Students majoring in Health Sciences at NVU-Johnson choose one of two concentrations: Health Sciences (B.S.): Health & Wellness Coaching concentration or Health Sciences (B.S.): Pre-Professional Health Science concentration. Students graduate with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in one of these specialties.
The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in health and wellness and the allied health fields. It trains students in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology; assessment of health status; the disease process; nutrition and fitness; and the scientific method. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options as well as graduate study (which is required for students pursuing careers as physical therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists and similar fields). In addition, with the current increases in lifestyle-related disease and the growing elderly population, graduates will be poised to take advantage of new prospects in the health field.
The B.S. in Health Sciences seeks to produce graduates who:
- Demonstrate through both speaking and writing an understanding of biological, physical and social sciences related to contemporary health issues.
- Use both qualitative and quantitative methods to appraise risk factors and health status in diverse populations, and then design safe and effective programs to target these factors in healthy and diseased populations.
- Possess in-depth understanding of the scientific method and the ability to accurately interpret and apply scientific findings related to the human body, health, and disease.
Learning outcomes specific to the Pre-Professional Health Studies Concentration
- Students will have the knowledge and skills for entry into graduate programs in nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistance, and related allied health disciplines.