Health Sciences B.S.

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    Health Sciences B.S.

    Launch your health career with the Bachelor of Science in health sciences. 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.

Explore the health sciences bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s multidisciplinary bachelor’s in health sciences degree program focuses on the foundations of public health and offers two specialized tracks to choose from. 

  • The pre-professional track provides training in public health and health education for students seeking careers promoting health in a variety of school, community, workplace and medical care settings.
  • 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, physician assistant studies, and speech language pathology.

Health sciences scholarships and financial aid
Get help paying for college with departmental tuition waivers, private funding opportunities and university-wide scholarships. Learn more from the UAA Office of Financial Aid.

National certification
After graduation, students in the health education track are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist national exam.

Community health services
Gain valuable knowledge and job skills applicable to a variety of health settings, including clinical and community-based environments. As a health sciences major, you will learn to plan, implement and evaluate a wide variety of health programs to protect and promote the health of diverse communities.

Health sciences degree program options
UAA Health Sciences improves and expands its course offerings each year to meet the needs of students and employers. Many health sciences courses are now offered through multiple delivery formats, including online classes, distance delivery and hybrid offerings (online/in-person.)

Health sciences advising
College of Health academic advisors and program faculty advisors work together to develop an academic plan tailored to meet your needs and fulfill degree program requirements.

Honors in health sciences
Graduate with departmental honors by earning a 3.50 GPA in upper-division classes and completing the senior seminar course and a senior project or thesis with a grade of B or higher.

Health Sciences B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Tracks: Health education track or pre-professional track (with concentrations in physician assistant studies, pharmacy, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy)

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Minor in public health

Did you know..

Interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant? The Health Sciences B.S. prepares you to apply for the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant training program — a partnership between UAA and the University of Washington School of Medicine that allows you to earn your Master of Clinical Health Sciences in Anchorage.

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

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Bachelor of Science in health sciences degree program positions you for employment in Alaska’s fast-growing health care market or serves as your entry-point to graduate and professional health programs.

Health sciences degree jobs
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
  • 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
With a bachelor’s degree in health sciences, you'll be prepared for a variety of clinical training and 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

By the numbers..

21%
Estimated growth of health care employment in Alaska by 2026
Alaska Economic Trends, October 2018

Health sciences bachelor’s degree program highlights

Health sciences faculty provide you with a variety of academic and career opportunities.

  • Learn from highly-skilled faculty. Their specialties include maternal and child wellness, mental and behavioral health, disability studies, adolescent health, housing and homelessness, and alcohol and substance abuse, among others.
  • Participate in service-learning projects while earning course credit. Many of UAA’s health science classes incorporate activities that facilitate engagement with community partners. For example, UAA health sciences majors provided a free evaluation consultation to the RuralCAP Parents as Teachers program.
  • Apply classroom learning to a practicum that fits your goals and interests. Develop valuable knowledge, skills and experiences to help you build a career in the health sciences. Students are sometimes offered a full-time job from practicum placement.
  • Get involved with applied or solutions-based undergraduate research. You will have unique opportunities to lead independent undergraduate research projects or join faculty-led research teams in the applied social and behavioral sciences.

Amazing stories from health sciences majors

I received a Student Fulbright Award for a research project on cultural identity, and I published a paper on my work. I can see that cultural identity and activities can be a protective factor for Alaska Native people of all ages. I also recognize the importance of doing those activities to heal from historical trauma and to move away from lateral violence. My health sciences degree from UAA provided me with valuable, applicable real-life experiences through grant writing, researching topics, creating a portfolio or presentation and learning about the model of change.

Crystalyn Lemieux
B.S. Health Sciences ’15
Students studying

The UAA Department of Health Sciences hosts Public Square, an online venue for sharing faculty, student and guest speaker podcasts, presentations and posters on topics and issues related to public health and health sciences.

UAA Public Square
Anchorage Skyline in winter as seen from across the inlet

Researchers with UAA's Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies research community health issues in Alaska including the effects of alcohol and drug addiction, homelessness and climate change.

Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies
An advisor meets with a student

The annual Grand Round event is an interactive education experience for students that involves case studies and group discussions on topics and issues such as diabetes, opioid use disorders and developmental disabilities.

Grand Rounds

Health sciences bachelor’s degree program curriculum

Which health sciences program track option is right for you?

  • The health educator track provides a strong foundation for careers or graduate school programs in health education, public health and community health promotion. You’ll gain an education and training in population- and community-based health through classroom and practicum experiences. Successful completion of the degree program qualifies you to take the Certified Health Educator Specialist exam.
  • The pre-professional track helps you qualify for and apply to graduate school in a professional degree program. The five concentrations are physician assistant, pharmacy, speech-language pathology, physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Top classes for health sciences majors

  • Learn experientially in community-engaged or service-learning environments in Program Evaluation and Public Health for an Aging Society
  • Experience hands-on professional development opportunities with community-based organizations in Health Sciences Practicum.
  • Work with a team to create policy solutions for problems identified throughout your coursework in Senior Seminar in Health Policy.