Bachelor of Science in Health Science


If you desire to work in healthcare systems or organizations providing health-related services to individuals, groups or communities, then the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree is designed for you. Discover your passions within the healthcare field through hands-on experiential learning. Additionally, you will be prepared to transition to one of our graduate programs in occupational therapy, athletic training or nursing.


  • Gain understanding of the U.S. health care system and your role within it
  • Engage with and support diverse populations through health and wellness
  • Develop professional, communication and leadership skills necessary for a career in health care
  • Experience hands-on learning through fieldwork and community-based service learning programs


The Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) offers two pathways that lead to graduate study:


This 3+2 program allows you to earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s in five years. You’ll begin your graduate study in Spalding’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program while you complete your bachelor’s in health science. As a health science major at Spalding, you will receive a preferred status when applying to the MSAT program.


This an excellent pathway for you to reach your goal of becoming an occupational therapist. As a health science major at Spalding, you’ll have admission assurance to Spalding’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program when you meet the OTD program’s benchmarks. You’ll be eligible to apply for OTD admissions six months before you graduate (upon completion of 60 credit hours at Spalding). You can start your doctoral study once you’ve obtained your bachelor’s degree.


Healthcare occupations are projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.

Spalding is home to the first accredited professional master’s program in athletic training in the state of Kentucky and the only master’s level occupational therapy training program in Metro Louisville.

Career Options

Graduates with a bachelor’s in health science work in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • health care administration
  • hospitals
  • public health agencies
  • insurance companies
  • community organizations
  • rehabilitation facilities
  • health care coaching