Bachelor of Science in Health Science
About the Program
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) highlights an interdisciplinary education to enable students to identify healthcare issues by integrating multiple perspectives. The program provides a solid foundation of general education, health-related science, and in-depth social, economic, and political aspects of health and healthcare delivery, with a strong emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, enabling students to master a wide range of health-related concepts.
The Health Science major prepares students for careers within the healthcare industry by building comprehensive knowledge and skills needed to address the complex issues that affect today’s dynamic health science environments and to promote the improvement of overall health outcomes.
Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to critical needs in various healthcare settings and to work collaboratively to care for the whole person, cura personalis, for and with the well- being of others.
Why Study Health Sciences at Saint Peter’s?
A key benefit of a health science degree is that it reveals and highlights the multiple aspects of healthcare, far broader than the technical training required to pursue a career as a healthcare provider, as reported by U.S. News in June 2020.
At Saint Peter’s, the Health Science major instills the ideals of ethical, compassionate, and comprehensive care because the foundation of our program is in the core Jesuit values of cura personalis and men and women for others. As Saint Peter’s continues to be a transformative, minority-serving institution, working towards social justice and implementing real change, our program is designed for students who want to make a difference in local and global communities.
What do Health Sciences majors do?
The health science major is the perfect fit for students who want to make a difference in local and global communities to address issues related to health science and healthcare. Health science majors have eclectic academic interests, invested in the overall health and well-being of the world around them. Students in the major seek to understand the underlying cause of disease, analyze human behavior and promote wellness and change within communities to improve access and quality of healthcare.
Students will focus on building career skills needed in the healthcare sector such as problem-solving and working collaboratively in teams, instilling the value of quality of healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention, and improving the lives of patients and the community.
This program is not intended for students interested in post-baccalaureate health professions programs such as medical school, dental school, and physician assistant or physical therapy programs; the biology or chemistry program of study is more applicable to such programs due to the prerequisites and standardized testing components associated with acceptance to those programs.