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- Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Overview: The primary goal of a Health Sciences major is to prepare graduates who will study a field in allied health at a post-baccalaureate level. Other purposes include:
- a path for those without a declared major but with interests in the health field
- a solid, scientific baseline for pre-professional and pre-medical students
- entry into a post-baccalaureate program after graduating from SLU
- subsequent training in new professions as healthcare technology evolves and methods of delivery advance
- degree completion for those who possess an associate's degree
- career advancement
Curriculum: Students experience a wide range of careers in the health sciences through their course of study. SLU’s unique inter-professional education initiative teaches students how healthcare professionals from different fields work together to provide patients the best possible care. The Health Sciences curriculum includes courses in biology, chemistry, health care management, psychology, physiology and anatomy and more. Students also are encouraged to take elective courses that provide an overview of the health professions such as Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science, Hot Topics in Nutrition, Introduction to Health Informatics and Seminar in Occupational Therapy Practice. See the Health Sciences Web site for the recommended curricular track.
Faculty: Health Sciences students benefit from qualified faculty and staff who are strongly committed to the students, their educational experience, the profession and the overall success of the program.
Careers: A BSHS degree offers a variety of employment opportunities within the healthcare environment such as a healthcare coordinator housed within a physician's office, hospital, ambulatory care center, daycare setting, insurance industry or pharmaceutical sales. A degree in Health Sciences also prepares graduates who plan to continue on to schools of medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry and veterinary medicine.