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

If you are an allied health professional looking to boost your career and your earnings, a bachelor of science in health services can give you the administration, management, and communicaiton skills you need to advance to the next level.

The Bachelor of Science degree in health services is an interdisciplinary degree completion program designed for allied health professionals who have already received their technical education and licensure in their chosen field, such as diagnostic medical sonography, radiological technology, or respiratory therapy. This program is also an appropriate choice for community college graduates with an associate’s degree in an allied health profession, such as anesthesia technician, dietetic technician, health information technologist, medical laboratory technician, nuclear medicine technologist, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapy assistant, radiation therapy technologist, or surgical technologist.

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.

Note: Licensed diagnostic medical sonographers, radiological technologists, and respiratory therapists, or those who’ve earned an associate’s degree in an approved allied health profession, will be awarded 24 professional education credits. Credits earned at other colleges or universities will be evaluated for transfer. Please check with an academic advisor for specifics related to your associate’s degree program. 

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 1020 or COMMRC 1102Organizational Theory and Behavior or Organizational Behavior or Organizational Communication3
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 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.

The BS in health services can also provide the necessary academic background to pursue graduate work in public health, at institutions like the top-ranked University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.

CGS also offers a bachelor of arts in health services, best-suited for those who have not yet had training in the medical field.