Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
UCF Department of Health Sciences
The Department of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. Our science-based, application-oriented curriculum is designed for students with an interest in human health who plan to pursue careers in medicine, other health professions, clinical/behavioral research, health promotion and public health.
The major includes two career-focused tracks: Pre-Clinical and Health Promotion.
- Pre-Clinical: This track is designed for students pursuing careers as a physician, physician assistant, dentist, pharmacist and other healthcare careers. A 3.0 minimum overall GPA is required for admission and graduation.
- Health Promotion: This track is designed for students pursuing careers as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, clinical/behavioral health researcher, public health specialist and other health-related fields.
The core curriculum provides a foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, and social sciences. Upper-level core requirements focus on areas such as research methods, pharmacology, epidemiology, pharmacology, nutrition and pathophysiology. Additional elective courses allow students the flexibility to fulfill requirements for graduate and professional programs they may wish to pursue.
Advising for Health Sciences Majors
The Health Sciences Academic Advising Office provides advising for current sophomore, junior and senior students in the major and prospective students. (Academic advisement for freshman students is provided by CHPS Student Academic Services.)
Prospective students are required to schedule an advising appointment. This is required to ensure that Health Sciences academic advisors have time to review important program information with you.
During this time of heightened public health concerns, Health Sciences Academic Advisors will be assisting students via email at [email protected], phone appointments and Zoom sessions. All normal advising services will be offered with the option that works best for the student.
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Health Sciences Internship Program
Partnering with healthcare facilities, community organizations and research entities. The Health Sciences Internship course (HSC4943) provides students with an opportunity to experience the work environment in health-related careers.
- Pathophysiology I (HSC 4555) and/or Pathophysiology II (HSC 4558)
- Applied Health Research Methodology (HSC 4730) – required for research-focused internships only
- Junior or Senior Standing
- UCF Overall GPA 3.0 or higher
What is an Internship?:
An internship is a hands-on experience in which a student can explore career options, draw conclusions between their academic knowledge and practice, and network with professionals in their field of interest. These experiences, which occur in healthcare facilities, community organizations and research entities, are developed in partnership with the UCF Department of Health Sciences Internship Program. While participating in an internship, students engage in direct, learner-centered activities outside the traditional academic classroom. Internship experiences enrich the learning process and create opportunities for students to gain valuable insights into their field of choice.
About Health Sciences Internships:
Three types of internships are available:
- Shadowing in a health care setting
- Community service
Students must submit an application to be considered for an internship spot. Eligible students are matched with internship opportunities based on their professional interests, skills and course schedule.
Internships for Course Credit
Interns must complete at least 80 hours at the assigned internship site to earn 3 credit hours. In addition to the internship, students complete course assignments to facilitate interactive learning. An online course, HSC 4943 – Health Sciences Internship, is part of this learner-centered experience.
Already Found An Internship?
You may be eligible to register your internship experience for credit.
- Ensure you meet the internship pre-requisites
- Complete internship request form
- Email the formal internship offer AND completed internship request form to the Internship Coordinator at [email protected] to set up an appointment to discuss the next steps.
Deadline: The internship must be registered prior to the first day of the semester. It is recommended that registration forms be submitted 2-3 months prior to the start of the semester to allow for coordination between all parties.
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- UCF Pre-health Pre-law Advising
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- Career Services
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What Intern Alumni are saying:
-Riley Shurack Class of 2021
–Daniella Velez Class of 2021