Health Sciences

Be a Force for Change with a Degree in Health Sciences

The healthcare industry is changing rapidly. From preventing illness to promoting wellness, the goals of healthcare providers adapt based upon the needs of the communities they serve. If you want to be a forward-thinking professional who is equipped to excel in the healthcare industry, a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is for you.

Focused on improving access to health and wellness services, what you learn as part of the Health Sciences major creates a solid foundation for whatever your future has in store. 

Hit the Ground Running with a Degree in Health Sciences

Majoring in health sciences prepares you to solve real-world challenges related to common health issues facing our world today, like serving the needs of an aging population or finding ways to address victims of the widespread opioid crisis. The cross-disciplinary curriculum readies you for broad roles in health and wellness with courses in medical terminology, community mental health, public administration and public health.

Your general education courses will help sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills and professional core courses familiarize you with the language, theories and principles of health sciences. You’ll tailor your major to your career interests with a variety of elective courses.

Careers

Prepare for a Variety of Roles in Health in Wellness

As the need for healthcare services increases, the demand for health sciences professionals will also continue to grow. As a Health Sciences major, you will learn how to apply basic theories and research findings to create strategies that promote wellness, reduce disparities, strengthen community partnerships and increase access to affordable healthcare. Through your coursework, you will gain a solid understanding of how existing policies influence the availability of care to the public.

Upon earning your degree, you will be qualified to pursue jobs like community health worker, social and human service assistant, and social and community service manager. 

Program Outcomes
  1. Evaluate the economic, legal, social and ethical challenges facing health and wellness.

  2. Create professional communications using appropriate data visualization tools.

  3. Analyze the benefits and challenges of organizational-level policies relating to health and wellness.

  4. Formulate strategies to alleviate obstacles to achieving health and wellness.

  5. Identify common terminology, tools and practices used in health and wellness domains.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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