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After you've earned a bachelor's in health sciences, there are many directions you can go. Whether you want to continue your studies in one of our many graduate and post-graduate programs, start a career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or work with other scientists in biomedical research, you'll leave the health sciences major prepared to take your next step.

Health Care Studies

If you want to start your career in the health care industry rather than in a clinically based profession, your course of study will include a solid academic foundation in humanities, math, science and health care. You will be encouraged to earn up to two minors in addition to the health sciences major to create a unique program that will be geared toward your goals and increases your marketability when you start looking for a job. Students who have taken this path have gone on to work in areas like ambulatory care, health insurance, pharmaceutical sales and hospitals.

Health Career Advancement 

Some of our students already work in health care and hold A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degrees. Graduates of community colleges who have completed these degrees in a health care field can complete the Bachelor of Science in health sciences at USD. Our connections with local two-year colleges make it easy for you to transfer credits to our program to complete your bachelor's degree.

Professional Studies 

Getting a degree in health sciences provides a foundation for students who wish to go on to earn a health-related master's or doctoral degree. In addition to the major courses, you will take coursework needed for entry into an undergraduate or graduate health sciences program.

View Clinical Studies Specialization Curriculum

Public Health Studies

Public health professionals serve local, national and international communities as protectors of the public's health. National health concerns have created new jobs and increased demand for those with public health education. We offer a minor, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in public health. You can use your any/all of your education to launch a career in a wide variety of settings aimed at the promotion of health.

Clinical Informatics

You can use your health sciences degree to go on to a career in clinical informatics, which is the acquisition, storage and use of health care information. This vital field includes everything from system design and use to clinical documentation, and assists health care providers in providing patient care that is safe, efficient and timely. It can can also aid in research. The clinical informatics courses you can take in the health sciences major are valuable to anyone pursuing a career in health care, health care administration, public health and health care services.

View Healthcare Analytics Certificate Curriculum


Medical research is a rapidly expanding part of health care and our students have the opportunity to develop research skills and knowledge while still in school. Through academic partnerships, our students work alongside research scientists in Sioux Falls who are researching a cure for Type 1 diabetes, the effectiveness of a medication at slowing the impact of Alzheimer's disease on memory and daily activities, human genetics and more.

Those who choose research as a career choice have numerous job opportunities, such as developing new or improving existing drugs, treatments or other medically related products. They may work in research centers, hospitals, universities and pharmaceutical companies in both the public and private sectors.

Paramedic Program

The University of South Dakota is no longer admitting students to the paramedic program as of April 1, 2020.

Admission Year                                 Retention Rates               Job Placement

2019                                                                100%                                 100%

2018                                                                 75%                                  100%

2017                                                                 75%                                    67%

NREMT Paramedic Exam Pass Rates for Cohort beginning in 2018 (Eligible for Exam June 2020)

Attempted The Exam

First Attempt Pass

Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts

Cumulative Pass Within 6 Attempts

Failed All 6 Attempts

Eligible For Retest

Did Not Complete Within 2 Years