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. The 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.
All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to this major include:
|Required Core Courses (18 Units)|
Health Care Management Concentration
18 Units, including at least 9 units of advanced (300 or 400 level) coursework.
Required Health Care Management concentration courses (15 units) 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.*
Recommended Elective Courses
*Graduate-level courses in Clinical Research Management, Applied Health Behavior Research, Human Resources Management, and Nonprofit Management require University College and instructor authorization.
Health Sciences Concentration
18 Units, including at least 9 units of advanced (300- or 400-level) coursework.
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 coursework for admission to graduate or professional school.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the Health Care undergraduate degree at University College. Your application will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
- Completed application form
The application form for the Health Care undergraduate degree is available online on the Apply page.
- 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.
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
International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Completion of a bachelor’s degree at a US college or University may be accepted as documentation of English language skills.
- $35 application fee
Payment may be submitted by credit card online as part of your application, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
Required Courses (3 units)
- Healthcare Reform and Policy (U86 455)
Elective Course (12 units)
- Course work in Health Care, including at least 9 units of advanced-level courses
- Degree Requirements Worksheet (Health Sciences Concentration)
- Degree Requirements Worksheet (Health Care Management Concentration)
- Transcript Release Form
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.