Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Health Sciences (HLS) with a concentration in Aging Health Studies and Health Information Technology (HIT)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 51.0000

College of Arts & Sciences

Major Description

This degree program is designed for those interested in health science, the health care industry and the allied health professions. The degree has a flexible curriculum so students can choose an area of specialization to suit their career interests. Career choices after graduation include working in health related nonprofit organizations, governmental and community agencies, medical records, patient education, geriatric care settings, diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and wellness facilities and businesses. Students graduating with this degree may enter the workforce or continue their education in a variety of fields that might include advanced degree programs in Health Management, Physical or Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Health Administration, Healthcare Informatics, Communication Disorders and Social Work to name a few. (This degree has greater flexibility and students may have more exposure to social science, business and humanities courses than the more natural science and mathematics intensive degrees sometimes required for the professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine; for these see the health professions section in this catalog).

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

  • BSC XXXXC or BSC X007/X007L or BSC X005/X005L or BSC X010/X010L
  • MAC X105
  • PSY X012
  • STA XXXX or STA X023 or STA X014
  • DEP X053 or DEP X004 or DEP X000 or CLP X140
  • APK X0105C or BSC X085/X085L or (BSC X093 and BSC X094)
  • ENC X210 or ENC X254

Total Major Hours: 64 Hours

Major Core Courses - 34 Hours

Concentration Core Courses - 30 Hours

Aging Health Studies courses (students must take 15 hours from this list):

  • BSC 3022 Biology of Aging
  • GEY 3601 Physical Changes and Aging
  • GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults
  • GEY 4360 Counseling for Older Adults
  • GEY 4507 Understanding Policies and Practices of Long Term Care
  • GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
  • GEY 4628 Health, Ethnicity, and Aging
  • GEY 4641 Death and Dying
  • GEY 4935 Special Topics in Gerontology*
  • HSC 4211 Health, Behavior & Society
  • HSC 4630 Understanding U.S. Healthcare
  • LIS 4930 Selected Topics in Information Studies*
  • MHS 4931 Selected Topics*
  • PAD 4930 Selected Topics in Public Administration and Public Policy*
  • PHC 4931 Health Care Ethics
  • SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System
  • SPA 3002 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • SPA 4257 Adult Communication Disorders

Health Information Technology courses (students must take 15 hours from this list):

  • ISM 3113 Systems Analysis and Design
  • LIS 3261 Introduction to Information Science
  • LIS 3352 Interaction Design
  • LIS 3353 IT Concepts for Information Professionals
  • LIS 3361 World Wide Web Page Design and Management
  • LIS 3783 Information Architecture 
  • LIS 4204 Information Behaviors
  • LIS 4365 Web Design Technologies
  • LIS 4380 Information and Social Media
  • LIS 4414 Information Policy and Ethics
  • LIS 4477 Clinical Decision Support
  • LIS 4482 Networks and Communication
  • LIS 4776 Health Information Technology
  • LIS 4779 Health Information Security
  • LIS 4785 Introduction to Health Informatics
  • LIS 4930 Selected Topics in Information Studies*
  • PAD 4712 Managing Information Resources in the Public Sector
  • SPC 4930 Selected Topics: Online Communication

*See Health Sciences Advisor for approval.

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