Healthcare Studies, B.S. - General

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Core Requirements (25 Credits)
HLS 100 – Introduction to Healthcare Professions
HLS 180 – Introduction to Research and Writing in Healthcare
HLS 210 – Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
HLS 220 – Healthcare Communication
HLS 310 – Electronic Health Information
HLS 315 – Healthcare Systems & Policy
HLS 330 – Case Studies in Healthcare Ethics or PHI 325 - Bio-Medical Ethics
HLS 410 – Medical Insurance and Billing

Select one from:
HLS 260 – Medical Terminology of Body Systems and Diseases  OR
PCH 265 – Illness and Disease  and  HLS 101 – Essentials of Medical Terminology

General Concentration ( 20 Credits)
HLS 440 – Research Methods for Evidence-Based Healthcare

Health Equity and Populations (select two):
HLS 150 – Introduction to Aging Studies
HLS 350 – Interventions and Support in Dementia Care
HLS 370 – Perspectives in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Practices
HLS 380 – Cultural Humility for the Healthcare Professional
PCH 320 – Health Disparities and Social Justice
REC 307 – Disabilities in Society

Statistical Reasoning (select one):
MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics (T1QR)
HLS 240 – Statistics for Health and Clinical Sciences

Experiential (select one):
HLS 490 – Career Skills for the Health Professional
HLS 497 – Internship in Healthcare Studies

Select two  HLS courses 


Behavioral Science Cognates:
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology (T2MB)
PSY 219 –  Lifespan Development

Life Science Cognate (select one):
BIO 100 – General Zoology (T2LE)
BIO 200 – Human Anatomy and Physiology (T2LE)

Cognate Electives (select two):
ACC 200– Principles of Financial Accounting
BIO 201 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 292 – Biology of Aging
CSC 200– Information Management and Productivity Software
CMS 101– Public Speaking
CMS 145– Visual Communication
ECO 100– Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 101– Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 320– Health Economics
ENG 352– Medical and Health Writing
FIN 300– Corporate Finance
HSC 450– Medical Documentation
JRN 331– Public Relations Techniques for Health and Medicine
MGT 300– Management and Organization
MGT 385– Human Resource Management
MUT 100– Introduction to Music Therapy
PCH 202– Introduction to Public Health
REC 231– Foundations of Theraputic Recreation
REC 303– Functional Interventions of Optimal Aging
SOC 345– Aging and Aged
SPA 201– Medical Spanish
SWK 200– Introduction to Social Work
Any PSY course


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.