Bachelor of Science in Health Science
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program offers the opportunity for students to explore foundational principles for a wide range of health professions. Students will apply these principles to specific concentrations in patient navigation and public health. Students graduating from this program will be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings such as hospitals, research laboratories, private medical offices, ambulatory clinics, public health organizations, the insurance industry, and government agencies. Students obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Health Science also will be able to move forward to graduate education in a variety of fields.
Bachelor of Science in Health Science Student Outcomes
- Understand concepts related to physical, and mental health and wellness.
- Discuss various trends in health care and social determinants impacting health care.
- Apply professional and leadership principles to a variety of health care roles.
- Collaborate with health care providers in the provision of health services.
- Demonstrate necessary communication and scholarly activities for graduate education.
- Demonstrate skills and knowledge to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
- Identify and utilize community resources for patient navigation to support the plan of care.
- Apply patient navigation concepts across the lifespan in acute and non-acute settings.
- Examine cultural, sociopolitical, psychological, legal, ethical and economic factors that impact patient navigation.
- Collaborate with health care professionals in the development, implementation and evaluation of patients' plan of care.
- Function as public health professionals for the health-related problems of individuals in school, workplace or various community environments.
- Gather and analyze health-related data to identify and evaluate health needs of individuals groups and communities.
- Examine cultural, sociopolitical, psychological, legal, ethical and economic factors that impact public health.
- Collaborate with local, regional and national healthcare agencies to foster health and wellness in communities.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the role of a public health professionals in pandemic and disaster events.
Careers in Patient Navigation
A patient navigator helps guide a patient through the healthcare system. This includes help going through the screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of a medical condition, such as cancer. A patient navigator helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers and may also help patients set up appointments for doctor visits and medical tests, as well as get financial, legal and social support. They may also work with insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers and others who may have an effect on a patient’s healthcare needs. Careers include patient navigator, patient advocate, access navigator, community outreach linkage navigator, health navigator and/or patient care coordinator.
Careers in Public Health
Careers in public health include health educator, health sciences officer, health program manager/analyst, health communications specialist, health services manager, environmental scientists, epidemiologist/biostatistician, research assistant and/or disease investigator. This is not an exhaustive list, but these roles are most often found in local, state or federal government organizations, community-based organizations, or non-profit organizations. Many graduates of the program also go on to graduate programs in public health, healthcare administration or healthcare management.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional admissions requirements to get into the health science degree program?
There are no admissions requirements needed to be accepted into the program. Students will be able to select the health science degree as a freshman when they apply to GGC. Current students will be able to change their major to health science at any time. While there are no admission requirements for the health science degree, students will be held at a higher standard as deemed necessary for the health profession.
When will I be able to select health science as a major?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program is currently available to declare as a major.
Change major to health science?
Find answers from the Registrar to frequently asked questions about changing your major and more.
Can part-time students major in health science?
Yes, classes can be taken part-time. Additionally, some classes are offered in a hybrid format, but the majority of them are in-person. Be sure that you can accommodate an on-campus schedule for this program.
Concentrations for Bachelor of Science in Health Science?
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science offers two concentrations: public health and patient navigation. Areas A-F of the program plan for both concentrations offer the same choices and include the same requirements. The health science major degree-specific requirements share 32 hours of common curriculum for both concentrations.View degree program plans.
Areas A-E course offerings?
Areas A-E closely align with the pre-nursing program with the following exceptions:
- Area D: MATH 2000 Statistics replaces the ITEC 2110/2120 requirement
- Area F: Includes HSCI 2000 Medical Terminology
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