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Health Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree

If you have an associate's degree and are working in an allied health field, this degree will help you move into your next position as a confident supervisor or manager, while still making a difference in patient-centered care. This degree is designed for Dental Hygienists, EMTs, Physical Therapy Assistants, Veterinary technicians and more.

Courses in major include:

  • HSTU 300 Foundations of Professional Success
    This course prepares students for success in their academic and professional careers. The foundation for learning is established for professional skill development through practical experience with the University's four essential learning outcomes - communication, problem solving, collaboration, and citizenship. Learner strengths are assessed and analytical, relational, and resilience skills are developed.
  • HSTU 304 Fundamentals of Professionalism in Healthcare
    This course explores professionalism and the role of a profession within the healthcare setting. Principles of ethics, leadership and advancement of professions within healthcare setting will be examined. Prerequisite: HTSU 300
  • HSTU 314 Leadership Principles for Healthcare Professionals
    This course explores leadership principles that influence problem-solving and decision-making including professional values and motivation. Emphasis will be placed on leadership styles, followership, and leading teams. Prerequisite: HSTU 304
  • HSTU 324 Trends and Issues in Healthcare
    This course explores trends and issues faced by health professional in the 21st Century. Prerequisite: HSTU 314
  • HSTU 415 Ethics for Healthcare Professionals
    This course focuses on analysis, synthesis and application of the medical ethics principles. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the code of ethics as it applies to a variety of healthcare roles. Prerequisite: HSTU 324
  • HSTU 425 Applied Research and Evidenced-Based Practice for Health Professionals
    This course focuses on health research and application of evidence-based practice within health care. Students will explore types of research, data collection, analysis and implementation into practice. Prerequisite: HSTU 415
  • HSTU 435 Health Information Management
    This course explores the trends, tools, and technology used in the management and communication of healthcare information Prerequisite: HSTU 425
  • HSTU 446 Risk, Quality, and Healthcare Regulations
    This course examines healthcare regulation, policy, and law as applied across a variety of healthcare settings. Prerequisite: HSTU 435
  • HSTU 456 Systems Thinking and Innovation for Healthcare Professionals
    This course explores systems thinking and innovation within a health care setting. Emphasis will be placed on complex adaptive system theory, positive deviance and entrepreneurial mindset in healthcare systems. Prerequisite: HSTU 446
  • HSTU 466 Health Studies Applied Project
    This course utilizes previous course work to develop a capstone project on a selected health studies topic. Prerequisite: HSTU 456
Kirkpatrick Signature Series Requirements:
  • LA 400 American Vision and Values
    This course focuses on the political and philosophical traditions of the American republic, especially as embedded in the ideals, values, traditions, founding documents, and institutions of the United States. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
  • LA 410 Tradition and Change
    This course focuses on the creative tensions that exist between the forces of tradition and change as the country undergoes social, cultural, and political change. It considers the manner in which change can renew the vitality of a republic. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours
  • LA 420 Freedom ad Responsibility
    This course examines civic engagement in relation to individual freedoms and responsibilities. It fosters engaged citizens, empowered to effect positive change. Prerequisite: 60 Credit Hours

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