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Health Sciences BHS

Format: In person at Armstrong Campus

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is designed to teach students and practicing health professionals the view that health is separate from illness. Students will develop expertise in the health sciences while focusing on applied health-related areas. The Health Science program consists of four concentrations: health science (generalist), health services administration, health informatics and human performance/fitness management.

General Health Science

The generalist emphasis in health science provides students with an opportunity to explore the discipline as a means of making informed career and academic pathway decisions. It is especially appealing for those who wish to matriculate within the health professions while addressing admissions requirements of other programs such as nursing or physical therapy. Additionally, the generalist emphasis is beneficial to those wishing to study general health areas – such as nutrition, fitness, health promotion, and epidemiology – as a means of preparation for graduate study.

Contact Information

McKinley Thomas
Professor and Health Sciences Program Coordinator
Office: Armstrong Campus-University Hall 154K
Phone: 912-344-2656

Health Services Administration

Format: In person on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124

The administration and management of healthcare programs in a variety of settings, including hospitals, group practices, the private sector, the health and fitness industry, sales, gerontology and public health.

Contact Information

Joey Crosby, Ph.D.
Professor and Health Sciences Program Coordinator
Office: Armstrong Campus-University Hall 154B
Phone: 912-344-2657

Health Informatics

Format: In person on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124

At Georgia Southern University, we train you to become a unique asset in the high-demand field of health informatics. Building on a foundation in information technology and data management, your Bachelor of Health Sciences degree immerses you in the cutting edge technology used throughout the healthcare industry.

A career in health informatics will have you working alongside professionals who use thoughtfully designed, implemented and managed health information systems to improve the health of individuals, groups and populations. You’ll support research, manage clinical workflow tasks, control health information databases and improve healthcare information security.

Jobs in Health Informatics

With a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and a concentration in Health Informatics, you’ll be equipped to seek entry-level work in the healthcare industry such as:

    • Pharmacy or nutrition informaticist

    • Health information system specialist

    • Systems integration specialist

    • Health information technologist

    • Health systems planner

    • Health informaticist

    • Health information manager

    • Clinical informaticist

    • Informatics analyst

    • Health care manager

    • Administrator

    • Project coordinator

    • Data analyst

    • Systems designer

    • Health policy analyst

    • Health policy researcher

    • Healthcare advocate

    • Community health worker

Contact Information

Paula Tillman, DNP, RN, CPHIMS
Office: Armstrong Campus-University Hall 154G
Phone: 912-344-3604

Human Performance/Fitness Management

Format: In person on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124

Graduates from the health sciences BHS with a concentration in human performance/fitness management is responsible for optimizing the health and performance of those involved in sporting activity at all levels. Employment settings may include hospital-based wellness centers, corporate wellness programs, nonprofit wellness programs and health and fitness centers.

Interested in a minor in human performance and fitness management?

Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (MSSM-ABM)

Qualified students of the Human Performance/Fitness Management concentration may also be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too.

The MSSM-ABM is designed to allow students currently enrolled in the human performance/fitness management concentration the opportunity to enter the Master of Science in Sports Medicine program after completing 90 credit hours.

Questions? Contact Us

Andrew Flatt, Ph.D.
Office: Armstrong Campus-University Hall 154M
Phone: 912-344-3150

Bachelor of Health Sciences Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Health Sciences is to educate and prepare health professionals in Health Sciences, Health Service Administration, Health Informatics, and Human Performance and Fitness Management by providing real-world industry exposure and experience, evidence-based practice, and population responsiveness to undergraduate students guided by current health sciences theory and practice to ensure that both individuals and communities reach their highest levels of health and wellbeing.

Student Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the field of gerontology and its relevance in society.
PLO2: Apply theory, evidence-based knowledge and research as a basis for competent gerontological practice.
PLO3: Employ knowledge of the diversity of the aging population in American and global societies.
PLO4: Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving when analyzing diverse and complex challenges faced by the aging population
PLO5: Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving when analyzing biological, psychological, and sociological outcomes faced by the aging population.
PLO6: Exhibit effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and information technology needed in a global information society.
PLO7: Prepare students for professional practice and leadership positions in the public and private sector where gerontological knowledge is required.

Contact Us

McKinley Thomas, Ed.D.
Office: Armstrong Campus-University Hall 154K
Phone: 912-344-2656

Last updated: 3/4/2024