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Bachelor of Science Degrees in Health Science

Majoring in health science starts with an introduction to the principles of public health. With each class, you’ll dive into specifics pertaining to your personal interests while keeping a strong focus on the promotion of a healthy population. Some of our students see themselves in developing nations, educating populations about disease prevention and sanitation. Others envision a more administrative role in a traditional hospital setting or volunteer health agency, while many plan to go into medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy. Regardless of your concentration area, we will provide the tools and training that will allow you to succeed in one of the largest industries in the nation. It’s a big claim, but it’s one backed up by Clemson graduates and professors working across the globe in every imaginable health-focused area.

The coursework required for the bachelor's degree in health science will prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the health field, one of the largest industries in the United States. The curriculum consists of a group of core courses and four concentration emphasis areas. The department designed the concentrations so that students gain in-depth knowledge in a chosen area of public health, and include the following:

Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership (CVT) concentration

The CVT concentration provides students with a required core of public health science and leadership courses on-campus and includes clinical training in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging at the Institute of Vascular Health (IVH), Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. The goal of this concentration is to address the growing need for highly trained graduates for leadership roles in cardiovascular imaging with public health and administration backgrounds. The concentration will produce graduates who can demonstrate the capacity to function as statewide and national leaders in the rapidly growing health care field, which is characterized by diversity, technological advances and rapid change.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 125 to 128 credit hours of coursework, including eight courses in cardiovascular imaging technology. These courses are taught by highly trained faculty with expertise in the areas of cardiovascular sonography and leadership. Graduates of this concentration will be prepared to sit for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers exams and enter the work field as an entry-level cardiovascular sonographer.

Health Services Administration (HSA) concentration

This concentration will provide students the skills and competencies in health administration and management for entry-level careers or graduate study in health services administration or a related field. The department developed this concentration in response to emerging trends and changes in health administration and the increasing desire of students to work in the field of health administration. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than the average of all occupations as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120 to 121 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to the HSA concentration. A minor in business administration is a required component of this concentration. Read More

Health Promotion and Behavior concentration

This concentration will provide students with the skills and competencies necessary to assess health problems and develop, implement and evaluate health promotion and behavior programs. The health education and promotion field has established standards for approval and accreditation of professional preparation programs. The occupation of "health educator" has been included in the revisions to the public health occupation categories within the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system by the Departments of Labor and Commerce. Professionals in this occupation "design, organize, implement, communicate and provide advice on and evaluate the effects of educational programs and strategies designed to support and modify health related behaviors of individuals, families, organizations and communities." Courses within this concentration area allow students to qualify for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120 to 122 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to the concentration. Read More

Pre-Professional Studies in Health (PPHS) concentration

This concentration is designed for students who plan to seek entrance in graduate or professional programs including medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry and other clinical programs. This concentration will meet the undergraduate admission requirements for advanced training in clinical graduate programs.

Students accepted into this concentration will take 120 to 123 credit hours of coursework, including courses specific to graduate program admittance in advanced clinical programs. Read More

Language and International Health (L&IH) Joint Program

The Department of Languages in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public Health Sciences offers a joint Bachelor of Science in languages and international health. Students in this degree program will acquire knowledge in public health theory and practice, including the history and philosophy of public health and medicine; the organization, management and financing of health services; the social and behavioral aspects of health and epidemiology, health evaluation methods and health communications. Students will also acquire communicative competence in the target language and its culture, literature, health environments and multicultural issues. This program requires the completion of one semester of study abroad. Read More

This degree program is located in the Department of Languages located at 713 Strode Tower. For more information contact Dr. Yanhua Zhang at yhzhang@clemson.edu, director and associate professor in the Department of Languages - (864) 656-3493.

Undergraduate Public Health Certificate

The Department of Public Health Sciences is offering a nine credit undergraduate-level certificate for all students enrolled at Clemson University. The goal of this certificate is to provide basic educational training in core public health concepts and applications for students who intend to apply to graduate programs in public health or desire introductory coursework in public health as preparation for professional schools. The undergraduate-level public health certificate is made up of three certificate HLTH courses (nine hours). Read More

Accelerated B.S. to M.S. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation

Highly qualified undergraduate students who are interested in an advanced degree in Applied Health Research and Evaluation may begin earning their master’s degree while simultaneously completing their bachelor’s degree in Health Science.  Students who have completed 90 credit hours with a minimum 3.4 GPA are eligible to apply for the combined program. Read More