Health Sciences B.S. (Population Health)

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The B.S. in Health Sciences with a Population Health concentration will prepare you to make a difference in communities by addressing healthcare disparities and inequities as a means to achieving better outcomes for all. Opportunities for population health specialists include community health program coordinators, medical sales representatives, behavior support technicians, home health aides, and medical research coordinators.

The program addresses concepts inherent in public health, including social determinants of health, access to care, disease prevention, and effective strategies for identifying resources to promote healthy lifestyles. It combines foundational science courses, including life and behavioral sciences, with a health sciences core primarily from psychology and health services administration. The curriculum includes two internships, one of which can optionally be replaced with a research project based on student interests. Further health electives can be tailored to the professional aspirations of each individual student in consultation with the faculty advisor and the success coach, maximizing your preparation for and success in entering the job market. 

The RMU School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies is well-positioned to meet the needs of the region’s growing healthcare industry. The university provides a broad array of professional pathways in both clinical and non-clinical areas, management and leadership, pre-medical and allied health fields, and community health.

Health Sciences B.S. Concentrations: GeneralPre-professional Allied Health | Population Health

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall - 16 credits

Freshman Year, Spring - 16 credits

  • PHYS1010 Physics for Allied Health
  • PHYS1015 Physics for Allied Health Lab
  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking  
  • History or Political Science 
  • HLSC XXXX Healthcare Concepts & Med Terminology 
  • HSAM1275 Intro to Health Services Admin 

Sophomore Year, Fall - 16 credits

Sophomore Year, Spring - 15 credits

  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • CSCM2050 Intercultural Communications  
  • PSYC3550 Human Growth and Development
  • Literature
  • Open Elective

Junior Year, Fall - 15 credits

  • STAT1010 Statistics 
  • HSAM3300 Into to Quality Mgmt & Performance Improvement
  • HSAM3600 Fundamentals of Health Policy
  • PSYC3600 Social Psychology
  • NURS2030 Role of the Health Coach

Junior Year, Spring - 15 credits

  • INFS3440 Health Care Information System
  • HSAM2400 Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • PSYC3700 Abnormal Psychology  
  • Open Elective
  • Restricted Elective

Senior Year, Fall - 15 credits

  • HSAM4250 Research for Health Professionals or PSYC3100 Methods in Behavioral Research
  • NURS4036 Genetics and Genomics 
  • PSYC3880 Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Restricted Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Spring - 12 credits

  • HLSC XXXX Healthcare Trends and Issues
  • HLSC XXXX Health Science Internship I
  • HLSC XXXX Thesis or HLSC XXXX Internship II
  • Restricted Elective

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Healthcare Trends & Issues
Fundamentals of Human Biology
Social Psychology
Major Credits
67
67 Sciences, Psychology, Health Services Administration
Core Credits
41
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
12

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More than ever before, today’s complex healthcare environment needs skilled clinicians,  expert communicators, and good people. Our students are about more than a major.

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