SHU Offers New BS in Health Science

News Story: September 1, 2010

Sacred Heart University’s College of Education and Health Professions has expanded its academic offerings to include a new Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. The degree offers two distinct options, the pre-professional track and the leadership track, to meet the needs of both the students entering the health care arena and those currently wishing to advance into management and leadership positions. According to Dr. Patricia W. Walker, dean of the College, “Current health care trends, the aging population, and advances in medical technology, combined with new legislative mandates, are creating more employment opportunities within the health care environment. The National Bureau of Labor Statistic projects 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations as health-care related.”

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree is designed to meet this growing demand for health care professionals. It is intended to support students aspiring to seek professional careers in the industry. Career opportunities vary from occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical, dental, pharmacology, speech-language pathology and many more allied health-related fields.

Students in the pre-professional track will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor, who will guide them in selecting courses appropriate for their specific individual graduate study needs. Students will not only be prepared for careers within allied health but will be provided an in-depth overview of critical issues related to the health care environment. They will become familiar with a variety of clinical and administrative practices, policies and procedures. Students will complete their degree with the foundational courses for graduate school and a keen understanding of the health care manager’s role in administration of healthcare facilities.

The leadership track serves part-time and adult students who hold associate’s degrees within an allied health-related field. The curriculum provides insights into management and leadership issues related to the health care environment. The program is ideal for students who desire to become leaders and managers within health care organizations. The curriculum will provide insight into administrative practices including supervision, strategic planning, change management, policy and fiscal responsibility. Health care ethics, patient rights and safety, and regulatory compliance will be addressed within the curriculum.

All students will have a culminating research project designed to enhance their knowledge and skills in the role of research and its relation to health care delivery. Students will select a topic of their choice as it relates to the health science curriculum.

For further information, contact the College of Education and Health Professions at 203-371-7800.