Bachelor of Health science

HEALTH SCIENCE

The Health Science major is the first step toward a career in the rewarding field of healthcare. Students learn to think critically about various individual and public health issues and gain knowledge in the health care system, human disease and disability, leadership, and patient communication. Graduates go on to earn professional or graduate degrees in programs such as medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, nursing, and health administration.

Educating the Next Generation of Health Professionals

Program overview

The Health Science major is limited access program catering exclusively to students pursuing careers in the health professions. Students in their sophomore year apply to the program and, if accepted, enroll in a specialized curriculum while continuing to complete their prerequisite coursework for graduate or professional programs. Our coursework is designed to expand the student’s healthcare knowledge, better understand human disease and disability, improve leadership and communication skills, and help the student think critically about various individual and public health issues. We firmly believe that the most effective healthcare professionals not only treat a patient’s aliment or condition, but also develop a sincere concern for the patient as a person. As such, our program’s ultimate mission is to emphasize patient-centered care with the aim of helping you better understand healthcare from both the patient and professional points of view. Students who graduate our program complete coursework to help them:

  • Learn the basic tenets of the US healthcare system,
  • Better understand the lived experience of someone diagnosed with a disease and/or living with a disability,
  • Understanding the societal and environmental factors that impact health,
  • Communicate with patients to develop rapport and trust,
  • Understand the biological underpinnings of various diseases and conditions,
  • Mature as a healthcare leader, and
  • Be able to critically evaluate and analyze information to make informed, ethical healthcare decisions.

In addition, we recognize that students entering the health professions are incredibly busy outside the classroom. Whether working, volunteering, shadowing, or in the research lab, the demands placed upon students are significant. To accommodate the demands of today’s student, each core class has multiple sections to choose from so that students can design a class schedule that works within their extracurricular demands. Moreover, the multiple sections allow the program to keep a low faculty-to-student ratio. In fact, all core course sections enroll under 50 students, which allows students more direct contact with the professor and allows courses to be more interactive.


Core Coursework

The Health Science curriculum consists of 32 credits of core coursework spread over the student’s junior and senior years. These courses are designed to foster a basic understanding of the ancillary skills needed to become an outstanding health professional.

College Electives

Each student is required to complete 9 credits of College Approved Electives (CAE). Students have a variety of options including public health and social science courses, as well as science-based courses in kinesiology, neuroanatomy and musculoskeletal anatomy.

Course Syllabi

Our undergraduate faculty offer dynamic coursework to ensure students gain an in-depth understanding of material and apply this knowledge to case scenarios. Courses span across a variety of disciplines within the health, public health, and rehabilitation sciences.

a Message from the program director

Dr. Mike Moorhouse

Thank you for your interest in the University of Florida's Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) program! We are pleased to offer an exceptional undergraduate experience through our commitment to your academic achievement, personal growth, and professional development. Our program caters exclusively to students pursuing careers in medicine or rehabilitation. So whether your ultimate goal is to become a doctor, physician assistant, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or any allied health professional, the BHS program prepares you for the next step in your academic journey.

Mike Moorhouse

Choose the pathway that is right for you

Pre-Professional

Integrates required pre-health courses for students pursuing degrees in fields such as medicine or physician assistant, with requirements for the health science major.

Pre-Professional

Pre-Physical Therapy

Offers a suggested prerequisite course sequence for students interested in pursuing physical therapy education at the graduate/professional level.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Provides students core health science content that will strongly support their application to professional occupational therapy degree programs.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Accelerated

Combination degree program that allows students to take first-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program courses during their junior and senior years.

Occupational Therapy Accelerated

Public Health Combination

Combination degree program that accepts BHS seniors into the Master of Public Health program where they earn 15 credits toward their MPH degree.

Public Health Combination

Meet some of our students

Farwah Zaidi

Hi everyone! My name is Farwah Zaidi and I am from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am a third-year student double majoring in Health Science and…

Farwah Zaidi

Mark Coates

Hi everyone! My name is Mark Coates and I am a fourth-year Health Science major on the Pre-Physical Therapy track. I am from the small town of…

Mark Coates

Maddie Stromak

Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Stromak, and I am a junior in the Bachelor of Health Science program on the pre-dental track minoring in Spanish. I…

Maddie Stromak

Applying to the Program