Students interested in health care have a variety of academic options. The Human Health Sciences (HHS) baccalaureate program was created to address the need for a well prepared health care work force. Graduates of this program will have a strong foundation in competencies necessary to deliver high quality health care in an interprofessional, dynamic environment. This program is not intended to replace traditional pathways to health care careers; instead, it is intended to offer a unique alternative for those who seek careers in health care and the health professions. Specifically, the degree offers eight options for students interested in future graduate or professional study: Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs.
Admission into the Human Health Sciences baccalaureate program is highly competitive. The Human Health Sciences program employs a comprehensive admissions model in which a number of factors are evaluated. Admissions information, including evaluation criteria and application deadlines can be found on the program’s website: www.uky.edu/chs/human-health-sciences/admissions.
Human Health Sciences students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a C or higher in all courses required for the degree in order to graduate. A D or E in any course, or term GPA below 3.0, will result in HHS probation. Failure to regain good standing during probation semester may result in HHS suspension.
Required Courses for the Major
All HHS degree seeking students are required to complete ten courses totaling 31 credits. These courses provide students with comprehensive knowledge of healthcare and related issues and the initial competencies essential for the profession. Courses have a particular focus on interprofessional healthcare delivery.
Prerequisite Courses Unique to Each Option
These courses are consistent with the prerequisite requirements for each option program (Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant). Students will be advised accordingly to ensure they have met the course requirements for their program of interest.
Required Core Courses - Non-HHS
These courses are intended to support students’ preparation in the sciences and better prepare them for healthcare careers or entry into professional degree programs.
Prerequisite Courses Recommended But Not Required
The Dentistry, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy options have courses that are recommended, but not required. Students will be encouraged to take these courses, although taking these courses may extend their program. However, students completing the prerequisite recommended courses are traditionally more competitive for admission to future graduate and professional programs.
Track Related Major Requirements
The Dentistry and Physician Assistant options require an additional major course. For Dentistry, the course is HHS 450 - INTRODUCTION TO DENTISTRY (3 credits). For Physician Assistant, the course is HHS 451 - INTRODUCTION TO MEDICINE (2 credits).
The University has many courses that add to the students’ course of study. Students will be advised accordingly.
For more information, visit: www.uky.edu/chs/hhs
Jami Warren, Ph.D.
HHS Director of Undergraduate Studies
Amy Karr, M.A.
Rebecca Serrano, MBA
Student Success and Financial Wellness Coordinator