The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is a four-year undergraduate degree program that prepares students for success in careers related to the health care industry. The Health Sciences curriculum focuses on developing necessary knowledge, skill sets and professional experience to help students become successful health care professionals.
This program provides opportunities for students to build upon the foundational skills of a liberal arts education in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Faculty representing the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business and Public Administration provide coursework in the biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, clinical sciences, health care management, administration and health behavior.
Drake's Health Sciences program provides opportunities early in the curriculum for students to interact and work with a wide range of scientific and health care professionals. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care but are unsure of which career may be best for them find this aspect of the Health Sciences degree beneficial. Once students decide which area of health care they would like to pursue, they participate in advanced experiences that allow them to integrate classroom material with their work experience and develop higher-level skills.
The Health Sciences curriculum is flexible in order to serve the needs of a variety of health care career interests. Students choose to focus their education according to one of two available tracks, depending on their areas of interest: Clinical and Applied Sciences or Health Services Management.
Students who enroll in the health Sciences program at Drake directly from high school begin as "open" Health Sciences students. During the first semester in the Issues in Health sciences course series, first-year students select which track they would like to pursue. Students transferring into the program declare their track at the point of admission.