
Health Behavior Change Theory and Application
Patient Education Skills
Communication Strategies in Community and Public Health
Basic Addiction Treatment Skills
Professional and Technical Writing
Diversity Competencies - Choose one of the following:0-3
Some courses in this group also fulfill one of the three previous competency areas. The credits for these courses are not counted twice if the course was chosen to complete an earlier core area.
American Indian Health Issues
Anthropology of Global Health
Topics in Medical Anthropology
Clinical Medical Anthropology
Interpersonal Skills in Health Professions
Patient Education Skills
Survey of Aging Issues
Health Law and Bioethics
Critical Analysis of Social Diversity (Fulfills Objective 7)
Spanish for Health Care I
Students must have an overall 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in BS Health Science Core courses with no grades below a C-.
Total Credits20-24