From the study of infectious microbes to vaccines and biomedical research, the interdisciplinary biohealth sciences major equips you to excel in health-related professional and medical schools as well as pharmaceutical and clinical research. A savvy health-educated workforce will help drive innovation in medicine, research and biomedical technologies in the 21st century.
At OSU, you will discover one of the nation’s top biohealth sciences programs that combines a strong foundation in biological science with its application to human health and society.
As a BioHealth Sciences major, you will receive excellent training for a variety of professional programs including: dentistry, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, optometrists, podiatrists, doctors and clinical laboratory scientists. As a future healthcare provider, you will be prepared to meet the challenges of the increasing diversity of our nation through training on cultural competence and cross-cultural issues.
What will you do as a BioHealth Sciences major?
This major consists of a strong biological and physical science foundation combined with a variety of health and social sciences courses in a unique blend formulated to meet the needs of students interested in a career in the health care field.
Located in the Department of Microbiology, the BHS major offers you a total of seven academic options to supplement and broaden your studies in the field: Pre-Clinical Lab, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Med/Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physician Assistant.
Through dynamic and interactive science and laboratory courses, you will deepen your understanding about human health, the origins of disease and the research for future cures. Health and social science courses will give you context to succeed as a healthcare provider. Undergraduate research opportunities, internships, volunteer activities and clinical experiences will prepare you to excel in professional programs and health care jobs.
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Jobs in healthcare
As a BHS student, you will have the opportunity to interact with medical and industry professionals to gain hands-on experience and skills and to explore potential career paths through job shadowing. Our students find rewarding jobs in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physician assistantship, physical therapy and clinical laboratory science.
The comprehensive BHS curriculum provides unique pathways to enter competitive careers and graduate programs. For example, the BHS major with the Pre-Pharmacy Option is designed to meet requirements for admission to a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program jointly offered by OSU and OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University) as well as other pharmacy schools across the United States.