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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program prepares individuals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for health and human services such as those offered by health departments, health agencies, clinics, hospitals, and businesses and health care industries.

This program prepares you with the skills necessary to have a positive impact on the quality of services available to meet this need in a growing population.

All students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program are required to complete common requirements in general education courses, Health Sciences core courses (including capstone course), and one of the following concentrations:

  • Gerontology
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Administration

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate a diverse array of health-related information sources.
  2. Demonstrate consideration and sensitivity to cultural contexts of patients, their families, and healthcare staff and providers.
  3. Effectively integrate concepts and practices in health sciences to achieve healthcare outcomes.
  4. Employ the language of healthcare effectively in written forms.
  5. Employ the language of healthcare effectively in oral forms.
  6. Participate effectively in team problem-solving and decision-making in healthcare.
  7. Interpret healthcare data delivered in verbal, numeric, or graphical form.
  8. Evaluate ethical issues in healthcare in order to propose effective resolutions.
  9. Evaluate ideas and evidence rationally to produce and implement solutions for health-related issues.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Individuals wishing to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree must apply and be admitted to the University. All admission materials must be submitted directly to the admissions office by the application deadline (if applicable). An application to USU includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Complete and submit an application for admission,
  • Interview with an Enrollment Advisor,
  • Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent as defined under the U.S. Department of Education regulation,
    • Foreign high school diplomas or their equivalent must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable agency.
      • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
      • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Homeschooled students may apply for admission. The student should provide proof that he or she has completed their State’s requirements for high school graduation. The home school students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s) are responsible for compliance with all State requirements.
  • Undergraduate applicants must submit their official transcripts from previously attended institutions. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated, if applicable, by an acceptable evaluating agency:
    • A member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • A member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE)
    • Nursing applicants may use the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
  • Complete an Enrollment Agreement.
TUITION & COST

Per Credit Hour: $150/$250**
Per Academic Year: $4,800
Estimated Tuition: $26,400 (including fees)

**General Education and Elective courses are $150 per credit hour. Core and Concentration courses are $250 per credit hour.

COMPLETION TIME

10 semesters/40 months*

*Dependent on course load (i.e., Full-Time, Part-Time)

The following course list does not include general education courses required for the BSHS degree. Please refer to the University Catalog for information on general education requirements.

Core Requirements
45 Credits
Concentration Requirements
15 Credits
Science and Math Required Courses
14 Credits
General Education Requirements
46 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Total
120 Credits

Core Requirements

GER 310: 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.

3 Credits

HCA 101: Healthcare Delivery in the United States

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

HCA 201: 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

HCA 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

HCA 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.

3 Credits

HDA 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 201: 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.

3 Credits

HED 302: Health Promotion 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

HSC 101: 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.

3 Credits

HSC 105: 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

HSC 210: Environmental Health 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

HSC 215: 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

HSC 380: Ethics in Healthcare

Examines the principles of ethics and how personal and professional values relate to ethics in Nursing. Recognize and analyze ethnical principles in daily practice.

Prerequisite: ENG130 English Composition and Reading

3 Credits

HSC 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

HSC 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

Science and Math Required Courses

BIO 251: Microbiology

Introduction to the biology of major groups of microorganism including their role in infectious diseases, their role in nature and their relationship to humankind.

Prerequisite: BIO 150 General Biology

3 Credits

BIO 280: Anatomy and Physiology I

This is part of a paired, two semester course that provides an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. The course discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan. BIO 280 covers anatomical terminology and tissue types, along with the integumentary, skeletal, muscle, nervous, and endocrine systems. Course includes lab activities.

4 Credits

BIO 282: Anatomy and Physiology II

This is part of a paired, two semester course that provides an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. The course discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan. BIO 2820 covers the circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, renal, and reproductive systems. Course includes lab activities.

4 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: College Algebra or an equivalent math course.

3 Credits

Concentration in Gerontology

GER 402: Aging Programs and Services

This course will present a survey of the major contemporary services and programs focusing on the needs of older adults. Through a comprehensive assessment and review, students will gain a thorough introduction to the variations, strengths, and limitations that reflect these resources. Emphasis will be placed upon the governmental organizations, modalities of care, legislative initiatives, and supportive networks that typify the growing needs and interests of this vulnerable population.

Prerequisite: GER310 Gerontology

3 Credits

GER 404: Elder Law

The impact of the aging society on healthcare mandates discussions on home health, assisted living and nursing homes for seniors. Financial, end of life planning, trust wills, advance directives and powers of attorney are discussed.

3 Credits

GER 408: Studies on Aging

Course provides an overview of studies in aging through the perceptions of the life cycle, healthcare systems, family and interpersonal relationships and aging in diverse communities at large.  Emphasis is on theory, methods and research in aging, and future trends in aging in various cultures.

3 Credits

GER 410: Technology and Aging

The extent and optimization on how older adults use new technologies, their attitudes for the adoption of technology, and the influence of technology design on older adults’ performance are discussed. Emerging areas of research like home monitoring systems, healthcare technologies (e.g., telehealth), robotics (e.g., Nursebot), and automated systems (e.g., cruise control) as opportunities and challenges are analyzed. This course will address the needs of clinicians, other healthcare providers, payers, and policy makers.

3 Credits

HSC 406: End of Life Ethics

Ethical issues such as suffering, death and dying, futility of treatment, withholding and withdrawing treatment, artificial food and nutrition, palliative care, euthanasia, and compassion are the main focus of this course. The course provides an analysis of the major moral traditions as well as the philosophical debate on the goals of healthcare.

Prerequisite: HSC101 Health and Society

3 Credits

Concentration in Health Education

HED300: 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

HED304: 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

HED306: 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 healthcare teams is included.

3 Credits

HED406: 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

HED407: 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

Concentration in Health Services Administration

HCA404: Human Resources in Healthcare Administration

The course analyzes topics in human resource management within healthcare organizations. Topics include talent acquisition in diverse healthcare organizations, performance management in healthcare settings, workplace safety and violence in healthcare settings, technological challenges, and the future of HR management in healthcare.

3 Credits

HCA405: Quality Management in Healthcare

This course explores administration and organization of quality and patient safety definitions, practices, and processes within the healthcare system in the United States. It also examines the trends in healthcare quality and patient safety, measurement development, quality of practices in different healthcare environments, administrative responsibilities and structures regarding production and service quality, as well as the functions and roles of professional organizations, regulatory agencies and the federal government.

3 Credits

HCA406: Financial Management in Healthcare

Given the complex environment of the US Healthcare System, the increasing constraints on reimbursement and revenue, trend towards “value based healthcare”; tracking, understanding, allocating, and evaluating financial resources have become increasingly important. In this course, students learn about the use of accounting and financial practices to manage revenue and expenditures in healthcare, including planning for future operations.

3 Credits

HCA408: Healthcare Marketing

This course provides analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within healthcare and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, marketing research, market segmentation, target marketing and control marketing.

3 Credits

HCA416: Business Intelligence Tools

Healthcare has seen a data revolution with the rate and volume of data collected increasing as the connected healthcare enterprise uses more devices that collect and store data. Such vast stores of data challenge the organization to identify what data are important and actionable, and to develop meaningful ways to display complex data. This course introduces students to the discipline of, and the use of tools for, business intelligence.

3 Credits