Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Health Education

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program prepares individuals to plan, implement and evaluate programs for health and human services – including those offered by health departments, voluntary health agencies, clinics, hospitals and businesses and healthcare industries.

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The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with Health Education concentration prepares students for careers as patient educators, health education teachers, trainers, community organizers and health program managers. Students will learn methods, skills and program strategies to help people change to more healthy lifestyles, make more efficient use of health services, adopt self-care practices wherever possible, and participate as a member of the multidisciplinary team in the design and implementation of programs that affect public health.
The program coursework provides a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of health promotion and community health education based on a synthesis of knowledge drawn from the physical, biological, social and behavioral fields. Through case study methods, students develop skills in needs assessment, organizing communities and identifying and implementing educational strategies. Program graduates are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Credentialing.


In order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program, prospective students must:

  • Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
  • Complete an admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
  • Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
  • Sign an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)

*Current undergraduate students must submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to apply for transfer credit. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a USU-approved agency.


10 semesters/40 months*

*Dependent on course load

*The courses listed below do not include the required General Education credits.

Core Requirements
62 Credits
Health Education Concentration Requirements
15 Credits
General Education Requirements*
43 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Total
120 Credits

Core Requirements

BHA 401: Strategic Management in Healthcare Organizations

This course introduces the principles, methods, theories, and concepts of strategic management as it relates to health care organizations. Topics include: Strategic planning and management, strategic assessment, marketing, macroeconomics, and principles of quality.

3 Credits

BHA 414 : Healthcare Law, Policy and Management

As the United States Healthcare system has become increasingly regulated, centralized and overseen by accrediting agencies, the legal environment has become increasingly complex. Students in this course will learn the general structure of healthcare law in the United States, and how laws and regulation constrain the management and administration of healthcare entities. Prerequisite: BHE 400

3 Credits

BHE 302: Health Promotions and Lifestyle Modification

The course provides an overview of the history of health promotion and disease prevention. The focus will be on the US Health Indicators described in Healthy People 2010. Healthy People in Healthy Communities will be discussed, and Healthy People 2020 will be framework settings, strategies, and model programs for promoting health. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with resources regarding the leading issues facing health educators, including physical activity, overweight and obesity, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, injury and violence, access to health care, immunization, and environment quality.

3 Credits

BHE 305: Human Nutrition

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to key concepts of human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on macro and micronutrients as methods of assessing nutrient intake in the well client. Additional topics include digestive processes, food additives, safety and sanitation as well as factors that influence nutrient intake. Fundamentals of normal nutrition, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and their roles in human metabolism as well as nutrition and the life cycle are presented and explored.
Prerequisite: HES 256

3 Credits

BHE 308: Cultural Competence in Healthcare

This course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to deliver sensitive, humanistic and respectful care to clients and their families living in a global community. Emphasized is the valuing of differences to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Explored are the changing demographics, awareness and acknowledgement of various cultural beliefs which are vital to delivering quality healthcare.

3 Credits

BHE 313: Gerontology

The course deals with the foundations, biological, safety and security needs of the aging population. Special issues discussed include healthcare systems, financial stability and end of life decisions. The course is an elective course for the BSHS specialization in Health Education.

3 Credits

BHE 315: Environmental Health and Safety

This course explores the major elements of environmental health. This is a survey course and is intended to introduce the student to the field of environmental health in a manner which brings each topic to life. This course is essentially an assessment of health and safety issues in the home and community from a life cycle perspective. The role of the multi-disciplinary team and the relationship between health, disease and society is explored. Risk and resilience are discussed as they apply to individuals and communities. Implications for family teaching and community health programs are inherent in the course. Environmental health is often thought of as the foundation of public health. You will find that environmental health in a broad sense affects almost every aspect of your life. It helps to control the food you eat and the water you drink; the home you live in and the places you go for recreation and entertainment; the condition of your schools; and of course, the air you breathe.

3 Credits

BHE 317: Survey of Public Health Biology

Because healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply proven evidence-based techniques to manage the health of populations and their individual members, knowledge of relevant biomedical concepts are important to administrators, managers and analysts. This course presents the foundation concepts of pathophysiology, infectious disease and chronic conditions in the context of public health as a discipline for improving outcomes.

3 Credits

BHE 400: Healthcare Delivery System

Introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States; overview of U.S. health care delivery, health care providers and professionals, technology and its effects, financing, outpatient services and primary care, healthcare delivery institutions, the role of federal government, methods of reimbursement and managed care, implications for the health care provider, professional practice, and for individuals, families and communities included. Emphasis is on access, cost, affordability and quality of care and the future of health services delivery.

3 Credits

BHE 404: Principles of Epidemiology

The course introduces the principles used to assess and study the distribution and determining factors of disease, injuries, and death in human populations. Infectious diseases are studied in terms of transmission and control/prevention. Infectious diseases are presented from a public health perspective. Characteristics, risk and prevention of non-infectious diseases that are important to the public are also discussed. Implications for health education are presented.

3 Credits

BIO 252: Human Physiology

Presents the physiology of human body systems with emphasis upon functions of muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 261A

3 Credits

BIO 252L: Human Physiology Lab

This is the laboratory part of Human Physiology and is taken in conjunction with the main course. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course. Topics include the physiology of cell transport mechanisms, skeletal muscle, nerve impulses, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestion, renal, acid-base balance, blood analysis and serological testing. Corequisite: BIO 252A

1 Credit

BIO 261: Human Anatomy

This course provides a study of the anatomical structure of the human body. Emphasis on gross and histological study of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Prerequisite: BIO 150A or equivalent.

3 Credits

BIO 261L: Human Anatomy Lab

This is the laboratory part of Human Anatomy and is taken in conjunction with the main course. An introduction to common laboratory techniques and the process of science is presented. The laboratory experiments are designed to complement the topics presented in the companion lecture course. Topics include human cadaver, anatomical models, histology slides, cat dissections, fetal pig dissections. Corequisite: BIO 261A

1 Credit

BUS 316: Data Analysis & Communication Tools

Industry has developed from paper-based, isolated practices to connected systems that acquire and store electronic data, which can be used to help manage organizations. In this course, students learn how to use specific, popular analytic tool(s) to organize, analyze and display data.

3 Credits

HED 310: Health Informatics

This course provides a multi-disciplinary approach to health informatics. The course explores the informatics in health care delivery and focuses on the clinical applications. The focus is on information technology including hardware, software, systems, and conceptual models of information. Different data types and data models are explored across various functional aspects of health care disciplines.

3 Credits

HED 315: Terminologies and Classification Systems

Health informatics, to promote meaningful and reliable analysis and sharing of data, utilizes a common set of abstractions, terminologies, and coding systems. Students will gain an understanding of these terminologies and their use within various institutional settings. Special attention and focus will be given to the selection of terminologies based on various institutional or business needs.

3 Credits

HES 256: Health and Society

Analysis of major health problems affecting the life of the individual, the family and community at large. Evaluation, planning and implementation of approaches to meeting personal and societal health needs, providing a foundation in population health.

3 Credits

MAT 241: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Basic concepts of probability and statistics. Includes sets and probability, random variables and probability distribution, sampling, estimation theories, tests of hypotheses.
Prerequisite: Passing Math Assessment test.

3 Credits

MGT 332: Project Management Essentials

This course introduces students to best practices in project management. Topics include definitions of project management and the environment, writing proposals to include: project deliverables, work breakdown structure (WSB), emergency procedures, risk management, and project budgets. Group collaboration is emphasized to assist in understanding the effects of team/group dynamics in project management.

3 Credits

PHI 380: Ethics in Healthcare

Examines the principles of ethics and how personal and professional values relate to ethics in Nursing. Recognize and analyze ethical principles in daily practice.
Prerequisite: ENG 130

3 Credits

BHE 499: Capstone**

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to synthesize and integrate knowledge and skills acquired through academic studies and apply that knowledge to a current public health issue.

3 Credits

* =non-transferable must be taken at end of core requirements
** =non-transferable must be taken in last semester


BHE 300: Introduction to Health Education

This introductory course provides the foundation to the concepts of health education and the typical responsibilities of health educators, including assessing the needs of individuals and communities; planning effective health education programs; implementing health education programs and evaluating their effectiveness; administering services; acting as a resource person; and communicating and advocating for health and health education.

3 Credits

BHE 304: Principles of Educating and Teaching

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to educational theories and principles that may be used as a guiding framework in developing and evaluating health education programs for individuals and communities. The student will become familiar with effective health education planning for diverse populations. The course also explores the philosophical and scientific foundations of client-community teaching, including theories and principles that support the design and delivery of effective teaching. Development of teaching plans and evaluation of learning and of teaching are included.


3 Credits

BHE 306: Developing and Working in Teams

This course builds awareness of interpersonal skills needed when working with individuals and groups. Explores group dynamics/processes and their effects on changes in health behavior within individuals and members of groups. In this course, we will be exploring the steps of team formation and development.  We will explore some barriers to effective team development, such as communication issues.  Finally, we will be learning about ways to overcome obstacles to the success of teams and ways to appraise the success of teams. Application to teaching and to working with health care teams is included.

3 Credits

BHE 406: Development and Evaluation of Health Programs

The course is designed to help the student in understanding the development and evaluation of health programs, including the establishment of goals, baseline, needs assessment, and program recommendations.

3 Credits

BHE 407: Strategies for Patient Engagement

Given that much of individual’s health is driven by the social determinants of healthcare, including the patient’s own understanding and behaviors, modern healthcare enterprises seek to enlist the cooperation of patients in their own care.  Engagement, that is enlisting the patient in their own care, includes educating the patient by providing the right information to the right patient at the right time and in the right format to encourage the patient to understand the steps they can take to improve their health.  This course examines how organizations can use data-driven approaches to develop effective patient engagement interventions that improve outcomes.

3 Credits