13 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related.
The Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature and provides flexible options that allow students to prepare for many kinds of health careers. The online Health Sciences degree program provides the opportunity for students with an interest in the health professions to explore the many opportunities in the field and to develop the knowledge, values and interpersonal skills needed to be successful in today's health and human service setting. All required coursework is offered online, on the Vermillion campus and select courses offered in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.
The online Health Sciences degree program has six academic pathways which will qualify students for entry into graduate programs in a specific health profession, entry-level employment in health-care related positions or educational mobility for individuals who wish to advance their education.
Option 1: Pre-Professional Studies
The pre-professional option provides a foundation for study in a program leading to a medical profession. In addition to the Health Sciences major courses, students will take prerequisite coursework needed for entry into an undergraduate or graduate health sciences program. This pre-professional Bachelor degree in Health Sciences prepares individuals for entry into a variety of graduate programs in health care, including chiropractic medicine, optometry, public health, etc.
Option II: Health Care Studies
This option is for individuals who desire a career in the health care industry rather than in a clinically-based profession. The student's course of study will build a solid academic foundation in humanities, math, science and health care delivery. The student may be encouraged to earn a minor in addition to the Health Sciences major to attain individual goals and increase job opportunities. Graduates of the Bachelor's in Health Sciences Health Care Studies pathway will be prepared for entry-level employment in medical or health-care related fields.
Option III: Health Care Advancement Studies
The Health Career Advancement Studies option is for individuals who are already health care workers and who hold an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. degree who wish to advance their current positions or in a related area of health care. After completing the Bachelor degree in Health Sciences, students may go on to pursue graduate work in health sciences, if desired.
Option IV: Undergraduate Clinical Informatics:
Provides an introduction to the use of technology and the electronic health record (EHR) to enhance safety and healthcare outcomes.
Option V: Undergraduate Public Health:
Introduces public health as a career option by providing foundational knowledge of public health principles, epidemiology and global health issues.
Option VI: Undergraduate Research:
Designed to put students on a fast-track to a career in research. Students have the opportunity to work with scientists in basic biomedical research, health disparities, clinical or translational research and data methodologies, biostatistics and epidemiology.
Admission Requirements for the Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences can be found at Undergraduate Admission Requirements.
**HSC 305, HSC 350 and HSC 380 require the completion of criminal background checks, immunizations, and CPR requirements according to Health Affairs. Instructor permission is required.
How to Apply:
How you apply depends on the type of student you are:
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For more information about the online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.