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Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Healthcare and Business Major requirements

 The healthcare sector is rapidly evolving.  More jobs are being created in healthcare-related industries than any other sector of the US economy. The Healthcare and Business major is an excellent option that allows students to pursue a wide variety of career paths within healthcare focused industries. Following successful completion of this bachelor's degree, students are well prepared to go directly into the workforce in a variety of areas (red and blue areas below) or into graduate programs (green and yellow areas below.)


BSHS career paths

Admission Information: Prospective Students

Helpful suggestions for high school students who are interested in the Healthcare and Business major:

  • Take challenging courses during your high school years. Choose being challenged over an "easy A." 
  • If your school offers Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, take the standardized exams at the end of those courses.  Scores of at least 4 on AP exams, or at least 5 on IB exams, will earn college credit for the respective course at Butler. Specific AP/IB course suggestions for those interested in the Healthcare and Business major include biology, calculus, chemistry, macroeconomics, microeconomics, psychology, and statistics. Studies suggest that AP exam scores are a very strong predictor of college success. AP exam scores may be a better predictor of college success than high school GPA. 
  • Prepare well for the ACT (or SAT).
  • Actively participate in the clubs (such as DECA or HOSA), programs, or enrichment opportunities offered by your high school that focus on business or healthcare.
  • Admission preference will be given to students who meet the following criteria:
    • High school weighted GPA at least 3.3 
    • ACT composite of at least 26 or SAT combined critical reading and math of at least 1280, with no subsection below 530
    • Four years of science and math in high school 
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Does your long term goal include a patient care-focused graduate program (such as a medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy or optometry program) and you are unsure which undergraduate major to declare? If so, you may find these suggestions helpful in your decision making process. 

Change of Major Information: Current Butler Students

Students who have completed two or more full semesters at Butler, and who have achieved academic success in no less than three substantial science, math, or business courses are eligible to apply for a change of major. (At least two of those courses should be science courses.) Note AP, IB, or dual credit courses taken while in high school do not count toward this three course requirement.  Applicants will be evaluated on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, their demonstrated academic ability, professional conduct, and desired career path.  Applications will be accepted anytime after qualifications are met (and grades finalized), however students are more likely to have a their application reviewed prior to their course enrollment windows opening if applications are received prior to October 1st in the fall semester, or prior to March 1st in the spring semester.  For more information and a change of major application, please contact Tina Vawter at or 317-940-9655. 


This curriculum blends healthcare and business courses in a creative, unique, and flexible fashion. In addition to the Butler Core Curriculum, Healthcare and Business majors are required to complete courses in Excel, accounting, economics, marketing, statistics, information technology, general chemistry, biology, human anatomy & physiology, and the following courses focused on the business of healthcare

  • BSHS 110, Introduction to Healthcare
  • EI 201, Real Business Experience
  • BSHS 215, Medical Terminology 
  • BSHS 225, Interprofessional Health Education
  • BSHS 230, Healthcare Systems and Policy
  • BSHS 290, Exploring Public Health
  • EC 346, Healthcare Economics
  • MK 386, Healthcare Marketing
  • MS 377, Healthcare Information & Technology Management 
  • BSHS 340, Healthcare Communications
  • BSHS 350, Health Disparities
  • BSHS 360, Healthcare Ethics
  • BSHS 430, Healthcare Quality & Improvement
  • BSHS 450, Healthcare Biostatistics
  • BSHS 460, Evidence Based Healthcare 

Additionally, students complete no less than 12 hours of elective courses. There are over 60 elective courses to choose from, allowing students to customize their educational experience to best meet their career goals.
Current students will find the most current curriculum documents on the COPHS Resources section of Canvas. Students not currently in COPHS may contact Tina Vawter or 317-940-9655 for curricular documents. 

Student Learning Outcomes for the Healthcare and Business Program

Students successfully completing this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ethical, professional, collaborative, and culturally-sensitive behavior in business and healthcare settings
  • Integrate natural & social sciences and healthcare fundamentals with business principles to solve complex problems and optimize health outcomes
  • Locate, critically analyze, and apply data in a manner that supports evidence-based healthcare
  • Communicate effectively with laypersons, health professionals, and business leaders on health and business-related matters