From Study to Skills 

The health sciences major provides students with a thorough grounding in subjects that are fundamental to health-related professions. This interdisciplinary major includes instruction in basic science courses, coupled with additional courses to prepare students to meet the needs of a modern health delivery system and help students learn to interact with clientele of multiple ages and diverse challenges in relation to accessing and providing quality health care.

The health science major consists of a common track focusing on career preparation (i.e., professions that require a B.A. degree) as well as a foundation for going on for additional training in health-related graduate degrees (e.g., in nursing, public health or occupational therapy). Increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

*Students interested in transferring to the nursing program after their freshman year should follow the pre-nursing track for Health Sciences students.

*Students interested in graduate study and a career in physical therapy should familiarize themselves with graduate programs’ course pre-requisites and information about shadowing hours requirements.

*Students interested in graduate study and a career in occupational therapy should familiarize themselves with graduate programs’ expectations and requirements.

*Students interested in graduate study and a career as a physician assistant should familiarize themselves with graduate programs’ expectations and requirements.  Note that some PA programs will expect a biology major.

 

Careers for Health Science Majors

A degree in Health Sciences can be a step towards many different rewarding careers. However, students who wish to pursue certain career paths may need to take classes in addition to those required for a B.A. in Health Sciences. Confer with an adviser or the director of Health Sciences.

  • Behavioral Health Researcher
  • Biostatistician
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Dietitian
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Educator
  • Health Science Writer
  • Medical Record Technician
  • Patient Care Administrator
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Public Health Consultant
  • Research Technician

 

Some helpful websites: 
https://www.allalliedhealthschools.com/health-science/
https://www.publichealthonline.org/health-sciences/
https://flex.wisconsin.edu/stories-news/what-can-you-do-with-a-health-sciences-degree/
https://salemcc.emsicc.com/programs/health-science-associate-of-science/186469?radius=&region=Salem%20Region
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers/college-majors/health-and-medicine-majors-the-basics
https://explorehealthcareers.org/