Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Gerontology

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Gerontology

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program prepares individuals to plan, implement and evaluate programs for health and human services – including those offered by health departments, voluntary health agencies, clinics, hospitals and businesses and healthcare industries.

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The Bachelor of Sciences in Health Science with a concentration in Gerontology program is designed for students seeking to work with the elderly in a wide variety of settings, including long-term care and retirement facilities, senior centers, government offices on aging at all levels, home, agencies, adult day care programs, adult protective service agencies and others. This program prepares students to have a positive impact on the quality of services available to a growing senior citizen population.


In order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program, prospective students must:

  • Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee
  • Complete an admissions interview with a University Admissions Advisor
  • Submit documentation of high school graduation or equivalent
  • Sign an enrollment agreement (must be signed by a parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age)

*Current undergraduate students must submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities to apply for transfer credit. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a USU-approved agency.




10 semesters/40 months*

*Dependent on course load

*The courses listed below do not include the required 57 General Education credits.

Core Requirements
51 Credits
Gerontology Concentration Requirements
12 Credits
General Education Requirements*
57 Credits
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Total
120 Credits

Core Requirements

BHA 401: Strategic Management in Healthcare

This course introduces the principles, methods, theories, and concepts of strategic management as it relates to health care organizations. Topics include: Strategic planning and management, strategic assessment, marketing, macroeconomics, and principles of quality.

BHE 302: Health Promotions and Lifestyle Modification

The course provides an overview of the history of health promotion and disease prevention. The focus will be on the US Health Indicators described in Healthy People 2010. Healthy People in Healthy Communities will be discussed, and Healthy People 2020 will be framework settings, strategies, and model programs for promoting health. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with resources regarding the leading issues facing health educators, including physical activity, overweight and obesity, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, injury and violence, access to health care, immunization, and environment quality.

BHE 305: Human Nutrition

The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to key concepts of human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on macro and micronutrients as methods of assessing nutrient intake in the well client. Additional topics include digestive processes, food additives, safety and sanitation as well as factors that influence nutrient intake. Fundamentals of normal nutrition, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and their roles in human metabolism as well as nutrition and the life cycle are presented and explored. Prerequisites: HES256

BHE 308: Cultural Competence in Healthcare

This course is designed to enable healthcare professionals to deliver sensitive, humanistic and respectful care to clients and their families living in a global community. Emphasized is the valuing of differences to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Explored are the changing demographics, awareness and acknowledgement of various cultural beliefs which are vital to delivering quality healthcare

BHE 313: Gerontology

The course deals with the foundations, biological, safety and security needs of the aging population. Special issues discussed include healthcare systems, financial stability and end of life decisions. The course is an elective course for the BSHS specialization in Health Education.

BHE 315: Environmental Health and Safety

This course explores the major elements of environmental health. This is a survey course and is intended to introduce the student to the field of environmental health in a manner which brings each topic to life. This course is essentially an assessment of health and safety issues in the home and community from a life cycle perspective. The role of the multidisciplinary team and the relationship between health, disease and society is explored. Risk and resilience are discussed as they apply to individuals and communities. Implications for family teaching and community health programs are inherent in the course. Environmental health is often thought of as the foundation of public health. You will find that environmental health in a broad sense affects almost every aspect of your life. It helps to control the food you eat and the water you drink; the home you live in and the places you go for recreation and entertainment; the condition of your schools; and of course, the air you breathe.

BHE 400: Healthcare Delivery System

Introduction to the health care delivery system in the United States; overview of U.S. health care delivery, health care providers and professionals, technology and its effects, financing, outpatient services and primary care, healthcare delivery institutions, the role of federal government, methods of reimbursement and managed care, implications for the health care provider, professional practice, and for individuals, families and communities included. Emphasis is on access, cost, affordability and quality of care and the future of health services delivery.

BHE 404: Principles of Epidemiology

The course introduces the principles used to assess and study the distribution and determining factors of disease, injuries, and death in human populations. Infectious diseases are studied in terms of transmission and control/prevention. Infectious diseases are presented from a public health perspective. Characteristics, risk and prevention of non-infectious diseases that are important to the public are also discussed. Implications for health education are presented.

BIO 251: Microbiology

Introduction to the biology of major groups of microorganism including their role in infectious diseases, their role in nature and their relationship to humankind. Prerequisites: BIO 150

BIO 251L: Microbiology Lab

Laboratory activities for BIO 251 Prerequisites: None

BIO 252: Human Physiology

This course is an Introduction to microorganisms as biological entities. Topics include microscopy, cell structures and functions, metabolism, genetics, disease transmission, host response to microbial invasion, control of infectious disease, and impact of microbes on the environment and applications of microorganisms to industrial and environmental problems. Prerequisite: BIO 150A or equivalent.

BIO 252L: Human Physiology Lab

Laboratory activities for BIO 252

BIO 261: Anatomy

Anatomy and histology of human organ systems including the muscle and skeletal systems, the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems. Prerequisites: BIO 150

BIO 261L: Anatomy Lab

Laboratory activities for BIO 261 Prerequisites: None

HED 310: Health Informatics

This course provides a multidisciplinary approach to health informatics. The course explores the informatics in health care delivery and focuses on the clinical applications. The focus is on information technology including hardware, software, systems, and conceptual models of information. Different data types and data models are explored across various functional aspects of health care disciplines. Prerequisites: None

HES 256: Health & Society

Analysis of major health problems affecting the life of the individual, the family and community at large. Evaluation, planning and implementation of approaches to meeting personal and societal health needs. Prerequisites: None

MAT 241: Intro to Probability and Statistics

Basic concepts of probability and statistics. Includes sets and probability, random variables and probability distribution, sampling, estimation theories, tests of hypotheses. Prerequisites: Passing Math Assessment test

PHI 380: Ethics in Healthcare

Examines the principles of ethics and how personal and professional values relate to ethics in Nursing. Recognize and analyze ethical principles in daily practice. Prerequisites: ENG130

BHE 499: Capstone

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to synthesize and integrate knowledge and skills acquired through academic studies and apply that knowledge to a current public health issue. Prerequisites: None


GER 402: Aging Program and Services

This course will present a survey of the major contemporary services and programs focusing on the needs of older adults. Through a comprehensive assessment and review, students will gain a thorough introduction to the variations, strengths, and limitations that reflect these resources. Emphasis will be placed upon the governmental organizations, modalities of care, legislative initiatives, and supportive networks that typify the growing needs and interests of this vulnerable population. Prerequisites: HES256

GER 404: Elder Law

The impact of the aging society on healthcare mandates discussions on home health, assisted living and nursing homes for seniors. Financial, end of life planning, trust wills, advance directives and powers of attorney are included. Prerequisites: HES256

GER 408: Studies on Aging

Course provides an overview of studies in aging through the perceptions of the life cycle, health care systems, family and interpersonal relationships and aging in diverse communities at large. Emphasis is on theory, methods and research in aging, and future trends in aging in various cultures. Prerequisites: HES256

LTC 406: End of Life Ethics

Ethical issues such as suffering, death and dying, futility of treatment, withholding and withdrawing treatment, artificial food and nutrition, palliative care, euthanasia, and compassion are the main focus of this course. The course provides an analysis of the major moral traditions as well as the philosophical debate on the goals of health care. Prerequisites: HES256