Health Sciences


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:

  • Direct employment in health care related fields (e.g., public and environmental health, governmental and community health organizations, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, research, hospitals and health providers, among many others);
  • Graduate education in clinical or biomedical fields (e.g., public health, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, nursing, physical/occupation/speech therapy, scientific research among many others);
  • Other aspects of health and health care (e.g., administration, business, law, advocacy, non-profit sector)

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:

  • A student pursuing admittance to medical school would have the ability to take organic chemistry (CHEM 313, a common prerequisite)
  • A student interested in starting or joining a medical or health business would have the ability to take “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” (ENTR 303)
  • A student interested in the behavioral health sciences may take a number of advanced psychology courses (e.g. PSYC 313 Human Development or PSSC 303 Social Psychology)

Program Objectives:
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:

  • Hospitals and health providers
  • Government health organizations
  • Community health organizations
  • Medical and pharmaceutical sales
  • Pharmaceutical and insurance industries
  • Public health agencies
  • Environmental health agencies
  • Non-profit health advocacy agencies
  • Patient advocacy
  • Health policy and law
  • Scientific research

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:

  • Medicine (MD)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy (PT or OT)
  • Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist
  • Speech Pathology or Therapy
  • Health Administration (MHA)
  • Dentistry (DMD)
  • Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Optometry, Audiology, Podiatry
  • Public or environmental health (MPH)
  • Epidemiology (MS, PhD)
  • Scientific Research (MS, PhD)

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:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Anthony’s Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Hospital
  • Saint Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Saint Louis University
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Department of Public Health, Saint Louis County
  • Department of Public Health, City of Saint Louis
  • Sigma-Aldrich
  • Pfizer
  • Express Scripts
  • Nestle-Purina
  • State Health Department of Missouri
  • Environmental Protection Agency



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:

Proposed Curriculum Sequence for Incoming Freshman

Degree Requirements
• 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

  • BIOL 211+213 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 221+223 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 371+373 Microbiology
  • BIOL 363 Pathophysiology
  • HSCI 343 Medical Terminology
  • At least 6 additional hours derived from natural sciences, chosen with and approved by program advisor

  Population health – knowledge and understanding of how the health of populations is affected by disease, environment, and societal factors

  • HSCI 373 Community Health
  • HSCI 383 Epidemiology
  • HSCI 433 Health Disparities
  • HSCI 443 Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • HSCI 463 Ethics and Current Issues in Public Health
  • 6 hours from the following
  • HSCI 453 Infectious Diseases
  • HSCI 423 Neurological Diseases
  • Other courses may be used to fulfill these requirements, but must be approved by program advisor

  Personal health – knowledge of the physical, psychological, and sociological health of the individual

  • HSCI 113 Introduction to Health Sciences
  • BIOL 303 Nutrition Science
  • KHSC 103 Substance Abuse
  • KHSC 333 Health and Wellness
  • PSYC 213 Personal Adjustment
  • SOCO 323 Marriage and Family


  • HSCI 223 Practicum in Health Sciences


  • 4-6 hours of electives should be completed, as necessary to meet degree requirements. Courses can be selected from any division and should be upper level credits, subject to program advisor approval. HSCI 473/476 Internship in Health Sciences can be used to fulfill these hours.

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