The Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Studies is a well-rounded degree that prepares students for future training as well as employment in the health care industry.
The program provides the academic foundation for pre-health students to prepare for advanced study as well as the essential knowledge components in health care studies.
Science coursework includes biology, chemistry and physics. Health care studies include pre-health professional development, a healthcare internship, medical terminology, psychological aspects of health and illness, understanding of the U.S. health care system, patient education, and prevention.
Health care is one of the sectors expected to show the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020, according to projections released in February 2012 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the same 10-year period, the bureau projects the health care and social assistance industry to gain 5.6 million jobs.
Graduates can pursue careers in health care fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, health care administration, occupational therapy, physician assisting and podiatry. UT Dallas students also have been successful applicants to a broad range of health professional schools.
Students who wish to major in healthcare studies should complete:
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies internship program at UT Dallas offers students the opportunity for practical experience in their field of interest:
The programs of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) provide students with a broad learning experience. Because of the individualized focus and flexibility, the program is appropriate for both students preparing to enter the workplace and those planning to continue their studies. IS students are encouraged to customize a degree plan using two or more disciplines — a combination of business and the social sciences, for example — or they can tailor degrees in American studies or Healthcare studies around topics of interest.
Bachelor of Arts: American studies, interdisciplinary studies
Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary studies, healthcare studies
Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary studies
If your academic focus leads you elsewhere at UT Dallas, but you would still like to pursue studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the following minors are available:
Kathleen Byrnes, Ph.D.
Program Head, Healthcare Studies
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
800 West Campbell Road HH30
Richardson, TX 75080-3021