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South Florida: Bachelor of Health Science Majors Find New Home

Have you noticed more students in the lobby and walking around the halls of the University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) lately? If so, don’t worry ― your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. This semester marks the first in which an influx of new faculty, staff and students from the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program call the COPH home.

The major was first introduced in 2012 and has become wildly popular on campus because of the flexibility it offers.

The major gives students who don’t want to pigeonhole themselves into a medical school oriented curriculum in the biomedical sciences an opportunity to explore the multitude of careers in the health care field. Those careers include everything from occupational therapy to social work to behavioral health.

“There are a lot of other professions in the health field outside of medicine, such as physical therapy, physician assistants, management and health information sciences,” said Dr. Claudia Cooperman, long time director of the Heath Sciences Program and new assistant dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Public Health. “This major was designed for students who want to go into a health profession and are interested in an interdisciplinary program of study with a curriculum that can be applied to a wide variety of fields.”

The BSHS, which formerly resided in the College of Arts and Sciences, has moved in order to integrate itself more into the USF Health community and streamline opportunities for majors.

“There were so many students interested in health and health care, but we were missing the link between main campus and the USF Health side of campus, where students could see all the opportunities available to them,” said Dr. Cooperman.

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