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Bachelor of Science
Public Health (B.S.): Health Science
Health science is the application of science to health, including the study of medicine, nutrition, and other health-related topics.
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What is Public Health?
Public health focuses on community health intervention and prevention. Public health professionals learn about and prioritize significant health issues in a community and create interventions to improve health outcomes. Professionals work in various settings such as governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, work-site wellness programs, schools, etc. The average salary for public health professionals in the U.S. is $72,000.

This emphasis is for those students pursuing a degree in public health working in patient care. It will prepare students for entry-level clinical positions and professional careers as physicians, dentists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, audiologists, and optometrists. Students interested in this emphasis should meet with academic advising to discuss a specific process and detailed schedule of classes.

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Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Health Science with an emphasis in health science have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Physician's Assistant
A physician assistant or physician associate is a mid-level healthcare provider. In North America, PAs may diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and serve as principal healthcare providers. PAs are required in many states to have a direct agreement with a physician.
Physical Therapist
Physical therapists help injured, or ill people improve movement and manage pain. They are often essential to preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.
A chiropractor is trained to ensure your body functions optimally by using spinal manipulations to relieve joint and muscle pain. These spinal adjustments will increase blood flow and nerve conductivity to the joints and muscles experiencing pain.

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