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  • Health Science

    The health science program leading to the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree includes didactic and experiential activities for students to learn the foundation skills necessary for success in the dynamic health environment.

    About This Major

    Overview

    The program has two major goals: to teach foundational skills to students whose career goal is to work in health care, particularly for those who want to become health care providers, and to teach foundational skills to students who want to work with individuals, groups or communities who face social, economic or health challenges. In addition, interested students have the opportunity to explore a combined-degree program in public health.

    The college offers five specializations in the freshman and sophomore years: health science general, preprofessional, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy and pre-public health.

    • The health science general specialization is designed for students who want to work in a health care field not mentioned in the other specializations below. The number of electives allowed in this specialization affords the student the opportunity to incorporate a range of prerequisites for different career paths.
    • The health science preprofessional specialization is designed for students pursuing careers in fields such as medicine, physician assistant and dentistry, all of which require significant basic science prerequisites. This specialization is set up to integrate commonly required preprofessional courses with requirements for the health science major.
    • The pre-occupational therapy specialization offers the core health science curriculum plus OT prerequisites necessary for the Master of Occupational Therapy program at UF.
    • The pre-physical therapy specialization offers a suggested prerequisite course sequence for students interested in pursuing entry-level physical therapy education at the graduate/professional level.
    • The health science pre-public health specialization is designed for students who want to pursue public health as a career or who would like to acquire foundational knowledge in public health to complement another health career.
    • The health science general, preprofessional and pre-PT specializations collapse into one track beginning in the junior year and follow the same core curriculum, focusing on the health care system, different diseases and disabilities, the role of the health care provider in prevention and treatment, research methods and understanding core public health concepts. The senior year focuses on patient provider communication, effective leadership and critical-thinking skills important to clinical problem solving and the bioethical and legal issues impacting health care.

      Regardless of specialization selected, students complement core courses with electives to round out their academic skills and interests.

      Upon successful completion of the health science program, students receive the Bachelor of Health Science degree. While the majority of students pursue graduate or professional training in a health field (e.g. occupational therapy, physical therapy, medicine, physician assistant, health administration, dentistry, public health), some students seek employment in hospital or related community organizations after completing the B.H.S.

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      Course Sequence

      While all specializations are designed for students interested in health care, students should select the specialization that most closely approximates their career plans and overall academic performance. Included in specific tracks are typical prerequisites for UF graduate and professional programs.

      All course specializations in the health science program require a minimum 3.0 overall and prerequisite GPA for admission at the junior level.

      Each specialization incorporates general education math and writing requirements and health science prerequisites. All specializations accept AP or IB credit for one prerequisite course. All other prerequisite courses must be completed with minimum grades of C at the university level. Students should consult a college adviser if they need assistance or have questions about a specific course schedule.

      Students must apply by February 1 for Summer B or Fall admission. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of Summer A. However, for admission consideration at the junior level, all students must have completed BSC 2005 or 2010, PSY 2012, STA 2023 and either CLP 3144 or DEP 3052 or equivalents before the application deadline. Other remaining prerequisites should be in progress at the time of application or completed by the end of the Summer A term.

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      General Health Science

      The general specialization is designed to accommodate students interested in diverse health care fields (e.g., health administration, nursing, clinical psychology).

      To be on-track for the junior year, students must meet the critical-tracking criteria listed below, beginning with the first fall or spring term.

      To be considered for admission at the junior level, students must:

      • Remain on track each fall and spring term, for a total of four semesters.
      • Complete the following prerequisites: APK 2105C, BSC 2005 or BSC 2010, PSY 2012, STA 2023, CLP 3144 or DEP 3053 or equivalents by the end of the fourth semester.
      • The online application to the BHS program goes live as a link of the BHS website in November. Apply formally to the college by the February 1 deadline. Transfer students must apply separately to UF and to the college so they must submit two different applications.

      Off-track UF freshmen and sophomores must speak with a college adviser before registering for the next semester and prior to applying for junior-year admission consideration.

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      Critical Tracking

      To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

      Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

      Semester 1

      • Complete ENC 1101 or ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 credits of general education courses, including ENC 1101 or higher, with minimum grades of C
      • 2.3 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 2

      • Complete STA 2023 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete PSY 2012 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18, including the university writing requirement
      • 2.7 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 3

      • Complete BSC 2005 or BSC 2010 with minimum grade of C
      • Complete CLP 3144 or DEP 3053 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete STA 2023 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 4

      • Complete all general education courses, including IUF 1000 and all state core courses
      • Complete the university writing requirement, which must include ENC 3451 Writing for the Health Professions or a substitution approved by a PHHP adviser
      • Complete APK 2105C with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 60 cumulative credits
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses and minimum grades of C on all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions
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      Recommended Semester Plan

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

      Semester 1 Credits
      ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (State Core GE-C) (WR)
      3
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
      Elective​ 3​
      Biological or Physical Science (GE-B/P) 3
      Mathematics (GE-M) 3
      Total 15
      Semester 2 Credits
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (State Core GE-M) 3
      HSC 2000 Introduction to Health Professions or Elective 3
      PSY 2012 General Psychology (State Core GE-S) 3
      Composition (GE-C) (WR) 3
      Humanities (State Core GE-H and N or D) 3
      Total 15
      Semester 3 Credits
      BSC 2005 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics or
      BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (State Core GE-B)
      3
      CLP 3144 Abnormal Psychology or
      DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (GE-S)
      3
      Humanities (GE-H and D or N) or
      Social and Behavioral Science (S) or
      Biological or Physical Science (GE-B/P)
      3
      Composition (GE-C) (WR) 3
      Elective 3
      Total 15
      Semester 4 Credits
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B) 4
      ENC 3451 Writing for the Health Professions (WR) 3
      Electives​ 5
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
      Total 15

      Critical-Tracking Criteria Semesters 5-8

      • Students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated, with the exception of Introduction to Statistics 2, which must be completed by the end of spring term of the junior year.
      • Minimum grades of C are required in all health science core courses, which appear in bold.
      Semester 5 Credits
      HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System 3
      HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 3
      PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts 3
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
      Approved college elective 3
      Total 15
      Semester 6 Credits
      HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science 3
      HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2 3
      OTH 3416 Pathophysiology 3
      Approved college elective 3
      Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 15
      Semester 7 Credits
      HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team 3
      HSC 4184 Health Care Leadership: Skills and Styles 3
      RCS 4415L Therapeutic Communication Skills Laboratory 3
      Approved college elective 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 6
      Total 15
      Semester 8 Credits
      HSC 4608L Critical Thinking in Health Care 4
      HSC 4652L Ethical and Legal Issues in the Health Professions 3
      HSC 4930 Professional Development for the Health Sciences 1
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 7
      Total 15
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      Pre-Occupational Therapy

      Occupational therapy is a graduate-level program. The preprofessional OT track within the health science program gives students the opportunity to learn core health science content while simultaneously completing 3000/4000-level prerequisite coursework required for the graduate-level occupational therapy program at UF.

      To be admitted to the pre-OT track, students must have completed all 2000-level prerequisites required for the master's program in occupational therapy and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who make satisfactory academic progress in their health science and pre-OT coursework receive the Bachelor of Health Science and, while admission to the OT program is not guaranteed, students in the pre-OT track have priority for admission to the graduate-level OT program.

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      Critical Tracking

      To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

      Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

      Semester 1

      • Complete BSC 2005 and BSC 2005L with minimum grades of C
      • Complete ENC 1101 or ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete sociology or anthropology with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 credits of general education courses, including ENC 1101 or higher, with minimum grades of C
      • 2.3 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 2

      • Complete ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete HSC 2000 with a minimum grade of C (recommended)
      • Complete PSY 2012 and HSC 3537 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18
      • Complete 28 cumulative credits
      • 2.7 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 3

      • Complete 3 additional critical-tracking courses: APK 2100C or APK 2105C, CLP 3144 and STA 2023 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27
      • Complete ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions or a substitution approved by a PHHP adviser
      • Complete 42 cumulative credits
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 4

      • Complete all laboratories
      • Complete all general education courses, including IUF 1000
      • Complete the university writing requirement
      • Complete 60 cumulative credits
      • Complete all critical-tracking courses with no grade below C and with a 3.0 critical-tracking GPA
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions
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      Recommended Semester Plan

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

      Semester 1 Credits
      BSC 2005 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (3) and
      BSC 2005L Biological Sciences Laboratory (1) (State Core GE-B)
      4
      ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (State Core GE-C, WR)
      3
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
      Elective 2
      Sociology or anthropology course (GE-S) 3
      Total 15
      Semester 2 Credits
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (GE-C, WR) 3
      HSC 2000 Introduction to Health Professions (recommended) 3
      HSC 3537 Health and Medical Terminology 3
      PSY 2012 General Psychology (State Core GE-S) 3
      Mathematics (State Core GE-M) 3
      Total 15

      Students can complete missing coursework in the summer, but all first-year tracking criteria must be completed by the end of the summer term.

      Semester 3 Credits
      APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory (4) (GE-B) or
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B)
      4
      CLP 3144 Abnormal Psychology 3
      ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions (WR) 3
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
      Humanities (State Core GE-H and D) 3
      Total 16
      Semester 4 Credits
      APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory (recommended) (4) (GE-B) or
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B)
      4
      Electives 5-6
      Humanities (GE-H and N) 3
      Writing requirement course (WR) 3
      Total 15-16

      Critical-Tracking Criteria Semesters 5-8

      • Students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated, with the exception of Introduction to Statistics, which must be completed by the end of spring term of the junior year.
      • Minimum grades of C are required in all health science core courses and pre-OT coursework, which appear in bold.
      Semester 5 Credits
      HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System 3
      HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 3
      OTH 3200C Applied Human Development 1 3
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
      Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 15
      Semester 6 Credits
      HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science 4
      HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2 3
      OTH 3201 Applied Human Development 2 2
      OTH 3416 Pathophysiology 3
      PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts 3
      Total 15
      Semester 7 Credits
      HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team 2
      HSC 4184 Health Care Leadership: Skills and Styles 3
      OTH 4418 and 4418L The Nervous System and Disorders (3) and The Nervous System and Disorders Laboratory (2) 5
      RCS 4415L Therapeutic Communication Skills Laboratory 1
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 14
      Semester 8 Credits
      HSC 4608L Critical Thinking in Health Care 4
      HSC 4652L Ethical and Legal Issues in the Health Professions 3
      OTH 3413C Applied Kinesiology 3
      OTH 4412 and 4412L Musculoskeletal Anatomy (3) and Musculoskeletal Anatomy Laboratory (2) 5
      Total 15
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      Pre-Physical Therapy

      Physical therapy is a doctoral-level program. Listed below is the suggested undergraduate prerequisite course sequence. For a description of the program and additional information, please refer to the Department of Physical Therapy.

      Course Sequence

      The following course sequence permits completion of general education requirements and UF health science and physical therapy prerequisites.

      The pre-PT program accepts AP or IB credit for one health science prerequisite course. All other prerequisite courses must be completed with minimum grades of C. Students should consult a college adviser if they have questions.

      To be admitted to the pre-PT track, students must meet the health science critical-tracking criteria each semester, beginning with the first fall or spring term. To be considered for admission at the junior level, students must remain on track each fall and spring term, for a total of four semesters. Students also must submit an application to the college. Transfer students must apply to UF in addition to applying to the college.

      The online application to the BHS program goes live as a link of the BHS website in November. Apply formally to the college by the February 1 deadline. Transfer students must apply separately to UF and to the college so they must submit two different applications.

      Off-track UF freshmen and sophomores must speak with a college adviser before registering for the next semester and prior to applying for junior-year admission consideration.

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      Critical Tracking

      To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

      Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

      Semester 1

      • Complete ENC 1101 or ENC 1102
      • Complete MAC 1140 or MAC 1147 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete PSY 2012 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 credits of general education courses, including ENC 1101 or higher, with minimum grades of C
      • 2.3 GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 2

      • Complete ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete BSC 2010 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete STA 2023 or DEP 3053 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18
      • 2.7 GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 3

      • Complete APK 2105C, BSC 2010, DEP 3053, STA 2023 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 4

      • Complete HSC 2000 with a minimum grade of C (recommended)
      • Complete all general education courses
      • Complete the university writing requirement, which must include ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions or a substitution approved by a PHHP adviser
      • Complete 60 cumulative credits
      • Complete all critical-tracking courses with no grades below C and with a 3.0 critical-tracking GPA
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions
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      Recommended Semester Plan

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

      Semester 1 Credits
      CHM 1025 Introduction to Chemistry 2
      ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (State Core GE-C, WR)
      3
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
      MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra (3) or
      MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (4) (State Core GE-M)
      3-4
      PSY 2012 General Psychology (State Core GE-S) 3
      Total 14-15
      Semester 2 Credits
      BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory (1) (State Core GE-B) 4
      CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (GE-C, WR) 3
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics (GE-M) or
      DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology
      3
      Humanities (State Core GE-H, WR) 3
      Total 17
      Summer Credits
      CHM 2046 and 2046L General Chemistry 2 (3) and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
      Total 4
      Semester 3 Credits
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory 4
      DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology or
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics (GE-M)
      3
      ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions (WR) 3
      PHY 2053 and 2053L Physics 1 (4) and Physics 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 5
      Total 15
      Semester 4 Credits
      APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory 4
      PHY 2054 and 2054L Applied Physics 2 (4) and Applied Physics 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 5
      Humanities (GE-H and N) 3
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S, WR) 3
      Total 15

      Critical-Tracking Criteria Semesters 5-8

      • Students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated, with the exception of Introduction to Statistics 2, which must be completed by the end of spring term of the junior year.
      • Minimum grades of C are required in all health science core courses, which appear in bold.
      Semester 5 Credits
      HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System 3
      HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disability 3
      PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts 3
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 4
      Total 16
      Semester 6 Credits
      HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science 4
      HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2 3
      OTH 3416 Pathophysiology 3
      Approved college elective 6
      Total 16
      Semester 7 Credits
      HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team 2
      HSC 4184 Health Care Leadership: Skills and Styles 3
      RCS 4415L Therapeutic Communication Skills Laboratory 1
      Approved college elective 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 6
      Total 15
      Semester 8 Credits
      HSC 4608L Critical Thinking in Health Care 4
      HSC 4652L Ethical and Legal Issues in the Health Professions 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 6
      Total 13

      The health science program requires 120 credits for degree. Students following the pre-PT guidelines will require more than 120 credits and includes all pre-professional coursework.

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      Preprofessional

      Students interested in health careers requiring strong basic science backgrounds, such as medicine and physician assistant programs, should enroll in the preprofessional specialization.

      Additional science coursework is included within the track to help students meet preprofessional course requirements, but this coursework is not required for the health science program unless it appears in bold.

      Students should meet with a pre-health adviser in the Academic Advising Center (100 Farrior Hall) and a PHHP adviser to ensure adequate preparation for professional entrance exams and the professional school application process. Students are responsible for ensuring they have the correct prerequisites for the professional program of their choice.

      To be on track for the junior year, students must meet the critical-tracking criteria listed below, beginning with the first fall or spring term. All critical-tracking courses appear in bold. To be considered for admission at the junior level, students must remain on track each fall and spring term, for a total of four semesters.

      The online application to the BHS program goes live as a link of the BHS website in November. Apply formally to the college by the February 1 deadline. Transfer students must apply separately to UF and to the college so they must submit two different applications.

      Off-track UF freshmen and sophomores must speak with a college adviser before registering for the next semester and prior to applying for junior-year admission consideration.

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      Critical Tracking

      To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

      Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

      Semester 1

      • Complete PSY 2012, and ENC 1101 or ENC 1102 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 credits of general education courses, including ENC 1101 or ENC 1102, with minimum grades of C
      • 2.3 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 2

      • Complete ENC 1101 or 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete DEP 3053 or CLP 3144 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete STA 2023 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18
      • 2.7 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 3

      • Complete APK 2105C and BSC 2010 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 4

      • Complete all general education courses
      • Complete the university writing requirement, which must include ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions or a substitution approved by a PHHP adviser
      • Complete 60 cumulative credits
      • Complete all critical-tracking courses with no grades below C and with a 3.0 critical-tracking GPA
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions
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      Recommended Semester Plan

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

      Semester 1 Credits
      ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (State Core GE-C, WR)
      3
      MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (State Core GE-M) 4
      PSY 2012 General Psychology (State Core GE-S) 3
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (sociology recommended; GE-S) 3
      Total 13
      Semester 2 Credits
      CHM 2045 and 2045L General Chemistry 1 (3) and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (1) (State Core GE-P) 4
      DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology or
      CLP 3144 Abnormal Psychology (GE-S)
      3
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (GE-C, WR) 3
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 3
      Total 16
      Summer Credits
      CHM 2046 and 2046L General Chemistry 2 (3) and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 4
      Humanities (GE-H) 3
      Total 7
      Semester 3 Credits
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B) 4
      BSC 2010 and 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
      ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions (WR) 3
      Humanities (State Core GE-H) 3
      Total 14
      Semester 4 Credits
      APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory * 4
      BSC 2011 and 2011L Integrated Principles of Biology 2 (3) and Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-B) 4
      CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 3
      PHY 2053 and 2053L Physics 2 (4) and Physics 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 5
      Total 16
      Summer Credits
      CHM 2211 and 2211L Organic Chemistry (3) and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2) and/or
      Electives (three at 3000-level)
      5-8
      Total 5-8

      * APK 2100C may not be required for your career goal.

      Critical-Tracking Criteria Semesters 5-8

      • Students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated, with the exception of Introduction to Statistics 2, which must be completed by the end of spring term of the junior year.
      • Minimum grades of C are required in all health science core courses, which appear in bold.
      Semester 5 Credits
      HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System 3
      HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disability 3
      PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts 3
      PHY 2054 and 2054L Physics 2 (4) and Physics 2 Laboratory (1) (GE-P) 5
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
      Total 17
      Semester 6 Credits
      BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
      HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science 4
      HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2 3
      OTH 3416 Pathophysiology 3
      Total 14
      Semester 7 Credits
      HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team 2
      HSC 4184 Health Care Leadership: Skills and Styles 3
      RCS 4415L Therapeutic Communication Skills Laboratory 1
      Approved college electives 6
      Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 15
      Semester 8 Credits
      HSC 4608L Critical Thinking in Health Care 4
      HSC 4652L Ethical and Legal Issues in the Health Professions 3
      Approved college elective 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 4
      Total 14

      The health science program requires 120 credits for degree. Students following the preprofessional guidelines will require more than 120 credits and includes all pre-professional coursework.

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      Pre-Public Health

      The pre-public health specialization is designed primarily for students who want to pursue advanced degree work in public health or a related field. It is also appropriate for those who want to acquire foundational public health knowledge before continuing to graduate or professional school or who will work in a health-care setting after graduation. In order to be on track for pre-public health at the junior level, students must meet the critical-tracking criteria listed below, beginning with their first fall or spring term.

      To be considered for admission at the junior level, students must:

      • Remain on track each fall and spring term, for a total of four semesters.
      • Complete APK 2105C, BSC 2005 or BSC 2010, PSY 2012 and STA 2023 by the end of semester 3.
      • The online application to the BHS program goes live as a link of the BHS website in November. Apply formally to the college by the February 1 deadline. Transfer students must apply separately to UF and to the college so they must submit two different applications.

      Off-track UF freshmen and sophomores must speak with a college adviser before registering for the next semester and prior to applying for junior-year admission consideration.

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      Critical Tracking

      To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

      Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

      Semester 1

      • Complete ENC 1101 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 credits of general education courses, including ENC 1101 or higher, with minimum grades of C
      • 2.3 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 2

      • Complete BSC 2005 or BSC 2010 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete PSY 2012 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete ENC 1102 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 18, and including the university writing requirement
      • 2.7 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 3

      • Complete CLP 3144 or DEP 3053 with a minimum grade of C
      • Complete APK 2105C and STA 2023 with minimum grades of C
      • Complete 9 additional credits of general education courses for a total of 27
      • 3.0 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions

      Semester 4

      • Complete all general education courses
      • Complete the university writing requirement, which must include ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions or a substitution approved by a PHHP adviser
      • Complete 60 cumulative credits
      • Complete all critical-tracking courses with no grades below C and with a 3.0 critical-tracking GPA, based on all attempts
      • 3.0 cumulative GPA on work from all institutions
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      Recommended Semester Plan

      To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

      Semester 1 Credits
      ENC 1101 Expository and Argumentative Writing or higher-level English course (State Core GE-C, WR) 3
      IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H) 3
      Biological or Physical Science (State Core GE-B or P) 3
      Elective 3
      Mathematics (State Core GE-M) 3
      Total 15
      Semester 2 Credits
      BSC 2005 Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics or
      BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (GE-B)
      3
      ENC 1102 Argument and Persuasion (GE-C, WR) 3
      HSC 2000 Introduction to Health Professions 3
      PSY 2012 General Psychology (State Core GE-S) 3
      Humanities (State Core GE-H and N; WR) 3
      Total 15
      Semester 3 Credits
      APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory (GE-B) 4
      CLP 3144 Abnormal Psychology or
      DEP 3053 Developmental Psychology (GE-S)
      3
      STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (GE-M) 3
      Electives 5
      Total 15
      Semester 4 Credits
      ENC 3254 Writing for the Health Professions (WR) 3
      Electives​ 6​
      Humanities (GE-H and D, or H and N; WR) 3
      Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
      Total 15

      Critical-Tracking Criteria Semesters 5-8

      • Students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated, with the exception of Introduction to Statistics 2, which must be completed by the end of spring term of the junior year.
      • Minimum grades of C are required in all pre-public health core courses, which appear in bold.
      Semester 5 Credits
      HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System 3
      HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disability 3
      PHC 3603 Critical Issues in Public Health 3
      PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts 3
      STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 3
      Total 15
      Semester 6 Credits
      HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science 4
      HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2; 3
      PHC 3440 Global Public Health 3
      Approved college elective 3
      Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 16
      Semester 7 Credits
      HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team 2
      PHC 4024 Applied Epidemiology 3
      RCS 4415L Communication Skills Laboratory 1
      Approved college electives 6
      Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
      Total 15
      Semester 8 Credits
      PHC 4117 Public Health Management and Leadership 3
      PHC 4943 Service Learning Practicum 1 3
      RCS 4451 Public Health Aspects of Substance Use 3
      Electives, 3000/4000 level 5
      Total 14
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majors: health-science