The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is a four-year undergraduate degree program that prepares students for success in careers related to the health care industry. The Health Sciences curriculum focuses on developing necessary knowledge, skill sets and professional experience to help students become successful health care professionals.
This program provides opportunities for students to build upon the foundational skills of a liberal arts education in an interdisciplinary curriculum. Faculty representing three different colleges at Drake provide coursework in the biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, clinical sciences, health care management and health behavior.
Drake's Health Sciences program provides opportunities early in the curriculum for students to interact and work with a wide range of scientific and health care professionals. Students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care but are unsure of which career may be best for them find this aspect of the Health Sciences degree beneficial. Once students decide which area of health care they would like to pursue, they participate in advanced experiences that allow them to integrate classroom material with their work experience and develop higher-level skills.
The Health Sciences curriculum is flexible in order to serve the needs of a variety of health care career interests. Students choose to focus their education according to one of two available tracks, depending on their areas of interest: Clinical and Applied Sciences or Health Services Management.
Students who enroll in the health Sciences program at Drake directly from high school begin as "open" Health Sciences students. During the first semester in the Issues in Health sciences course series, first-year students select which track (Clinical and Applied Sciences or Health Services Management) they would like to pursue. Students transferring into the program declare their track at the point of admission.
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HEALTH SCIENCES TRACKS
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences -- Clinical and Applied Sciences Track
The Clinical and Applied Sciences track includes coursework in scientific applications and clinical experiences in health-related sciences. There are also opportunities for additional laboratory experiences in the areas of pharmacology, pharmaceutics, and medicinal chemistry. Click here to view the curriculum guide for the Clinical and Applied Sciences track.
Potential capstone projects include clinical experiences at local clinics or medical centers that are coordinated through the CPHS Office of Experiential Education. Students who are interested in more research-oriented careers may also choose to complete a laboratory based research project with faculty in the pharmaceutical sciences. Click here to view a list of past research projects.
The Clinical and Applied Sciences track prepares students for careers or post-graduate work in primary care (physicians, dentists, optometrists) and allied health professions (for example: physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, optometry, clinical and laboratory sciences). Click here to view a list of pre-professional curriculum guides. Students in the Clinical and Applied Sciences track may also focus their education to prepare for research careers in the pharmaceutical industry or entry into graduate programs in the pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences.
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences partners with other colleges and schools both at Drake and in Des Moines to provide additional opportunities for professional advancement. Students interested in pursuing a career in health care law may consider our joint degree program with the Drake University Law School. Students enrolled in this "3+3" option have the opportunity to begin their first year of law school during their senior year. Click here to view the curriculum guide for the 3+3 Clinical & Applied Sciences/Law program.
CPHS also has a partnership with Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines to provide Drake Clinical and Applied Sciences students with access to one of their certificate programs. Students can enroll in this "3+1" program to earn certification in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Please see our Clinical and Applied Sciences/ Mercy College of Health Sciences' Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences page for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences -- Health Services Management Track
The Health Services Management track emphasizes coursework in business, marketing and pharmacy and health care administration. Click here to view the curriculum guide for the Health Services Management track.
Potential capstone projects include experiences working in administrative areas of health care that are coordinated through the CPHS Office of Experiential Education. Capstone areas of focus include (but are not limited to) health care administration, patient services, public health and the insurance industry. Students who are interested in more research-oriented careers or continuing on to graduate school may also choose to complete a non-laboratory based research project.
The Health Services Management track prepares students for careers or post-graduate work in health care administration, patient services, public health, health care information technology, regulatory affairs, marketing/sales and insurance related to the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Students in the Health Services Management track who have an interest in pursuing health care law may also consider our joint degree program with the Drake University Law School. Click here to view the curriculum guide for the 3+3 Health Services Management/Law program.
The Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will take courses from faculty who are committed to the Health Sciences program and to providing activities and structure to their courses that maximize learning.
No specific high school classes are required for first-year students applying for admission into the Health Sciences program. However, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences recommends four years each of English, science and mathematics. Students should take the most challenging courses available through their high school' advanced or honors curriculum to best prepare themselves for their first year at Drake. Students may consider taking advantage of any Advanced Placement or dual credit opportunities that might be available.
In addition to several foundational courses in biomedical sciences and business, all students in the Health Sciences program will take a five-semester sequence of courses called Issues in Health Sciences. The Issues in Health Sciences sequence provides an introduction to the professions within the health care system, as well as the opportunity to explore current issues and controversies facing health care professionals in multiple fields.
Students pursuing the Clinical and Applied Sciences track follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on the application of biomedical and clinical sciences in preparation for clinical work in the primary health care professions as well as allied health fields. The Clinical and Applied Sciences track also provides students with an opportunity to focus on laboratory-based courses and research experiences as preparation for careers post-graduate education in research, drug development and other fields within the health sciences.
Students pursuing the Health Services Management track follow a sequence of courses and experiences that focus on developing skills in management, marketing and data analysis. The Health Services Management track prepares students for employment in related health care fields such as the insurance industry, health systems, pharmacy benefit management companies, managed care organizations and health related non-profit organizations.
All undergraduate students at Drake University are required to complete the Drake Curriculum. The Drake Curriculum is designed to help students meet the academic, personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in ten Areas of Inquiry (AOIs): Artistic Experience, Critical Thinking, Engaged Citizen, Historical Foundations, Information Literacy, Global and Cultural Understanding, Scientific Literacy, Quantitative Literacy, Values and Ethics and Written Communication. Students work with their academic advisors to plan their program of study by integrating courses in the Areas of Inquiry that will prepare them for civic and professional leadership.
In addition to fulfilling their Areas of Inquiry as part of the Drake Curriculum, students also complete a First-Year Seminar during their first semester at Drake. First-Year Seminars are topical courses that help students develop foundational critical thinking, written and oral communication skills to prepare for advanced coursework later in their Drake education.
All Health Sciences students complete a Senior Capstone, which is the culmination of their experiential learning in their field of study. During the senior capstone, Health Sciences students demonstrate their ability to apply what they have learned in the classroom and throughout their experiential education opportunities to a real-world field experience.
INTERNSHIPS & EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION
Drake is located in Iowa's capital - the hub of business, insurance, government and health care for the state. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has a record of placing students in over 500 sites related to health care activities each year.
The Health Sciences program utilizes these opportunities to provide experiential learning throughout the four-year curriculum. In the early stages of the program, students are involved in experiencing the world of health sciences through, job shadowing, career mentoring, and project development. As students progress throughout their program, they being to participate in work experiences in areas related to their career interests. Students in the Clinical and Applied Sciences track are provided with opportunities to participate in rotation-style experiences associated with major medical centers and local clinics. Students who are interested in research also have the opportunity to carry out projects with faculty in the clinical, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. Students following the Health Services Management track are placed at sites associated with health insurance, information management, health systems management or public health.
Drake University strongly promotes research opportunities at the undergraduate level. The Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI) is an organized group of faculty and students that works to promote, support and coordinate efforts in undergraduate research. The Institute also serves as a platform for interdisciplinary discussions and collaboration among faculty and students.
The purpose of the Health Sciences program is to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in basic and applied health-related careers.
Goal 1: Knowledge Base and Life Long Learning Skills
Graduates will have a strong foundation in the physical, biological, clinical and behavioral sciences coupled with an understanding of how business and management models apply to health sciences-related fields. Graduates will develop the skills and habits to acquire and apply new knowledge.
Goal 2: Values and Ethics
Graduates will understand and accept their duties and responsibilities outlined by their chosen career and to society in general. Graduates are expected to have developed value systems and ethical standards that guide their behavior.
Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will use critical and creative thinking and an evidenced-based approach to identify, analyze and solve problems.
Goal 4: Communication and Collaborative Skills
Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with their peers and their constituents in a variety of formats and actively participate in collaborative environments.
Goal 5: Career Planning and Development
Graduates will emerge from the program with realistic ideas regarding how to implement their knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of settings.
Drake's approach to the Health Sciences program is to expose students to and provide an understanding of the multiple roles, disciplines and professions associated with the health care system. The Clinical and Applied Sciences track provides excellent preparation for a career in primary care (physicians, dentists, optometrists) and allied health (physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, clinical and laboratory sciences). The Clinical and Applied Sciences track also provides students who are interested in research with experiences that will prepare them for entry into research careers in the pharmaceutical industry or graduate education in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences (pharmacology, pharmaceutics, physiology). Employment opportunities available for graduates of the Health Services Management track include positions in the health insurance industry, public health agencies, hospital administration, health care management or health education. The Health Sciences program also prepares students for law school and a legal career linked to the health care system.
QUOTES FROM PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS
"This program's participants are analogous to stem cells 0 the various course work and experiences will allow students to identify and differentiate into roles within the healthcare field that fit their interests and skills"
- Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., Dean for University Research, Des Moines University
"The healthcare field is looking for people who can do things - communicate effectively, work with diverse groups of people, generate passion. The health sciences program at Drake is designed to develop these characteristics."
- Jane Schadle, RN, MSHA, Iowa Department of Public Health
"The health insurance industry, in the past, would focus on hiring individuals with business and actuarial skills. Today, we need individuals with those skills in addition to knowledge of the health sciences and healthcare system."
- Mar Movic, Vice President, Principal Financial Group