Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences

Also available as a UofM Global online degree.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles. Building Healthy Communities.

If you enjoy focusing on the health and well-being of others, you may want to complete a concentration in Health Sciences.

Study the science of health from an interdisciplinary perspective that prepares you for non-clinical entry-level positions in various aspects of health care industry. Our interdisciplinary Health Sciences program ensures you gain the skills necessary to enter a variety of allied health fields upon graduation or apply to a post-bachelor's program. 

This program provides the foundation, knowledge and skills needed to develop, manage, lead and evaluate health initiatives aimed at promoting the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors. The program also offers elective hours that provide an opportunity individualize the curriculum to meet specific career goals and requirements. 

Major: Health Studies

The Health Sciences concentration allows you to pursue your interests among the various health professions. It is grounded in health promotion theory and practice strategies, and offers elective hours allowing you to individualize your program to align with your own professional goals. With outstanding teaching and an emphasis on practical application, the program will prepare you to enter the job market or to pursue a graduate education in a variety of health fields such as:

  • Health promotion
  • Community health
  • Public health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Dental hygiene
  • Physician assistant
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy

and more…

You will extend your knowledge and skills beyond the classroom through an internship, taking what was learned in the classroom and applying it in professional settings. Internship settings are selected and secured by students and may include health departments, rehabilitation centers, community centers, hospitals, schools, corporate settings and a variety of other sites. 


Upon graduating, you can begin your career or continue your education in a variety of areas such as:

Health Promotion
Health education
Health counseling/coaching
Community wellness
Corporate wellness
Public health
Fitness and wellness

Pre-Professional Focus
Dental/dental hygiene
Occupational/physical therapy
Medicine/ physicians assistant
Other allied health sciences

For more info:
Dr. Barbara McClanahan | bmcclnhn@memphis.edu
Dr. Shelly Stockton | mstocktn@memphis.edu
Program Coordinators

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New course offering for Summer 2024

HSME 4305: Problems/Health Sports Sciences
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam Prep Course

  • Offered Summer II
  • Online/asynchronous
  • 3 credit hours
  • Offered S/U (pass/fail)
  • The course will prepare students for the CHES exam offered in Oct. 2024 or April 2025.

CHES certification is a nationally recognized credential that sets you apart from other graduates and job candidates. It verifies that you are a health education professional with the competencies to provide high quality professional services.

These include collecting and analyzing data to identify community needs; planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs; and serving as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, and the community maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles.

CHES-credentialed health educators hold positions such as:

  • Health educator
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Senior education manager
  • Program manager
  • Training specialist
  • Prevention and community educator
  • Outreach specialist

The certification also benefits students who plan to pursue a clinical position in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and more.CHES

Pursuing certification signals to potential employers and clients that an individual is recognized as an effective communicator and health education expert. The CHES certification is "preferred" or "required" for many public health and community health positions.

During the 2022 exam cycle, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) reported 2,261 CHES registrants, indicating strong demand for the certification. NCHEC notes that the salary of a Certified Health Education Specialist may be higher than that of someone who is not CHES certified.

Make the most of your Health Sciences degree. Become a Certified Health Education Specialist and improve the health status of individuals, families and communities.


Student Testimonials

"The University of Memphis Health Sciences program offers information around several different health and fitness organizations, courses on leadership, counseling, fitness instruction, and health habits and ways to apply each of these topics into real life scenarios. I feel as if this program is helping me gain the confidence I need to begin a successful career in the field of health and fitness." -Evan Gerrard

"The Health Sciences program has presented a way to narrow the many career and research opportunities that interested me. My research interests now involve holistic health, motivation and psychological health. Additionally, my background in psychology and counseling was easily integrated within this program and many of its courses." -Michael Gratton

"The classes included in the health sciences curriculum have been the most valuable learning experiences for me. Classes such as marketing, program development, counseling, aerobic and resistance training, and exercise physiology have all really helped. Actually, all of my Health Sciences classes have been influential in my new career!" -Misty Rackham

"The Health Sciences program offers a variety of classes that advanced my skills not just in making healthier lifestyle choices, but also in marketing, leadership, and program implementation and evaluation. These are skills that I will need to take with me to my next career or graduate school." -Stephanie Rozar


Health Sciences faculty pursue research devoted to the applied study of health including personal health and wellness, behavior change, and community programming and design. Faculty members secure external funding to support their research, and their work is published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals.