The B.S. in Health Science degree is specially designed for students who want to pursue a program in Pre-Physical Therapy or Pre-Occupational Therapy. The curriculum includes most of the prerequisites and science courses required for admission to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program or a master’s/doctoral-level program in occupational therapy. The coursework is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the health sciences and prepare them for the academic rigors of graduate school.
Having a smaller campus allows faculty and staff to invest in students’ lives on a level that isn’t possible at larger universities. Maintaining a balanced life as a student-athlete can be difficult, but it helps to know that everyone here is doing whatever they can to help you succeed.
Why should I choose Health Science?
Majors learn about health from physiological, anatomical, kinesiological and functional points of view while completing the prerequisites required for graduate studies in physical therapy or occupational therapy.
What are some courses I will take?
- Anatomical Kinesiology
- Health Science Clinical I-III
- Seminar in Health Science
- Rehab and Therapeutic Exercises
- Exercise Testing and Prescription
A Compassionate Heart
Sara Hayward says she got the best of both worlds during her education at UMHB. Intellectually, she was able to gain a deep understanding of the physiological processes that occur within the body, which helps her in her daily work as a physical therapist at Baylor Scott & White’s Roney Bone and Joint Institute. But she also discovered that showing love to her patients was just as important. “The kindness and genuine caring nature of the faculty and staff at UMHB helped me develop a more compassionate heart for my patients and to learn to meet them where they are in their road to recovery.”
What are some career options?
Health Science majors can choose many career paths:
- Graduate studies in physical therapy
- Graduate studies in occupational therapy
- Personal training
- Community health educator
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Health Science students have found success in many different areas:
- Scott & White Roney Bone & Joint Institute
- Stephenville Sports Rehab
- Texas Children's Hospital
Where can I go to grad school?
Many Health Science students have continued their education at these schools:
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
- Texas Women’s University
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- University of Mary Hardin-Baylor DPT program
What is special about Health Sciences at UMHB?
Students complete three Health Science Clinical courses which allow them to observe and shadow three licensed physical or occupational therapists, in different areas of specialization, to gain insight into those specialties.
Several of the undergraduate courses in this major are taught by licensed physical and occupational therapists; this allows students to interact with professionals in their area of interest and gain a better understanding of their chosen profession.
Students have the opportunity to assist professors in cutting-edge nutritional, exercise, health, and rehabilitative research in UMHB’s state-of-the-art laboratories.