Health Sciences, B.S.

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Discover your career niche in our well-rounded health sciences program.

Health science careers are so diverse that it’s hard to know where you fit in. Oakland University’s interdisciplinary health sciences major lets you explore the full range of options, while completing prerequisite coursework for graduate school or professional health sciences degrees. You’ll cultivate well-rounded expertise that supports almost any health sciences career pathway, while choosing an academic track in pre-med, pre-pharmacy, nutrition, community engagement, or holistic health. Our health sciences degree enables you to get deeply involved in research, work in clinical settings, and acquire hands-on experience that’s rarely available to undergraduate health science majors. Whether you advance to a graduate program or directly into the workforce, our health sciences degree sets you up to succeed.

Health Science Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Our health sciences degree combines the resources of a major research university with the intimacy of a much smaller school. You’ll attend small classes and get one-on-one guidance from faculty, earning an intensive, personalized health sciences degree that promotes your success.

In Oakland University’s health sciences degree program, you can:

  • Explore all your options. You’ll build an academic foundation that’s both rigorous and flexible, enabling you adapt the health sciences degree to fit your needs. Our program promotes a broad perspective and versatile skills, which are essential in health science careers that routinely involve collaboration among multiple specialists.
  • Get strong faculty guidance. Most courses in the health sciences degree are taught by senior faculty, not adjuncts or graduate students. Your professors will know you by name, understand your interests and strengths, and connect you with opportunities and resources that help you achieve your goals.
  • Succeed at the next level. The health sciences degree equips you with marketable skills that are in high demand throughout the health care industry. In addition, graduates of the health sciences program are regularly admitted to post-graduate programs in public health, accelerated nursing, physician assistant, medicine, pharmacy, and related disciplines.
  • Make an impact. Health science majors can build leadership skills via ECLIPSE, short for Explorations in Collaborative Leadership and InterProfessional Education. One of the nation’s few student leadership programs specifically designed for health science majors, ECLIPSE emphasizes communication and collaboration. You’ll work with fellow health science students on campus and in the community, developing a portfolio of achievements that sets you apart in the job market and grad school applicant pool.

Health Science Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects health care jobs to grow by more than 15 percent between now and 2030. Our health sciences degree can serve as a first step toward almost any health science career, including professions that require graduate degrees or professional training.

Graduates of our health sciences degree work in a wide variety of health care professions, including:

  • Patient educator
  • Community health organizer
  • Health care facility coordinator
  • Health care communications
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Health educator
  • Public health researcher

Health Science Degree: What You’ll Study

Our health science degree stands out for its interdisciplinary approach. In addition to a comprehensive STEM core, the program includes required courses in the liberal arts and social sciences. You’ll develop exceptionally well-rounded skills that include superior writing, critical thinking, and communication.

You can focus the health sciences major by choosing one of four tracks:

  • Holistic health
  • Nutrition and health
  • Pre-health professional
  • Pre-pharmacy

No matter which academic track you choose, you’ll complete foundational courses in:

  • Biology
  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Personal and occupational health
  • Community and public health
  • Health care law and values
  • Psychology