About the Program - Bachelor of Science in Health
Communities need increasing numbers of public health educators, health promotion specialists, and allied health professionals with a B.S. degree. Current healthcare reforms have increased this demand, and the need is exacerbated as a generation of health professionals retire.
The mission of the Health undergraduate program is to develop a community of scholars and professionals through teaching, mentoring, research, and service. To accomplish this mission, we will impact communities using innovative approaches that eliminate health disparities and promote health locally, nationally, and globally.
Equity: Reducing health disparities by educating our students to promote health equity in their work and by supporting our faculty to conduct meaningful, culturally-informed, and community-centered research to eliminate the morbidity and mortality gaps experienced by underserved and marginalized groups.
Integrity: Contributing to the ongoing scholarly conversations in health sciences through ethical practice and research that meets the highest standards of rigor in methodology and interpretation of results.
Community Connection: Establishing and maintaining partnerships with our academic and community stakeholders in such a way that we are compassionate and understanding of community needs while maintaining excellence in our work.
Personal and Programmatic Growth: Maintaining and continuing to develop at the individual and program levels as ethical, nurturing, and respectful of those who serve and pass through our program.
Is this program for me?
The UH Bachelor of Science in Health prepares students to meet these needs by offering four degree tracks: public health; health promotion; health promotion for allied health professionals; and the new 4+1 BS in Health with a Specialization in Public Health and Master’s in Public Health.
1. Public Health
UH is one of just a few U.S. universities offering a BS degree in Health with a Public Health Track. This degree option provides courses required for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community non-profit organizations and health care facilities. The Public Health Core, combined with a Health Promotion Specialization and Health Electives offers numerous strong opportunities to Public Health majors for employment. It provides key concepts and competencies nationally deemed necessary in undergraduate public health coursework by national organizations such as the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research and the American Public Health Association. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification. It also serves as a feeder-program for graduate study in our College of Education programs, local Schools of Public Health, and health professional schools in the Texas Medical Center and statewide.
2. Health Promotion
The Health Promotion Track consists of core Health Promotion Courses and Advanced Health Electives designed to provide the student with the flexibility to develop areas of individual competencies desirable for future employment. Socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological, and biological factors contributing to wellness and disease are emphasized. It is an ideal major for students interested in public/community health practice, health behavior research, program planning and delivery, and pre-professional or graduate preparation. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification.
3. Health Promotion for Allied Health Professionals
This Track consists of Health Promotion Core, Health Electives, and Approved Electives. Students who have completed a two-year Associate degree program in an allied health field (e.g., dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, health information technology, speech-language pathology assistant, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, pharmacy technician, radiologic technology, physical therapy) may transfer in University core course requirements and advisor-approved courses from their Allied Health Field. This curriculum provides a program that coordinates well with previous backgrounds and training and allows students to progress to a Bachelor’s Degree. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification.
4. 4+1 B.S. in Health with a Specializaton in Public Health and Master's in Public Health
The 4+1 BS/MPH provides students with public health expertise and experience as well as specialized coursework that streamlines the way for students to enter a Masters in Public Health program. This program is a partnership with the University of Texas School of Public Health. Eligible students can earn a Bachelors of Science in Health and a Masters in Public Health in as little as five years. Learn more . . .
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following are the most current sample degree plans for Health majors:
Please see a Health Undergraduate Advisor for more information.
Students in the Health program typically pursue the following career settings:
- Community and Public Health Agencies – coalition building, needs assessments, grant writing, media advocacy, budgeting, and health promotion.
- Healthcare settings – provide patient education, develop and conduct health and wellness programs, and develop health outreach services in the community.
- Worksite Health Promotion – employee wellness programs, health screenings, health resource person, annual health fairs.
- Schools, Colleges and Universities – health educator for wellness programs and recreational activities.
- Voluntary Health Agencies - plan, implement, and evaluate components of the agency’s programs. Train volunteers, fundraise, and educate the community.
In addition to these careers, students are well-prepared for graduate studies - in education, schools of public health and allied health professional schools in the Texas Medical Center and statewide. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification. CHES competencies are generic to the practice of health promotion and health education, whether it takes place in schools, colleges, workplaces, health care settings, or other settings within a community.
To apply for this major, make an appointment with the Health Undergraduate Advisor.