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Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences
A multidisciplinary approach to the study of health sciences and the allied health professions for careers in the healthcare industry.
Allied Health Sciences
Allied Health Sciences is the study of human health and the application of knowledge toward improving the health of individuals, communities, and society as it relates to the allied health professions. Allied health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders; rehabilitation and health systems management; and the application of scientific principles and evidence-based practice to optimize patient or client outcomes. The scope of allied health practice extends to the individual, the family, the community and to public education; many allied health professions specialize in the promotion of optimum function and health and the improvement of health-related quality of life. In addition, healthcare administration and health systems management are important components of allied health. Read more about the allied health professions.
The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences provides students with a multidisciplinary foundation in health sciences and the allied health professions to prepare them for future careers in the healthcare industry. Students will have the opportunity to plan an individualized pathway to specific allied health professions careers by meeting core health sciences requirements and/or associated pre-professional program prerequisites within the 124 credit hour requirements of this major.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects healthcare occupations will grow 18% overall by 2026. This figure translates into 2.4 million new jobs. The B.S. in Allied Health Sciences serves as an entry point into multiple career pathways within healthcare. Health Science majors obtain a multidisciplinary healthcare degree which facilitates knowledge and skills required for varied healthcare professions.
People who earn an Allied Health Sciences degree can go on to work in a variety of settings:
- Research laboratories
- Private offices or clinics
- Public health organizations
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Government agencies
The B.S. in Allied Health Sciences prepares students for non-clinical careers in the healthcare industry such as:
Medical and Health Service Management
Provides management and direction to the physician or health care organization including staffing, training, monitoring, evaluating and compliance. Managers assist in the identification of potential quality improvement issues and policy and procedure development.
Community Health Specialist
Community health specialists teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
Health Information Technician
Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Occupational health and safety specialists and technicians collect data on and analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. Technicians work with specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
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Postgraduate Professional Degree Programs
Because the B.S. in Allied Health Sciences allows for flexibility in degree design, the program also provides students with foundational knowledge for competitive application into postgraduate professional degree programs in healthcare. These graduate programs require a master’s or clinical doctorate and lead to careers such as:
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. A master’s degree from an accredited Genetic Counseling program is required.
Graduate programs in Public Health offer unique concentrations leading to careers centered on protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. Public Health degrees create the opportunity for graduates to enter the workforce as:
Environmental Health Scientists
Professional who deal with the human health effects of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents in the community, workplace, and/or home; Epidemiologists – professional who investigate the patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans
Community Health Specialists
Professionals who deal with the health of the local communities (preventative, medical and clinical care) to improve health and reduce health inequity.
The B.S. in Allied Health Sciences can serve as the entryway into the Movement Science major within the Department of Kinesiology, which offers a Pre-Physical Therapy and also a Pre-Occupational Therapy emphasis track. Physical Therapists help injured, or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. A clinical doctorate degree from an accredited physical therapy program is required.