Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program
Launch your health career with the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). This multidisciplinary program sets you up for a successful career in health education and health promotion, public and community health, disease prevention, rehabilitation, or health care delivery. Gain valuable knowledge and job skills applicable to a variety of health settings, including clinical and community-based environments. This degree program focuses on the foundations of public and community health and offers two specialized tracks:
- The health educator track provides training in public health, health education, and community health promotion for students seeking careers promoting health in a variety of school, community, workplace, and medical care settings. You will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of health programs to protect and promote the health of diverse communities. A senior practicum provides you the opportunity to apply your learning and gain valuable experience in the field.
- The pre-professional track provides training in public health and health education, with additional courses to prepare students for clinical training and graduate programs including occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, pre-med, and physician assistant studies. Students interested in Occupational Therapy and/or Speech Language Pathology are not required to pursue the pre-professional track.
Alumni have built successful careers with the State of Alaska's Division of Environmental Health, First Alaskans Institute, the Municipality of Anchorage, Southcentral Foundation, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, and a variety of community-based nonprofits. Alumni have careers such as:
- community health educators
- medical and physician assistants
- public health specialists
- speech-language pathologists
- physical and occupational therapists
- employee wellness coordinators
- health promotion analysts and specialists
- health policy and advocacy
Why choose Health Sciences at UAA?
After graduation, students in the health education track are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist national exam.
Health care employment in Alaska is expected to grow as much as 21% by 2026, according to Economic Trends.
Learn from highly-skilled faculty. Their specialties include public health education, gerontology, maternal and child wellness, disability studies, adolescent health, and more.
Participate in service-learning projects while earning course credit. Many of UAA’s health science classes incorporate activities that facilitate engagement with community partners.
The UAA Catalog is the official source of all degree and certificate programs at the university. Catalog entries for each program include details such as learning outcomes, application timeline and requirements, course sequencing, and program requirements.
On behalf of the other health sciences faculty, I want to express how excited we all are in your interest in health sciences. We teach because we are passionate about education, public health, and growing the Alaska health workforce. You will see this enthusiasm translates to the classroom. We encourage you to take one of our introductory courses to find out if the degree is right for you. If you do choose to major in a different field, our health sciences program still offers a minor in public health and a variety of thought-provoking courses (with easy to satisfy prerequisites) that might be helpful to your chosen degree or that you may just want to take because you are interested in the topic. Whatever your interest in health sciences, we are here and happy to help.
— Kristin Stoepler
UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
1901 Bragaw St, Suite 220
Anchorage, Alaska, 99508
UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
3211 Providence Dr., BOC3-220
Anchorage, Alaska, 99508-4614