Bachelor of Science in Natural Science

Health Sciences


The Health Sciences concentration features courses that educate students on clinical healthcare, factors related to human health and disease, the human body, and cultural knowledge. These courses supplement the solid science background (biology, chemistry, physics) of the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science core. The capstone is designed to accommodate the large amount of clinical hours required for students to apply to health profession graduate schools.

Upon completion of the BSNS with a Health Sciences concentration, students will be able to demonstrate appropriate laboratory techniques, triage methods based on CPR/AED/ First Aid, and correct handling of bloodborne pathogens (via OSHA certification). The concentration also has a clinical cognate that provides students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to complete and direct patient care related to medical procedures and privacy protocol as outlined by HIPAA requirements. Utilizing problem-based learning techniques, students will develop the skills necessary for professional communication and behavior, effective teamwork, community and cultural well-being, and critical inquiry. Successful completion of the Health Sciences concentration prepares students for graduate studies in health professions or healthcare career options including health education, hospital management, health administration, health and wellness, and school health programs.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in Health Sciences from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Explain the basic foundations of biological, social, and behavioral sciences as they apply to the principles of health science.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical, cultural, socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, and environmental factors that impact human health, contribute to health disparities, and provide opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course.
  • Synthesize, integrate, and analyze research in health science literature.
  • Formally communicate scientific information in oral, written, and electronic formats.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Native Hawaiian culture and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health.
  • Articulate and exhibit appropriate professional skills and ethical behaviors needed for successful careers in the health science field.

Careers and Earning Potential

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