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Health Sciences

Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Improve lives and communities with access to wellness services

From the influx of aging Baby Boomers to increasing health disparity and constantly evolving healthcare legislation, the healthcare industry is full of challenge and opportunity. Moreover, the demand for professionals prepared to answer the call to improve quality and access to public health services in the United States is projected to increase by 20 percent1 through 2025, a rate faster than the national average.  

As healthcare is redefined to include more than simply caring for the sick, Franklin University’s Health Sciences bachelor's degree program provides you a solid academic background that will enable you to focus on the use of data-driven decisions to inform disease prevention and drive wellness for individuals, families and communities.

Get the knowledge you need to advance in the health and wellness industry

Franklin’s cross-disciplinary Health Sciences degree program prepares you to take on broad roles in the promotion of wellness. Core courses in medical terminology, community mental health, public administration and public heath provide you with the foundational knowledge to thrive in the ever-expanding realm of health and wellness. You will be introduced to grant writing for nonprofits, which will not only help you identify and successfully pursue grant opportunities, you will also extend and apply your communication skills while leveraging interdisciplinary insight to solve real-world problems. In addition, you will learn to manage risk and mitigate liability, make ethical decisions and incorporate employment law procedures as part of the exploration of the legal aspects of healthcare management.

Tailor your B.S. in Health Sciences to your career path

As a student in the Health Sciences major, you will choose three courses (12 credits) in a major area of study as well as four additional courses (16 credits) as areas of interest. You can build your competency in cultural sensitivity and boost your effectiveness within target populations by choosing courses within the cultural diversity area. Make yourself more marketable to governmental or private sector organizations by focusing your coursework in emergency planning. Get the edge you need to improve the quality of care through better-managed heath data with the knowledge you gain in health informatics or obtain valuable insight into wellness from the insurer perspective through the risk management and insurance courses. Concentrate your studies on healthcare management and position yourself for an administrative role with an established agency or start your own organization that fills an unmet need.

Formulate viable strategies that improve access to health and wellness services

Successfully becoming the change agent necessary to influence health and wellness requires a big-picture thinker who can work within existing constraints to achieve the end goal. As part of your Health Sciences major, you will apply basic theories and research findings to develop strategies to promote wellness, reduce disparities, strengthen community partnerships and increase access to affordable healthcare.

Through your coursework – real-world scenarios related to common health issues in the United States – you will gain a solid understanding of how existing policies like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and legislation like the Affordable Care Act impact the availability and delivery of care to the public. By effectively assessing the current state, you will be able to identify gaps and then develop strategies to fill them.

1Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Health Education
    • Develop, implement and evaluate health education programs and resources
    • Leverage data analysis to measure and evaluate effectiveness of health education programs
    • Collaborate with clinical staff and other information experts to provide resources and educational materials
    • Leverage strong writing and communication skills for the development of culturally competent health education materials and programs
    • Drive strategies that create awareness of specific health issues among at-risk groups
  • Disease & Illness Prevention
    • Support patients and members in promoting their health and managing chronic illnesses
    • Coordinate case management of patients and facilitate their access to services for diseases and illnesses
    • Work with clients and others to assess individual needs and create specific plans for meeting those needs
    • Provide individuals with assistance, guidance and direction in obtaining health coverage
    • Collaborate with clinical staff and others to provide resources and educational materials
    • Conduct need assessments utilizing standardized tools and procedures in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Research & Communication
    • Assess healthcare services for gaps, then research and develop program plans to fill those gaps
    • Review and recommend culturally appropriate health education materials in a variety of effective mediums
    • Research and coordinate health information projects such as program catalogs, newsletters, displays and community events
    • Develop and conduct health education presentations on health-related topics.
    • Work effectively with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and identify appropriate recommendations to address health risks and issues
  • Community & Public Health
    • Provide coordinated care and monitoring through contact with individuals, families, medical entities, community providers and referral sources
    • Collaborate with a healthcare team, referral staff, and community partners to identify individuals in need of care coordination services
    • Plan and implement community health education programs that assist individuals and groups in recognizing and solving health problems through effective educational methods
    • Connect and refer families to appropriate culturally relevant resources and informal supports within their communities
    • Plan and conduct health risk screenings and retests at community locations
  • Healthcare Accessibility
    • Work directly with individuals in target areas to overcome barriers to care by providing health screenings, nutrition and health related education
    • Identify and execute strategies that remove barriers which impede access to healthcare, and prevent implementation of patient care plans
    • Assist patients with navigating the healthcare system and troubleshooting barriers to patient care
    • Work collaboratively with providers and agencies to provide access and services to target populations
  • Health & Wellness
    • Provide culturally-appropriate individual and group health education resources that promote self-management and lifestyle skills
    • Develop plans that promote wellness, reduce disparities, strengthen community partnerships and increase access to affordable healthcare
    • Assist in production and dissemination of materials centered on healthy living and wellness management
    • Effectively communicate health risk factors and wellness programs
    • Evaluate, organize and implement health risk reduction programs and community wellness promotions

Career Opportunities

  • Community Health Worker

    Community health workers advocate for the health needs of a population or for the awareness, prevention and treatment of a specific condition or disease, by conducting outreach, creating access to treatment options, and collecting data.

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  • Social and Human Service Assistant

    Human service assistants work under the direction of social workers or psychologists to help individuals accomplish tasks associated with daily living including finding employment, arranging transportation, filing for assistance programs, and training clients to be more self-sufficient.

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  • Social and Community Service Manager

    Social and community service managers gather data to identify and evaluate government and nonprofit programs and services, while also overseeing the administrative aspects of the programs and supervising the individuals who provide services.

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Employment Outlook

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2017

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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