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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public health education and health promotion in settings such as schools, hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and worksite health promotion programs. This degree exposes students to a wide range of health science careers while providing the foundational courses required for professional post-graduate work, such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more!
Health Science (Community Health):
For students planning to conduct health education and health promotion in a non-classroom setting, the curriculum includes advanced concepts in consumer health, environmental health, chemical dependency, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs. Students will complete an internship in a community health agency. This undergraduate Community Health degree consists of 39 hours in Health Science, 18 of which are advanced and a minor. View the degree plan here.
Health Science (Health EC-12):
For those planning to teach in schools, the curriculum in Health EC-12 includes, among other courses, principles and foundations of health education, first aid and safety, social/sexual health, and drug prevention education. The faculty provides students with the tools for teaching through both content and methods-and-materials courses. Students also will complete the James I. Perkins College of Education professional education requirements and a minor. The teaching field in Health Science consists of 36 hours, 18 of which must be advanced and 24 more hours of Professional Education courses. View the degree plan here.
Health Science Minor:
A minor in Health Science requires 18 hours in the Health Science area, six of which must be advanced.
Certifications and Endorsements:
Certification in standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation are provided in the Health Science program as well as the opportunity to receive a Driver Education certification endorsement.
Scholarships and Awards:
UNIVERSITY REGENTS SCHOLARSHIP, each academic department awards two academic scholarships to academically gifted undergraduates. The recipient must be an incoming freshman, a sophomore or junior who has not previously attended SFA. Emphasis will be placed on awarding these scholarships to incoming freshmen who have declared kinesiology, healthscience, or dance as a major.
Dr. Griffin founded THE ALVERA GRIFFIN HEALTH EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP in 1979. To be eligible for this scholarship the student must be a junior or senior Health Science major or minor.
THE DOROTHY ALLEN HEALTH EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP is awarded annually to a Health Science major or student selecting Health Science as a second teaching field. It was established in 1990.
Internship is one of the major strengths of the Health Science curriculum. Properly structured experiences compliment and reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory course.