Health Sciences (B.S.)



By offering a strong foundation of natural science courses combined with human sciences, psychology and unique clinical experiences, the Bachelor of Science in Health Science prepares graduates for entry into professional and graduate schools in a variety of allied health fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

A health sciences graduate will:

  •  Demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate scientific and medical resources from library databases searches.
  •  Identify key anatomic structures, define their function and discuss their relationship to disease.
  •  Identify principles of normal psychological development and identify deviations from normal.
  •  Describe normal physical and mental development from birth to death.
  •  Identify and explain the role that disease can exert on a person’s physical and mental function.
  •  Work productively and professionally with others in groups.
  •  Work effectively with others to debate an ethical dilemma.
  •  Apply principles of respect to patients that they encounter in a clinical environment.
  •  Be accepted to and enrolled in graduate programs or work in a health care field.

Program Description

The health care job market is one of the fastest growing segments of the economy today in the United States. The need for additional health care providers and allied health personnel is rapidly expanding. Graduates from the B.S. in Health Sciences will have the necessary preparation in science, psychology and the liberal arts to successfully gain admission into and complete a graduate program for many allied health professions. They will also gain the skills in information literacy needed to answer relevant professional questions through database searching and critical analysis of original research, as well as become proficient in written, verbal and electronic communication.

The curriculum includes a strong foundation of natural science courses combined with human sciences, psychology and unique practical and clinical experiences. Each student is required to complete an extensive volunteer and shadowing experience as part of their coursework. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of health care opportunities by shadowing and gaining patient contact at a variety of area hospitals and clinics. The free electives that are built into the curriculum allow students to explore an area of specialization or sample a variety of different courses that are offered at the University. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad or participate in medical mission trips.

Philadelphia University provides exceptional facilities for the health sciences program. In addition to the fully-equipped genetics, microbiology and histology labs, there is a physical diagnosis lab and gross anatomy (cadaver dissection) lab which students will have the opportunity to explore. The small class size fosters peer interaction and a close-knit community of students and faculty.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences will be prepared to enter into professional and graduate schools in a variety of allied health fields. Students can pursue a career or graduate study in diverse disciplines such as physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, physical therapy, exercise science, community health, social work, community counseling, education, research, rehabilitation, crisis intervention, health care administration, public health and human resource management. The opportunities are boundless.

This program is offered as either a stand-alone B.S. degree or in combination with one of three graduate programs: M.S. in Occupational Therapy, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, or M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling.