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Health Science Degrees, Online Bachelors Degree - Trident University

College of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program provides a firm foundation in the health sciences to prepare graduates for entry and mid-level positions in public health and health care management, or to pursue graduate education in a health-related field. Our mission is to produce highly competent, ethical, caring health professionals who can effect change for the better in communities, populations, organizations, and systems. We do this with an evidence-based, online teaching model and a student‐centered learning environment in which undergraduates can expand their knowledge and skills.


Students will learn basic research skills to use and evaluate data upon which health care managers, educators, administrators, and public health specialists base decisions. Students will develop analytical and problem-solving skills required of such professionals. They will expand awareness of legal and ethical issues in the health field and will learn to recognize and appreciate the economic, political, and social environment in which health care functions. The courses in this program prepare graduates to work in a variety of settings such as health departments, government, for-profit and non-profit health agencies, clinics, hospitals, businesses, and other health-related industries.


In addition to the general BSHS degree, the program offers concentrations in Health Care Management and Public Health. The concentration in Health Care Management provides health care professionals an opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in the principal functions of management within a health care setting. The concentration in Public Health prepares students for general public health careers with options to focus on Emergency and Disaster Management; Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety; Health Care Management; or Health Education.


Program Requirements

The College of Health Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree with a variety of options: No Concentration, a Concentration in Health Care Management, or a Concentration in Public Health. Within Public Health, students have the opportunity to choose one of the following focus areas: Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management; Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety; Health Care Management; or Health Education.


The general BSHS degree option with No Concentration is appropriate for students who want a broad health science education without a specific area of emphasis. This option is also designed for licensed and/or certified health care professionals who have graduated from an accredited associate degree program or a recognized certificate program and wish to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree.


Total BSHS Degree Credit Hour Requirement:

  • 124 semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree
  • 128 semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) degree with a Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management

BSHS Concentrations and Options:

  • Health Care Management
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 4 concentration courses (16 credits) + 4 elective courses*(16 credits)
  • Public Health
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 4 concentration courses (16 credits) + 4 elective courses* (16 credits)
  • Public Health - Certificate in Emergency & Disaster Management
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 4 concentration courses (16 credits) + 5 elective courses* (20 credits)
  • Public Health - Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
    7 program core courses (28 credits) + 5 concentration courses (20 credits) + 4 elective courses* (16 credits)
  • Public Health - Health Care Administration
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 4 concentration courses (16 credits) + 4 elective courses* (16 credits)
  • Public Health - Health Education
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 4 concentration courses (16 credits) + 4 elective courses* (16 credits)
  • No Concentration
    8 program core courses (32 credits) + 1 concentration core course (4 credits) + 2 elective courses* (8 credits)

*Number of elective courses may vary based on the total number of credit hours transferred


A detailed list of all Program/Concentration/Certificate course offerings and their descriptions is available on Trident University's Catalog.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Trident University offers high quality degree programs designed to impart the skills and knowledge required to compete in today’s marketplace for high demand careers. While our mission is to prepare students effectively to pursue career and professional development in their respective fields, finding gainful employment is the individual responsibility of the student. We do not imply or guarantee that students will find employment or be placed in any particular job as a result of completing an educational program. In order to help students make informed decisions about academic choices, Trident University provides the following gainful employment information for all of its program offerings.


Admissions Requirements

  • High school diploma or its equivalent.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in High School.
  • High school transcript is required if a student has fewer than 24 credits of post secondary education.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 from prior post-secondary education.
  • International students must provide proof of English proficiency (see Catalog section on English Proficiency for details).
  • Students enrolling in an undergraduate program without an Associate’s degree or 60 earned college level credits from a regionally or nationally accredited institution will be required to enroll in TUX 101 (Trident University Experience course) in their first session.
  • Students who have previous education such as an associate degree, and/or military IDC or PMT training, and/or hold a license/certificate in a health-related field of practice may be eligible to use up to 28 credits of health-related coursework toward the degree after review and approval by the College.

Transfer Policy

Credits are considered for transfer from any regionally or nationally accredited college or university, as well as ACE, CLEP, DANTES, CAEL and Excelsior. Decisions on the transfer of credits are ultimately at the discretion of the College Deans or designees. Trident may also accept foreign credits for transfer with appropriate foreign credential evaluation by a recognized agency. Students may refer to www.naces.org to select an evaluation agency. Students are urged to review the specific policy statement applicable to each degree program regarding maximum transferable credits to the program and concentration, or both.  


Trident has adopted the following conditions and procedures for transfer of credits:

  • Students are required to provide official transcripts of ALL prior academic work without exception.
  • Students in BSHS Professional Degree Completion are required to also provide a relevant license and/or certificate.
  • Prior academic work will be articulated during the admission process.
  • All courses, whether applied to a program or general elective in transfer, will be posted to the student’s permanent record.
  • Transfer credits will not be included in the calculation of overall GPA. 
  • At the undergraduate level a student may transfer in academically transferable credit no matter the date of completion. Where the content of a course is deemed outdated or no longer equivalent or relevant by the College, the credits for that course will transfer as general elective credits only.
  • Students may formally appeal transfer decisions to the Provost or designee. Appeals must be submitted in writing within five (5) business days and must be accompanied by supporting documentation or evidence.