The Health Science major is a uniquely designed program that prepares students for medical school or to serve in careers across the health care industry, including public health, emergency management, gerontology, neuroscience and healthcare administration. SVSU offers courses and research initiatives that encourage students to explore everything from the unique struggles of diverse populations in urban and rural communities, to communication within an administrative environment. The program's core courses and Health Science electives provide a sound foundation in health and human services and allow room for individualized growth through additional electives and minors that pique the interests and passions of each student.
SVSU's Health Science program sets the bar for cultivating a community of learners who are passionate and determined to grow and adapt to a changing medical climate. Throughout their collegiate journey, health science students receive an integrated blend of classroom, laboratory, internship, study abroad and experiential learning tailored towards improving human health through scientific research. From American healthcare systems to the principles and policies of public health, the professors at SVSU equip students to understand health and human services on a local, national and international level. Health Science majors connect and advocate within these multidisciplinary systems and become role models within their chosen professions, whether they pursue direct patient care or non-clinical positions.
SVSU's faculty are widely published and have presented internationally, received numerous research grants and pride themselves on including undergraduate students in their research projects.
Study abroad! Students have the opportunity to learn about the health systems of different countries and apply their knowledge to disaster relief areas.
Internships and fieldwork opportunities are available for students to gain experience working in the health science field.
SVSU's Health and Human Services building contains a state-of-the-art Simulation Center.
Our Students After Graduation...
Michigan Eye Institute
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
University of Michigan Health Systems
Karmanos Cancer Institute
Autism Centers of Michigan
Residential Options Inc.
Saginaw Valley State University
Western Michigan University
University of Michigan
Direct Care Worker
Youth Services Worker
Registered Behavior Technician
- 18%: projected growth for the employment of medical and health services managers through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- $99,730 is the median yearly pay for medical and health service managers in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Health Science program, graduates can work in many fields like public health and hospital administration, or continue their education to fulfill positions as doctors and physician assistants.
The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.
Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.