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Public Health Sciences

Health Science, B.S.

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Kristin Goodenow

Kristin Goodenow
Public Health Sciences Academic Advisor
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
309 Edwards Hall
(864) 656-5123

Academic Advising

Change Of Major

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:

  • Health Services Administration

    The health services administration concentration allows students to develop skills and competencies in health administration/management for entry-level careers or graduate study in this area. 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.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.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations as the health services industry continues to expand and diversify. The curriculum includes core courses for students in health sciences, as well as courses specific to the health services administration concentration. A minor in business administration is a required component of the concentration. ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED!


  • Health Promotion and Behavior

    The health promotion and behavior concentration area prepares graduates to assess health problems and develop, implement and evaluate health promotion and behavior programs that address those problems. The health education profession 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 system by the Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce. Professionals in this occupation “design, organize, implement, communicate, provides advice on and evaluate the effect 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 a student to qualify for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam. ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED!


  • Pre-Professional Studies in Health

    The pre-professional studies in health concentration is designed for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school in one of the health concentrations.

    Total Course Requirements for the Pre-Professional Studies in Health concentration: 120 to 123 credit hours.

    See bachelor's degree requirements in the Clemson University Undergraduate Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.


  • Language & International Health

    The Bachelor of Science program in Language and International Health is jointly administered by the Department of Languages and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. This program pairs a modern language concentration (Chinese, French, or Spanish) with coursework in public health theory and practice. The language component emphasizes linguistic and cultural proficiency in the target language by studying specific peoples, cultures, literatures, technical language, health environments, and multicultural issues. The public health component includes the history and philosophy of public health and medicine; the organization, management, and financing of health services; the social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, health evaluation methods, and health communications. Students also choose an emphasis area in either Health Administration or Community Development.

    Graduates will be qualified to assume positions in a variety of settings, including integrated hospital systems, consulting firms, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, as well as multicultural community centers. They can also pursue graduate degrees in community health, epidemiology/biostatistics, health administration, health systems, and research.

    Study abroad of at least one semester in the target language setting is mandatory. Students in the Language and International Health program must complete an internship of at least 135 contact hours in a health-care setting, also in the target language. Internships are subject to approval by the Language and International Health Director.

    Students who have completed fewer than 50 credit hours may change majors into Language and International Health with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. Students with 50 or more credit hours may apply for a change of major into Language and International Health, based on space availability, with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75.

    This degree program is located in the Department of Languages located at 713 Strode Tower. For more information contact Dr. Kelly Peebles, director and associate professor in the Department of Languages - (864) 656-3393.


Department of Public Health Sciences
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