Pre-health Professional Studies
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Pre-health Professional Studies degree, offered within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, combines a broad spectrum of social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and health sciences courses for students who desire a generalized, health-focused academic experience.
The concentration prepares you for graduate programs in public health, medicine, or other professional programs. Career paths include community engagement, nonprofit organizations, holistic health and wellness education.
This program consists of basic sciences and health sciences courses; classes in specific areas such as genetics, biochemistry, research methods, nutrition and more; and electives selected based on your academic/career goals. (Reviewing professional school admission requirements is mandatory prior to selecting Before selecting elective courses.) Additional information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog (see Curricular Requirements).
Due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services, occupations in health and health care are expected to increase significantly over the next decade.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects health care jobs to grow 13% between now and 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2 million new jobs.
The BLS reports that the median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations was $75,040 in May 2021. The median annual wage for physician assistants was $121,530. Wages for physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations, with a median salary equal to or greater than $208,000 per year.