The fully online bachelor’s in health sciences program covers the scope of responsibilities related to a spectrum of health care careers, and teaches you how to succeed as an employee in treatment centers, public health agencies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other medical service or nonclinical health organizations.
Learn how to foster behavioral change and empower clients to maintain optimum health and wellness throughout their life span. In this flexible online program, you learn to help people overcome obstacles to wellness by applying strategies that support the health of individuals and communities. Study approaches to stress reduction, nutrition, physical fitness, treatment of obesity and addictions, and management of chronic illnesses. Course modules also explore career opportunities and health and wellness coaching credentials.
In your core health sciences curriculum, you learn about the organization, purpose, and quality of U.S. health care and insurance provider systems, and master subjects you need to know on the job: state health care policies and federal regulations; cultural competencies for working with diverse clients and coworkers; and strategic approaches to regional health issues.
Over the course of this program, you also develop interpersonal communication and critical reasoning skills that enable you to express your thoughts and ideas in writing, prepare informative reports, and interact professionally with clients, colleagues, executives, and direct reports in health care organizations.
Health and Wellness, Management, Public Health, No Emphasis Option
Health care industry employment is projected to grow 18 percent by 2026 (Source: BLS)
BS degree holders earn, on average, 17 percent more than those with no degree (Source: BLS)
Health Sciences degree holders can be found in careers as diverse as athletic trainer, medical assistant, and nutritionist
Of the 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, students must complete 60 credits in the arts and sciences and 30 credits in health sciences. Of those credits, 27 must be earned at the upper level, 15 in the health sciences core, 9 in the emphasis, and 3 in the capstone.
The health sciences component (59 credits) provides you with a strong foundation in the health care field and offers the opportunity to choose an area of emphasis to develop knowledge in a specific area.
This course covers professional writing, speaking, and presentation skills that help you succeed in interviews for health care jobs and clearly communicate with clients, co-workers, and supervisors in health organizations. Learn how to write concise and persuasive summaries and reports; how to use best practices to inform communication with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and community members; how to manage meetings; how to design and talk through visual presentations; and how to interact with diverse groups.
Discover how cultural diversity relates to health, illness, and the health care delivery system. Learn how to create more inclusive health organizations and services that respect religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, disability, regional, and other differences.
Learn how to plan health-related research projects and use your findings in clinical evidence-based practice. Readings and weekly assignments are designed to deepen your understanding of research methodologies, informed consent, and the protection of human subjects. Gain experience designing research, working with measurement tools, conducting sampling, analyzing qualitative and quantitative information, and making data-based decisions.
In this comprehensive overview, you study the U.S. health care delivery system continuum from prevention to individualized clinical health care. Topics include the history of American health care and insurance systems and organizations; government health care costs, financing, and federal reform; safety and health care provider quality assurance; access to services; workforce issues and collaboration in the health care industry; and emerging issues and trends in public health, allied health, and nursing careers.
Elective requirements may be satisfied by prior coursework in radiology, dental hygiene, cardiovascular technology, pharmacy technology, nursing, medical laboratory technology, related arts and sciences subjects, or credit awarded for approved licenses and certifications. Visit the Credit for Health Care Credentials page to learn more.
Prepare for a career as a holistic health coach, health educator, personal fitness trainer, or wellness counselor with an emphasis in health and wellness. Learn about the impact of nutrition, exercise, natural healing, spirituality, and lifestyle on human physiology and psychology, and how certain behaviors can contribute to optimum health and well-being.
Develop leadership skills in the business of health care by choosing this emphasis in management. Online courses in this area provide instruction in administrative and managerial work. Learn how to prepare a budget, how to monitor worker safety and staffing practices, how to make ethical decisions as a health care manager, and how to approach employee relations and internal communication in health care settings.
The emphasis in public health increases your understanding of disease prevention, population health protection, and public health promotion strategies. Required courses prepare you for jobs in government health agencies, health research labs, community organizations, and nonprofit service organizations.
Create your own emphasis by exploring different health science-related subjects or applying additional credit to satisfy the requirement.
In this end-of-program capstone course of the Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences curriculum, you work individually and as part of a team to apply what you’ve learned to analyze cases in health care and propose evidence-based solutions in written reports and persuasive audio-visual presentations. During the last three weeks, you learn how to interview for jobs and prepare a career development plan for continuing your studies in a graduate program or gaining employment or advancing in health care organizations.
Identify and evaluate evidence to guide decision making.
Use a systematic approach and higher order thinking in developing strategies to address health issues and societal needs.
Integrate knowledge of culture and an appreciation of diversity in assessment of needs and delivery of health services.
Identify opportunities and challenges in the use of current and evolving information technologies for planning, implementing, and evaluating health services.
Use effective, professional communication skills to engage with various stakeholders.
Analyze legal, ethical, and policy issues within health delivery systems.
Implement specialized knowledge and skills in the management and delivery of health services.
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Ancillary Services Manager
Community Health Educator
Health Care Financial Manager
Health Program Administrator
Medical Billing Manager
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Coordinator
Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).
All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.