College of General Studies

Health Services (BS)

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The health care and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy by 2020. This industry—which includes public and private hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, and individual and family services—is expected to grow by 33 percent, or 5.7 million new jobs.” –U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 The Bachelor of Science degree in health services is an interdisciplinary degree completion program designed for allied health professionals who already have received their technical education and licensure in diagnostic medical sonography, radiological technology, or respiratory therapy, and for community college graduates who already have completed a designated allied health profession associate’s degree. The core of this flexible program provides students with communication and management skills and broadens students’ understanding of health-related issues.

Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits to complete the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in health services. Of this total, the degree consists of 12 credits of required health services courses and up to 24 credits of professional courses, with the remainder consisting of general education courses and electives.

• Licensed diagnostic medical sonographers, radiological technologists, and respiratory therapists will be awarded 24 professional education credits. Credits earned at other colleges or universities will be evaluated for transfer. The maximum number of transferable credits (including 24 professional education credits) to this degree program is typically between 62-66.5 credits.

• Graduates who have earned an associate’s degree with an allied health profession major such as anesthesia technician, diagnostic medical sonographer, dietetic technician, health information technology, medical laboratory technician, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy technology, radiologic technologist, respiratory therapy, or surgical technologist will be awarded up to 24 professional education credits. Graduates of designated programs with which the College of General Studies has a transfer credit agreement can, in some cases, transfer more than the 60 credits from a two-year college, speeding up the time to degree completion. Please check with an academic advisor for specifics related to your associate’s degree program. The maximum number of transferable credits (including 24 professional education credits) to this degree program is typically between 62-66.5 credits.

Health Services Courses

A minimum of 12 credits, or four courses, are required as follows:

A. Health field: 6 credits

Students choose two courses from the following list:

Course NumberTitleCredits
NUR 1765Risk Factors and Health3
PHIL 1360Biomedical Ethics3
PSY 1215Health Psychology3
SOC 0477Medical Sociology3
SOC 1450Health and Illness3

B. Administration/Management field: 3 credits

Students choose one course from the following list:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUSERV 1915Introduction to Management3
HRS 1009 or BUSORG 1020Organizational Theory and Behavior or Organizational Behavior3
PUBSRV 1100Practices in Public Administration3
PUBSRV 1120Human Resources Management in the Public Sector3
PUBSRV 1200Practices of Nonprofit Management3
PUBSRV 1315Managing Projects and Contracts3

C. Related field: 3 Credits

Students choose one additional course from the health field or administration/management field lists above or else from the following list:

Course Number TitleCredits
COMMRC 0530Interpersonal Communication3
COMMRC 1102Organizational Communication3
COMMRC 1730Special Topics in Communication: Health3
HIST 1706Global Pharmaceuticals3
HRS 1006Introduction to Human Nutrition3
PSY 1255Priciples of Behavioral Modification3
PSYED 1001Introduction to Educational Psychology3

Requirements are subject to change. Many courses are available in an online format. Check with an academic advisor for course availability and additional elective options before registering.

Please see the Graduate School of Public Health Web site for information on early admission programs.