Undergraduate Program in Health Science

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Undergraduate Program in Health Science

The undergraduate program in Health Science offers 3 pathways for completing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science and three minors. 

The educational activities in the Undergraduate Program in Health Science are guided by six core ideas about health:

  1. Health is a multi-faceted experience that includes multiple forms of wellbeing;
  2. Health and wellness promotion require community collaboration and involvement.
  3. Health, illness, and disease are population-level phenomena studied through epidemiological methods and ecological frames;
  4. Health is influenced by the quality of our social and physical environments;
  5. Aging, human development, and intergenerational relationships are key influences on individual and population-level health;
  6. Inequalities in healthcare access and outcomes are neither accidental nor unavoidable and are studied as social problems to be addressed through research, advocacy, and community organizing.

Health Science Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes

Adopted by the Health Science & Recreation Department April 3, 2013

Students who complete the B.S. in Health Science at San Jose State University will be able to...

  1. Locate, evaluate, summarize, synthesize, and attribute information relevant to assessing and improving population health.
  2. Practice cultural humility, civility, and respect in all interactions when working with diverse populations.
  3. Engage in meaningful reflection to identify, interpret, and evaluate personal, cultural, and professional values to guide ethical decision-making.
  4. Recognize how socio-economic, cultural, behavioral, structural, biological, environmental and other factors impact the health of individuals and communities, contribute to health disparities, and provide opportunities for promoting health throughout the life course.
  5. Communicate health information in oral and written forms and through a variety of media and technology to diverse audiences.
  6. Work independently and collaboratively, demonstrating an understanding of professional standards.
  7. Support the design and implementation of research to collect, analyze, and report qualitative and quantitative data to describe population health, evaluate health programs and policies, and improve population wellbeing.
  8. Understand and effectively engage with various organizational structures related to health globally and in the United States, including public and private health services systems, regulatory bodies, and government policy makers.