Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

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Why Choose a Health Sciences Degree!


Our students are the driving force behind all Dwyer College of Health Sciences programs and who make coming to work fun for each one of our faculty.  IU South Bend's Division of Health Sciences  becomes family for each of our students.  Classmates and faculty are part of the educational process as a team. Students will get faculty's undivided expert attention. 

Community Involvement

IU South Bend, being a regional campus, has a mission to serve the needs of the community.  The Health Sciences degree program is dedicated to helping those in need in the region.  The Dwyer College of Health Sciences conducts several community outreach events throughout the year, all designed by faculty, staff, and students within each of the programs.  Students in the Health Sciences program will have the ability to reach priority populations in the community to help them achieve a healthy lifestyle through coursework and internship opportunities.

Versatility and Job Outlook

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Sciences is a versatile degree that provides students with extensive preparation for work in any field that addresses people’s health. The objective of this program is to address the needs of those students seeking a broad understanding of the science of human health and its application to their chosen career. The degree will be delivered via traditional classroom format, include internships with local health agencies, and culminate in a capstone experience. All students entering the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences will be automatically enrolled in the B.S. in Health Sciences program. Students will progress towards degree completion unless they apply and are formally admitted to one of the professional/prelicensure programs, such as Nursing, Dental Hygiene and/or Radiography/Medical Imaging.

The Health Sciences degree program concentration options are:

All concentrations will be offered as minors as well, in addition to a nutrition, Medical Interpreting and Billing & Coding minor.  The Health Promotion minor will be offered starting in fall 2015 with all others starting in fall 2016. 

Jobs for Health Educators and Community Health Workers (Health Promotion concentration) are growing faster than average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The BLS projects the employment change for health educators to be 25% in 2012-2022.  This growth is due to more organizations attempting to keep their workforce healthy through health promotion, wellness activities, and disease management. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary of health promoters in 2012 was $41, 830. The entry-level into the field is a baccalaureate in health sciences or health education.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 23% growth between the years 2012-2020 for medical and health services managers (Health Information Systems Leadership concentration), which is faster than average.  The entry-level into this field requires a baccalaureate degree.  The median pay for health services managers is $88, 580 per year.  There were 315, 500 jobs in 2012 according to the BLS. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for sports and fitness workers (Sport and Exercise Science concentration) are expected to increase as fast as average for all occupations. Fitness workers should have good opportunities because of continued job growth in health clubs, fitness facilities, and other settings in which fitness workers are concentrated. Employment of fitness workers is expected to increase 13% over the 2012–22 decade, which is as fast as average for all occupations. These workers are expected to gain jobs because an increasing number of people are spending time and money on fitness and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees. Median annual wages of fitness trainers in May 2012 were $31, 720.  The top 10% in this field earned more than $66, 530.  These figures do not include the earnings of the self-employed. Earnings of successful self-employed personal trainers can be much higher.

This is the beauty of the four year health sciences degree -- versatility.

For more information on pursuing this degree program contact the Office of Student Services in the Dwyer College of Health Sciences at 574-520-4571. 

Quality skilled health professionals. The Power of the IU Degree.