The Bachelor of Health Science degree is generally designed to offer a more managerial skill set in health care. But it’s also meant to provide a more generalized knowledge in science and humanities that can be used to move among different areas of health care, go to graduate school or even change careers completely later on in life. (Click to a list of schools offering online degrees in health science)
But while B.S. degrees of health science are offered in general or administrative specialties, many are more targeted at a particular area of health care like advanced patient care or exercise science. Below is an overview of the various degree specialties available in this area.
The B.S. health science degree can provide varied career opportunities in hospitals, corporate benefits office or other management positions, and provide a good salary boost. According to Salary.com, business managers in health care facilities can earn from $70,000 per year up to more than $170,000, depending on the size of the facility and geographic location. (More on career benefits of a bachelor in health science degree.)
General Bachelor of Health Science Degree
Prepares the graduate to enter the health care industry in a very broad range of different ways. programs of this type combine a curriculum in humanities and science typical of any bachelor degree, along with a more focused combination of busines, public health and management topics that are very specific to the healthcare industry.
BS of Health science – Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
A degree generally offered only for currently licensed nurses or other health care professional that looks at a broad range of issues in treating patients with complex health issues. Designed to equip the student to enter more managerial roles with knowledge of current trends in health care, regulations, health delivery theories and pactices, as well as leadership and critical thinking skills.
Bachelor of Health Science in Administration
A degree designed to stream graduates into managerial more than clinical or “hands on” type positions in health care. The courses tend to focus on financial management, operating efficiencies, legal and leadership subjects of importance to a director or senior manager in health care. The skill set is applicable to health care facilities or a wide range of insurance and other private industries involved in health care. Several schools offer this degree online:
Bachelor of Health Science in Health and Wellness
Focuses on communication and critical thinking skills for a managerial role in the health and wellness industry. This can involve working in an exercise center as a personal trainer or other type of fitness specialist, in a government community health agency as a community health director or in a variety of other roles as health director in a spa, community center or even a cruise ship. Some graduates with this type of degree also work in the pharmaceutical industry.