The Health Sciences major at MBU is designed for those students interested in pursuing careers related to human health and healthcare. As the US population ages and increased emphasis is placed on health, healthcare, and disease treatment, fields related to the health sciences will continue to growth and graduates from these programs will continued to be highly valued. The Health Sciences major is a great fit for students interested in:
Importantly, flexibility is included in the coursework so that students have the option to complete any pre-requisites for entry to post-graduate education and/or take courses that will be of benefit to career aspirations. Examples may include:
Students graduating from Missouri Baptist University with a BS in Health Sciences will be able to:
1. Understand biological and environmental systems and how these systems impact healthcare, disease, and ethical considerations for the individual and population at large.
2. Identify and understand the influence of societal and cultural factors that shape health and disease in the individual and population at large.
3. Understand the research methodology and statistical implementations used to study human health and disease.
4. Evaluate peer-reviewed scientific literature, critically read and synthesize relevant information, and effectively communicate analysis to peers and superiors in the oral, written, and visual mediums.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in the academic foundations for advancement into post-graduate education or careers in the fields of the health sciences.
The Health Sciences major is a great fit for students interested in direct employment in health care related fields, graduate education in clinical or biomedical fields, or other aspects of health and health care (e.g., administration, business, law, advocacy, non-profit sector).
The Health Sciences major will well-prepare students desiring to pursue employment following graduation for the following careers, to name a few:
The Health Sciences major will help to prepare students desiring to continue with post-graduate education in pursuit of the following careers, to name a few:
Locally and regionally, many potential employers exist for graduates in the health sciences. Although numerous public and private potential employers are present, a few of the large employers could include the following:
The Health Sciences major works to prepare students for either post-graduate education or entry into the workforce. Preparation for a career in health sciences fields is achieved with major coursework that is separated into the following ‘focus’ groups:
• To complete a BS in Health Sciences, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 must be maintained.
• Total credit hours must be at least 128, and upper division credits (300-400) must be at least 45.
• A minimum grade of C must be earned in courses required for the major, including any electives used to fulfil hours. Required courses for the Health Sciences major can be found under the ‘major’ section on the second page of the Health Sciences degree sheet.
• BIOL 101/103 is required to fulfill part of the natural sciences general education requirements. CHEM 111/113 is recommended to complete the remaining general education requirements for natural sciences.
• PSYC 133 General Psychology is recommended to fulfill part of the behavioral and social sciences general education requirements .All students pursuing a BS in Health Sciences are required to complete the ‘Practicum in Health Sciences’ (HSCI 223), which requires 200 hours of observational experience. The practicum provides a real world and hands-on immersion into the student’s desired career path. If a student desires, an internship (HSCI 473 or HSCI 476, for credit) can be completed immediately prior to graduation that will provide a deeper immersion.
Natural sciences – knowledge of fundamental principles of human biology
Population health – knowledge and understanding of how the health of populations is affected by disease, environment, and societal factors
Personal health – knowledge of the physical, psychological, and sociological health of the individual
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