Health Sciences

MajorBachelor of Science Health Science
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BEGIN your healthcare path with confidence.

Many students are drawn to a career in healthcare, yet find themselves uncertain about the specific path that aligns best with their personality and skill set during the college application process. The Health Sciences program offers a versatile solution, providing a dynamic environment that challenges, encourages, and allows for exploration across various facets of the healthcare field.

This major seamlessly integrates foundational scientific knowledge with contemporary insights into human healthcare, delivered by experienced content experts and current healthcare practitioners. Health Sciences students are uniquely equipped to confidently navigate diverse healthcare professions, whether their future plans include going directly into the workforce or on to clinical graduate programs.

Graduates of the Health Sciences program emerge well-prepared for successful admission into a spectrum of healthcare-related graduate programs such as medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and optometry.



The Health Sciences major curriculum is both challenging and flexible, designed to prepare students for a wide variety of graduate programs such as medicine, physical therapy, PA, dentistry, and more. Students in the Health Sciences program take several fundamental and advanced natural science courses, social science courses, and our “core” healthcare courses. Students individualize their curriculum by choosing from over 68 healthcare-related elective courses that optimally prepare them for their chosen career path.

Sample courses in this program could include:

  • BSHS 110 – Introduction to Healthcare
  • BSHS 215 – Medical Terminology
  • BSHS 290 – Exploring Public Health
  • BSHS 450 – Healthcare Biostatistics
  • BI 323 – Principles of Immunology
  • BSHS 285 – Healthcare Immersion Abroad

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Butler’s curriculum was very tailored towards my career path.

“Because of this, I felt ahead of the curve when I started my clinical rotations and very well-prepared for my board exams, networking, and my job search.”

Krupa Dave ’12, ’13
Health Sciences
Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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Amy Peak
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Amy Peak is the Director of the Health Science and Healthcare & Business programs, and Chair of the Health Science department at Butler University.   She has over 20 years experience in higher education and is a clinical pharmacist,…
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Mikaela Drake
Associate Professor – Health Sciences
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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Oscar Beltran Perez
Assistant Professor
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Dr. Beltran is a scholar and practician in the field of Health Sciences. He completed his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, but his work experience extends…
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Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate ethical, professional, collaborative, and culturally-sensitive behaviors within the healthcare setting.

Integrate knowledge and skills from natural, formal, and social sciences with healthcare fundamentals to solve complex problems and optimize health outcomes.

Locate, critically analyze, and apply data in a manner that supports evidence-based healthcare.

Communicate effectively with laypersons and healthcare professionals on a variety of health-related topics.

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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