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Bachelor of Science Degree in Health

(Community Health and Preventive Services Specialization)


This program provides students with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Health for students interested in careers in community health, public health and health promotion. All degree core, designated electives, and support work must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Admission Policy
The goal of admission requirements for the Health degree is to provide its undergraduate students with a program of study with the highest possible standards. To achieve this goal, the admission policy is designed to identify those students most likely to succeed in health education. All applicants for admission to the Health degree will be admitted to the program as pre-health students. Academic performance for declaration of the Health major will be evaluated after the following criteria have been met. To declare a Health major, a pre-health student must have:

  • completed 30 semester credit hours and be in good standing with the University

  • successfully completed the following or equivalent courses with a grade of “C-” or better:

    WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I
    WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II
    HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health

Applicants who have completed all of the above courses as equivalent transferable college credit with a grade of “C-” or better and have no UTSA coursework can declare a Health major if they:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements

  • have completed 30 semester credit hours.

A pre-health student will not be able to register for upper-division, majors-only courses at UTSA until they have completed the courses listed above with the required grade point average. A student can complete each course required for admission twice in order to reach the required grade; however, students who are not able to meet the criteria after completing the course for the second time will no longer be considered a pre-health student and their major will be changed from pre-health to undeclared (UND) in the University student record system. The student must then choose a major other than Health.

Academic advising for students seeking the degree is available in the Life and Health Sciences Advising Center.

The minimum number of semester credit hours for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Health must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

STA 1053 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 should be used to satisfy one of the Life & Physical Sciences core requirements. HTH 2413 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. COM 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in the Component Area Option.

All candidates for the degree must complete the following degree requirements in addition to the Core Curriculum requirements.

Degree Requirements

  1. Degree Core Requirements (32 semester credit hours of required courses):

    HTH  2413  Introduction to Community and Public Health
    HTH  2601  Field-Based Skills in Community Health and Preventive Services
    HTH  2623  Applied Technology for Research and Health Education
    HTH  3503  Theories of Health Behavior
    HTH  3513  Community Health
    HTH  3663  Program Planning and Evaluation
    HTH  4503  Human Disease and Epidemiology
    HTH  4513  Consumer Health
    HTH  4543  Environmental Health and Safety
    HTH  4921  Capstone for Community Health and Preventive Services
    HTH  4936  Internship in Health

  2. Support Work (20 semester credit hours of required courses):

    BIO  1233  Contemporary Biology I
    BIO  2083  Human Anatomy
    BIO  2091  Human Anatomy Laboratory
    BIO  2103  Human Physiology
    BIO  2111  Human Physiology Laboratory
    COM 2113  Public Speaking
    MAT 1023  College Algebra with Applications
    STA  1053  Basic Statistics

  3. Designated electives (15 semester credit hours selected from the following):

    At least 6 semester credit hours must be taken from these four courses:

    HTH  3303  Physical Activity and Health
    HTH  3533  Drugs and Health
    HTH  4523  Understanding Human Sexuality
    HTH  4533  Nutrition and Health

    Additional designated electives can be taken from the following list:

    HTH  2133  School Health
    HTH  2513  Personal Health
    HTH  3003  Survey of Drugs and Health
    HTH  3013  Survey of Human Nutrition
    HTH  3023  Survey of Human Sexuality
    HTH  3043  Principles of Weight Management
    HTH  3523  Worksite Health Promotion
    HTH  3543  Growth and Development
    HTH  3553  Emotional Wellness
    HTH  3563  Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
    HTH  4953  Special Studies in Health

    MGT  3013  Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management
    or
    MGT  4953  Special Studies in Management (when topic is Introduction to Health Care Management)

  4. Free Electives (11–23 semester credit hours):

    All candidates for this degree must complete a minimum of 11 hours of free electives to meet the 120 hour minimum for the degree, including a sufficient number of electives at the upper-division level to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.


B.S. in Health — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
University core course   3
University core course   3
Spring
BIO 1233 Contemporary Biology I (core) 3
HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
University core course   3
Second Year
Fall
University core course   3
University core course   3
University core course   3
University core course   3
Free elective   2
Spring
BIO 2083 Human Anatomy 3
BIO 2091 Human Anatomy Laboratory 1
COM 2113 Public Speaking 3
HTH 2601 Field-Based Skills in Community Health and Preventive Services 1
HTH 3503 Theories of Health Behavior 3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Third Year
Fall
BIO 2103 Human Physiology 3
BIO 2111 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
HTH 2623 Applied Technology for Research and Health Education 3
Free elective   3
HTH 3513 Community Health 3
HTH 3663 Program Planning and Evaluation 3
Spring
HTH 4503 Human Disease and Epidemiology 3
Designated elective   3
Designated elective   3
Designated elective   3
Free elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
HTH 4513 Consumer Health 3
HTH 4543 Environmental Health and Safety 3
Designated elective   3
Designated elective   3
Free elective   3
Spring
HTH 4936 Internship in Health 6
HTH 4921 Capstone for Community Health and Preventive Services 1
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 


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