Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies degree is a well-rounded degree that prepares students for future training as well as employment in the health care industry.

The program provides the academic foundation for pre-health students to prepare for advanced study as well as the essential knowledge components in health care studies. Science coursework includes biology, chemistry and physics. Health care studies include:

  • Pre-health professional development.
  • Healthcare internship.
  • Medical terminology.
  • Psychological aspects of health and illness.
  • Understanding of the U.S. health care system.
  • Patient education.
  • Prevention.

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Careers in Health Care

A student participates in physical rehabilitation at UT Southwestern.

Our graduates have been accepted to a variety of professional schools including UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Medical Branch, UT Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, The University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, The University of Houston College of Optometry, UT Austin College of Pharmacy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy and others.

The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing post-graduation employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.

Healthcare Studies at UT Dallas

Graduates are successful applicants to health professional schools including the following:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy
  • Health care administration
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physician assisting
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Podiatry

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The programs of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) provide students with a broad learning experience. Because of the individualized focus and flexibility, the program is appropriate for both students preparing to enter the workplace and those planning to continue their studies. IS students are encouraged to customize a degree plan using two or more disciplines — a combination of business and the social sciences, for example — or they can tailor degrees in American studies or Healthcare studies around topics of interest.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts: American studies, interdisciplinary studies

Bachelor of Science: Healthcare studies, interdisciplinary studies

Master of Arts: Interdisciplinary studies

Minors Offered

If your academic focus leads you elsewhere at UT Dallas, but you would still like to pursue studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the following minors are available:

  • American studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Exercise sciences
  • Gender studies
  • Healthcare studies

Additional Facts

The University’s Teacher Development Center (TDC) is housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and provides rigorous, university-based coursework with extensive field experience, including student teaching or a supervised post-baccalaureate internship for students interested in making teaching or school administration their career. The TDC offers teacher certification options for both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.

The University’s Academic Bridge Program, for which the school is responsible, assists high-potential students who may not have completed a college-track high school curriculum to transition to the academically rigorous environment of UT Dallas.