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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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 health and offers two specialized tracks. 

"There is no human endeavor that is outside the realm of public health," William Foege, MD, MPH, Director, CDC, 1977-1983."

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Select a Track 

  • 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 Speech Lanaguage Pathology are encouraged to select the health educator track and pursue the SLP minor. 

Degree Flexibility

The BSHS program improves and expands course offerings each year to meet the needs of students and employers. Many health sciences courses are now offered through multiple delivery formats, including on campus courses, online classes, and hybrid offerings (online/in-person). The majority of core courses are offered online at least once per academic year providing flexibility for those located outside of Anchorage or working while attending college.  

What can you do with a health sciences degree from UAA?

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. There are a wide variety of career opportunities available with a health sciences degrees. Students pursuing the health educator track are encouraged to explore the career settings outline by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Alumni have careers such as:

  • Community health educators
  • Medical and physician assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Public health specialists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Employee wellness coordinators
  • Health promotion analysts and specialists
  • Health policy and advocacy

Health sciences graduate programs and certification

The health sciences degree program can prepare students for a variety of clinical training, graduate programs and national certifications. 

Health Science students completing the health educator track are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national exam and have met prerequisites for most public health graduate programs. Health science students pursuing the pre-professional track complete common prerequisites to pursue more clinical focused graduate programs including: 

  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Clinical Health Services


The Health Sciences pre-professional track is a great option for students seeking to attend one the UAA partnership graduate programs including: