Bachelor of Health Sciences

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will be able to apply knowledge from physical, biological, behavioral, business, and social aspects of health into inter-professional practice.
  • Students will be able to create (plan, implement, and evaluate) evidence-based health programs relevant to targeted populations and desired health outcomes.
  • Students will demonstrate professional conduct, and strong interpersonal skills in their chosen career path.
  • Students will be able to identify the specific challenges, and opportunities of improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities in diverse and urban environments.

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) Mission

Supporting the SoNHS’ mission to prepare the health professional workforce in improving health outcomes, the purpose of the Bachelor Health Sciences program is to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers in health or to pursue post-graduate education. Students will be able to apply knowledge as to how physical, biological, behavioral, and environmental factors influence individual and population health in their chosen health profession. Through an innovative combination of coursework, service learning, volunteerism, and a senior year internship, students will apply theoretical and scientific concepts in evidence-based approaches in diverse community settings.  

What is a Bachelor of Health Sciences?

With a comprehensive science-based curriculum, the Bachelor of  Health Sciences degree combines urban-focused coursework in health policy, health program development, health and wellness, and population health outcomes. With a combination of coursework, service learning, volunteerism, and a senior year internship, students will apply theoretical concepts in evidence-based health programming and policy development in community settings. The UMKC BHS Degree Program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in health or to pursue post-graduate education.  The program is offered through the UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies and includes coursework in the physical, biological, behavioral, business and social aspects of health.

Minor Options

The BHS requires completion of 120 credits of coursework, which includes elective coursework. Students are urged to align those elective classes within a targeted area of specialization. These minor options may enhance your marketability in the workplace.





What can I do with a Bachelor of Health Sciences?

The UMKC BHS Degree Program is the perfect choice for students who are interested in a career in health focusing on health prevention, health promotion, population health, and health behavior change. UMKC is offering the BHS Degree in response to the growing workforce demand for health professionals in a variety of areas including, personal health and wellness, social determinants of health, occupational health and safety, community health, and environmental health. Graduates may find career options in government settings, non-for profit organizations, community health centers, workplace health and wellness companies, and health promotion organizations.

Student Organization

BHS Society is a student organization centered around the health sciences field of study. The goals of this organization are to promote philanthropy within the community, advocate health education, and cultivate leadership among members.

Progression Policy

Students in the BHS program must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all Health Sciences courses and CHEM 206 (or equivalent).  They must earn a minimum grade of “D-” in non-Health Sciences courses. For a full list of courses and the required grade, refer to the Major Map.

This means that a grade below a “C-” in a Health Sciences/CHEM 206, or below a “D-” in a non-Health Sciences course will need to be repeated to earn a passing grade.

Students in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS) program are required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative University of Missouri GPA while enrolled in these programs. Students with GPAs that fall below the minimum 2.0 requirement are placed in one of the academic standing categories detailed at

Program Requirements

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate (offered via dual credit only)
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (satisfied in major requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS; satisfied in major requirements below)
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)3
Total Credits24

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Other Program Requirements

CHEM 206Human Nutrition3
Foreign Language 13
HLSC 120Anatomy & Physiology I4
or MOTRLIFS 150LAP MOTR Anatomy and Physiology focused Human Biology w/Lab
HLSC 160Anatomy and Physiology II4
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or MATH 116 or higher; or STAT 115 or MOTRMATH 110; or ACT Math Sub-score of 28 or higher; or SAT Math sub-score of 660 or higher; satisfies GE Math Pathway)3
PSYCH 210General Psychology3
Total Credits20

Major Requirements

GECRT-SS 111Health Issues in Aging (satisfies GECRT-SS essentials requirement)3
HLSC 101Introduction to Health Sciences2
HLSC 110Personal Wellness3
HLSC 125Medical Terminology1
HLSC 200First Aid / CPR1
HLSC 252Human Growth and Development3
HLSC 300Diversity in Health3
HLSC 310Healthcare Systems3
HLSC 325Human Sexuality3
HLSC 345Quantitative Analysis in the Health Sciences3
or STAT 235 Elementary Statistics
HLSC 410Epidemiology3
HLSC 430Health Program Management3
HLSC 440Ethics and Policy of Public Health Promotion3
HLSC 450Urban Health3
HLSC 460Global Health3
HLSC 470Technology, Marketing and Media in Health3
HLSC 476Research Methods in Health Sciences3
HLSC 480Leadership and Management in Health Professions3
HLSC 492Health Sciences Specialty Course 13
HLSC 494Health Science Internship 16
Total Credits58

 General Electives

General Electives15

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).