This degree meets a growing demand for professionals in such areas as personal health and wellness, occupational health and safety, community health and environmental health. Career options are available in the government setting, nonprofit organizations, community health centers, wellness companies and health promotion organizations. Because of an aging population, healthcare is recognized as one of the largest and fastest-growing industries within the U.S., with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 20-28 percent job growth over the next 10 years. Over the next five years, 28 percent of all new jobs are anticipated to be in the healthcare industry.

A health science degree can also be used for those students who would like to enter a graduate program, such as public health, social work or healthcare administration. The health science program is designed to take advantage of Wilson’s strong offerings in liberal studies and sciences. A block of five course credits is used to create a concentration, satisfies requirements for a minor and allows the student to meet career or graduate study requirements.

A degree in in health science:

• Prepares students to effectively communicate within a legal, ethical and political framework to become active participants in the delivery of healthcare.

• Empowers graduates to assume a leadership role that uses critical thinking and problem-solving in planning, managing and evaluating healthcare to improve patient and community outcomes.

• Prepares students to evaluate care from an evidence-based approach that encompasses research and theory to promote improved patient outcomes through an understanding of healthcare diversity and critical inquiry.

• Assists students in creating a healthcare framework that is ethical and holistic, placing emphasis on the biological, psychological, social and spiritual elements of human development.

• Provides students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for health promotion among diverse populations and to assume a leadership role in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

• Prepares students with the knowledge and values to function within a collaborative environment that facilitates patient safety, innovation and accountability.

• Allows students the opportunity to engage in broad learning environments that foster growth and understanding of an interdisciplinary practice and the need for lifelong learning