Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
Our program provides several paths towards non-clinical and clinical occupations within the healthcare sector. It also offers preparation for graduate studies in health services research, public health or health education. You can also pursue pre-professional tracks in pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy and pre-chiropractic medicine.
Healthcare is expected to be the largest growing sector for career opportunities in the coming decade throughout the region PNW serves. Our curriculum is well suited to meet this demand because it offers a number of tracks of study in support of pre-professional areas of this field.
As a health studies major, you will also have access to PNW’s state-of-the-art facilities including the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Research and the Exercise Physiology and Human Performance Lab.
This 120-credit-hour program includes health studies core curriculum (33 credits), general education core (30-31 credits), and health studies and other electives (56-57 credits). We’ll assist you in developing a degree program based on your healthcare career interests, including access to unique classes such as Holistic Health, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.
You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.
Begin to develop a foundational knowledge of key concepts in health studies while taking classes in general education.
- CHM 11500 – General Chemistry
- MA 15300 – College Algebra
- ENGL 10400 – English Composition I
Identify an interest in a specific healthcare field and select a specific health studies track.
- COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
- PHIL 11100 – Ethics
- HST 35200 – Human Lifespan Development
Develop oral and written communication skills in upper-level courses.
- STAT 31000 – Health Care Statistics
- HST 20000 – Medical Terminology
- HST 22100 – Introduction To Pharmacology
Take a health studies capstone course, complete graduation requirements and further prepare for your chosen career.
- HST 30500 – Occupational Safety & Health
Our program includes upper-level course offerings in a broad range of health-related areas, a large selection of online courses and flexibility in your track and course selection. Courses are taught by faculty from several departments with the common focus of healthcare, who provide many ways to bridge your education your with community involvement.
You also will have use of PNW’s state-of-the-art facilities including the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Research and the Exercise Physiology and Human Performance Lab.
As a Health Studies major, you’ll gain a holistic understanding of health-related issues and enhance the communication skills you need to succeed in the field. We also offer a number of internships that provide real-world preparation for the job market.
Health Studies students can apply for:
Beyond the Classroom
You’re encouraged to pursue internships, volunteer in the healthcare community and join student clubs or organizations.
Career paths include:
- Allied Health Fields
- Public Health/Epidemiology
- Health Care Administration
Our graduates have successful careers in:
- Public and private hospitals
- Nursing and resident care facilities
- Family service
- Health agencies
Faculty and Staff
Nils K. Nelson Associate Professor of Health Studies
Durocher focuses on teaching, research and service in biological sciences, health sciences and health studies.
Hassan Naji focuses on teaching biological and health studies courses. Naji believes in getting back to community through volunteer work to area schools and career centers.
JC White is an academic advisor for the College of Engineering and Sciences.