Bachelor of Science in Health Care

Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Science in Health Care provides an academic foundation for students pursuing managerial, clinical, or research careers in health care. The program includes a base of core courses that examine scientific, social, political, economic, ethical, and organizational issues in health care, and that also address implications for individual practice and public policy. This required core, drawn largely from Arts & Sciences, underscores the complex, interdisciplinary nature of health care today, and the mandate for critical thinking, contextual understanding, and ethical behavior across all related fields and careers. Grounded in these common questions and skill sets, students then pursue more specialized professional interests by selecting a concentration in either health care management or health sciences.

This undergraduate program equips students with an academic foundation for graduate or professional school, or for work in a variety of health care professions including but not limited to hospital administration, community health, public health, biomedical research, medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical and occupational therapy.


Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered through University College are not offered by the Olin Business School at Washington University and do not come under the accreditation responsibility of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). No more than 25% of course work applied to a Bachelor of Science in University College may be in business disciplines.

required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the B.S. in Health Care include:

Required Courses: 18 Units

  • Biomedical Ethics (U22 233 or U29 206)
  • Human Disease and Its Scientific Basis (U29 342)
  • Health Psychology (U09 358)
  • Health and Society (U86 309)
  • Introduction to Public Health (U69 3283)
  • Health Economics (U07 352)

Students are required to also complete a concentration in either health care management or health sciences.

Health Care Management Concentration

18 Units, including at least 9 units of advanced (300 or 400 level) course work.

Required Health Care Management concentration courses are noted below. Additionally, students select one elective course, authorized by University College, chosen from Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Care, Clinical Research Management, Applied Health Behavior Research, Human Resources Management, or Nonprofit Management. Graduate-level courses in Clinical Research Management, Applied Health Behavior Research, Human Resources Management, and Nonprofit Management require University College and instructor authorization.

Required Courses: 15 units

  • Strategic Planning and Management in Health Care (U86 360)
  • Health Care Finance (U86 314)
  • Health Care Communications and Marketing Strategy (U86 349)
  • Legal Issues in Health Care Management (U86 312)
  • Health Care Reform and Policy (U86 355)

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Leadership for Organizational Success (U44 305)
  • Contemporary Organization Development (U44 375)
  • Business of Biotechnology (U44 456)
  • The Business of Clinical Research (U80 330)
  • Community Health Promotion (U88 540)
  • Leadership and Change in Health Care Services (U88 562)
  • 21st Century Perspectives on Organizations and Human Resources (U87 506)
  • Marketing and Institutional Advancement (U76 435)
  • Management in Nonprofit Organizations (U76 507)
  • Life Span Development and Public Health for Urban Populations (U86 415)
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals I (U27 123)
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals II (U27 124)
Health Sciences Concentration

18 Units, including at least 9 units of advanced (300- or 400-level) course work.

Health Sciences concentration courses, all elective, are chosen in consultation with advisor and authorized by University College. Courses are chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and other areas with University College authorization. Students pursuing graduate and professional study in medicine and other clinical fields are required to take more than 18 units of prerequisite course work for admission to graduate or professional school.

Recommended Courses

  • General Biology I and II with lab (U29 101 and 102)
  • General Chemistry I and II (U05 105 and 106)
  • General Chemistry I and II Lab (U05 151 and 152)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with lab (U05 261 and 262)
  • General Physics I and II with lab (U23 211 and 212)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (U29 322 and 323)
  • Introduction to Biochemistry (U29 406)
  • Biology of Aging (U29 431)
  • General Physiology (U29 506)
  • Developmental Psychology (U09 322)
  • Child Health Psychology (U09 3200)
  • Behavioral Medicine (U09 460)
  • Medical Anthropology (U69 387)
  • Culture and Aging (U69 3697)
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals I (U27 123)
  • Spanish for Health Care Professionals (U27 124)

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

Personal statement

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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