BS in Healthcare Studies


Students who have completed a minimum of 72 credit hours, including all general education requirements, are eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies Program (BSHS).  While it is not required, strong candidates will have an Associate's degree or be certified or licensed healthcare professionals. Students will complete courses online and attend on-campus sessions once a semester.  Courses will be completed in one and a half years over four semesters.  Courses will focus on the core functions of the U.S. healthcare system and strategies to promote population health. 

At the Bachelor’s level, possible careers for our graduates include Health Educator, Worksite Wellness Coordinator, Patient Care Advocate, Patient Navigator, Non-profit or Government Health Professional.

Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Studies graduates may choose to apply to MUSC’s nationally recognized graduate programs, as well as others throughout the country.

Potential graduate programs include:

·         Public Health

·         Health Administration

·         Occupational Therapy

·         Physical Therapy

·         Physician Assistant Studies

·         Cardiovascular Perfusion

·         Medical Science

·         Nursing Research

·         Dentistry

·         Medicine

·         Pharmacy

Program Objectives

Through the program, students will develop an understanding of the determinants of health; develop creative and innovative health interventions for diverse populations; understand the strengths and limitations of research to interpret health data; and apply ethical and professional standards and values to health professions practice. These objectives are based on the necessary skills to obtain employment in a health promotion field or provide students who apply to graduate programs with a broader perspective of health.

To apply applicants must have the following:

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours, including all general education requirements. 
    • Including Probability and Statistics (or the equivalent Math course). This is a course prerequisite for the program.
    • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • A preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A résumé as outlined in the university application.
  • Two professional or academic references who can comment on the applicant’s capabilities and motivation. Recommendations from friends and/or family members are not accepted.
  • An essay as outlined in the university application.
  • Completed the university application.

Application Process

For program details applicants, are encouraged to contact Dr. Lauren Gellar, Director of the Division of Healthcare Studies, by email at or by phone at (843) 792-2210. 

Becca Barry, HCS Student Services Coordinator, is also available to assist you in the enrollment process, or (843) 792-5323.

In addition to the application itself, the applicant must complete supplemental materials. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts for each and every post-secondary institution even if listed as transfer credit on another transcript. Details and any forms needed will be provided within the application and will also be sent by email after submission of the online application.

International Applicants

MUSC’s BSHS degree program is unable to admit international students requiring an F-1 visa. Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or those holding other valid nonimmigrant visa classifications that allow participation in lawful study while in the United States.

Contact Information & Assistance

Assistance with… Contact…
Program details and admissions eligibility. Dr. Lauren Gellar, Director
(843) 792-2210
Application process and supplemental
materials submission.
Mrs. Jenny Damewood
(843) 792-2274
Program admissions and enrollment. Mrs. Rebecca Barry
(843) 792-5323

Important Application Dates

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2020  Regular September 15, 2019 August 15, 2020

Pre-enrollment Costs

Application Fee: $50 (Required to submit online application)
Matriculation Fee: $100 (Due when accepting admissions offer)

Distance Education Information

  • MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies from students who live in all state.
  • To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.