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Generalist Health Track

General Health Track Curriculum

In order to be eligible to graduate with the B.H.Sc. degree a student must have completed 30 semesters hours of General Education course work in addition to the B.H.Sc. curriculum with a resulting minimum total of 120 semester hours. If this requirement is not met at time of admission to the program it can be obtained concurrently while enrolled in the B.H.Sc. A student can obtain and transfer these courses through NSU's Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences or another regionally accredited college or university.

Note: Effective January 1, 2006, prior to matriculation, all applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 semester hours (or the equivalent) of college level written composition from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum grade of a C (GPA of 2.0 on a four point grading scale).

Required General Education Courses NSU Course Coding
Written Composition 6 credits at or above COMP 1500
Mathematics 6 MATH credits at or above MATH 1040
Humanities 6 credits in any courses with a prefix of ARTS, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, PHIL, SPAN, WRIT or any Foreign Language
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 credits in any courses with a prefix of COMM, GEOG, GEST, GLBS, POLS, PSYC, ECN, INST or SOCL
Natural and Physical Sciences 6 credits consisting of BIOL, MBIO, CHEM, ENVS, PHY
Subtotal of Required General Education Courses 30 credits
Required BHS Courses (minimum) Semester Credit Hours

BHS 3110: Health Care Ethics

This course is designed to introduce ethical thinking and concepts regarding health care to prepare the student with the essential vocabulary and thought processes to understand, evaluate and participate in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to the idea that ethical problems are largely a matter of reason and that progress toward solutions can be gained through an application of normative ethical (philosophical) theory.


BHS 3120: Introduction to Epidemiology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the history and development of epidemiology in relation to public health and disease. Communicable, epidemic and endemic as well as social diseases will be discussed. 


BHS 3150: Principles of Leadership

This course will provide an overview of numerous leadership theories to prepare the student for a leadership role in Health Care. The course will critically analyze the differences between leadership and management.


BHS 3155: Conflict Resolution in Health Care

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of conflict and effective conflict resolution strategies that increase personal achievement and create collaborative relationships in the workplace. A variety of health care disputes including employee-employee conflict, supervisor-subordinate conflict, patient-patient conflict, and patient/client-provider conflict are analyzed and problem-solving methods are applied that reduce stress, manage conflict, and create environments of positive growth, personal and organizational safety, and intrapersonal and interpersonal satisfaction.


BHS 3160: Health Policy

This course provides the student with a broad understanding of Health Policy, how health care is organized, and how the practitioner can better work in the system. The focus will be on policy issues of population health and its determinants, access to care, and its impact on health. Students receive an introduction to key features in the US health care system, and will examine issues of rising health care costs and the quality of the care given. (Because there are a number of changes forthcoming as a result of recent legislation, some of the material presented this semester may change radically!)


BHS 4000: Cultural Competency in Health Care

The purpose of this course is to develop competency and better understanding when confronted with issues related to culture, diversity and ethnically based customs, rituals, alternative health care choices, folk medicine, cultural structure and viewpoints and the practitioner's delivery of health care.


BHS 4100: Academic and Professional Writing 
(must be taken during first semester of enrollment in program)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the format, content and thought processes for successful academic and professional writing through utilization of APA form and style manual. An overview of proper sentence and paragraph structure, grammar, punctuation usage, formatting and bibliographic referencing will be discussed.


BHS 4140: Independent Capstone Health Science Studies

(Required Course Course effective for entering students in Fall 2019 and beyond)

Students select an area of study in cooperation with the course advisor and/or program director to produce a culminating, experiential and interprofessional project. The project may include such items as work-related studies, conference attendance, grant proposals and/or planning documents. A comprehensive paper will be developed and delivered according to the APA form and style manual. Students must receive departmental and advisor approval in order to be allowed to register for this course.

Course pre-requisites, if any: COMP 1500, COMP 2000, BHS 4100 and Senior Academic Status


BHS Electives

Minimum of 9 credits of any course with BHS prefix other than required core courses listed above.

Subtotal of the Required B.H.S. Courses 33
Open/Transfer Electives
Any combination of coursework consisting of additional BHS prefixed elective courses and/or transfer courses of any prefix with a course level of 1000 or above resulting in a total of 57 credits
Subtotal Open Electives/Transfer Elective Courses 57

Minimum Total Degree Semester Hours Required: 120

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