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Looking for health sciences bachelor’s degree programs in the Columbia area? Consider South University, Columbia. The overall objective of our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program is to provide a firm foundation for entry-level employment in a range of positions in the health care industry at facilities such as health practitioners’ offices, hospitals, home healthcare services, outpatient care services, outpatient care services, nursing care facilities, health insurance companies, and state and government healthcare programs. It also prepares students for graduate study, and is designed to equip graduates with skills appropriate for lifelong learning. The Core Curriculum in the first two years is designed to provide students with a foundation in the humanities, math and science. During the second two years, the curriculum provides for a broad focus on business basics, the healthcare delivery system, and health sciences.

The specialization in Public Health provides the educational underpinning for entry-level careers in the Public Health profession. A variety of career paths exists for students completing the specialization in Public Health. While a portion of these students may obtain employment within for profit entities, other individuals would likely seek entry-level employment within the public and not-for-profit sectors for which knowledge of and skills in Public Health are important.

The specialization in Public Health allows for a compelling education path from the undergraduate program in Health Sciences to the master’s level study of Public Health. The specialization is designed to provide coursework and expands the knowledge base in the areas of policy, planning and evaluation, management and administration, and healthcare law.

After successful completion of the Health Sciences program, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. Completion of the first two years of the BS in Health Sciences degree program may provide students with the required prerequisite courses to apply for professional programs such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. However, admission to these programs is competitive at most institutions (including South University) and is not guaranteed. Students interested in transferring credit must consult with the institution that they wish to attend in order to determine if courses will transfer. This consultation should occur prior to taking the courses. Please be aware that some institutions will not accept online science and laboratory courses for transfer credit.

End your search today for health sciences bachelor’s degree programs in the Columbia area with South University, Columbia.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program each student should be able to:

  • Utilize the principles and theories of the natural, social, behavioral, and health sciences to serve as competent and considerate health care professionals.
  • Demonstrate effective and culturally sensitive written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with individuals, groups and peers in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Identify and apply exemplary ethical and professional behaviors in various health care positions and organizations.
  • Apply creative and critical thinking skills to identify, explore, and develop alternative solutions for a range of healthcare delivery system issues and challenges.
  • Effectively search, analyze and report on health care related data through the application of information technology and health management information systems.
  • Develop a quest for new knowledge throughout life for professional and personal achievement and satisfaction.
  • Effectively apply organizational and management skills that incorporate knowledge of the political, financial, economic, and public health issues which impact the healthcare delivery system.

In addition to the above program objectives, upon completion of the specialization in Public Health, each student should be able to:

  • Describe the interaction between resource management, organizational theory, marketing and public policy to safeguard and sustain the public health of individuals and populations.
  • Apply principles of public health planning collaboratively with health service providers, policy makers, and healthcare consumers in the implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs.
  • Identify and analyze current and emerging issues facing the health of diverse communities and populations.
  • Describe and critically evaluate public health research questions to proactively develop and design innovative healthcare programs.
  • Prepare students for continued studies in advanced Public Health degree programs.

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