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BS in Healthcare Studies


Students who earn an Associate of Science degree or have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and all general education requirements, are eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies Program.  Students will complete courses online and attend on-campus sessions once a semester.  Courses will be completed in two years over five semesters.  Courses will focus on the core functions of the U.S. healthcare system and strategies to promote population health. 

Possible careers for our graduates include: Community Health Worker or Community Advocate; Health Educator, Health Coach, or Worksite Wellness Coordinator; and Patient Advocate.  Some students may choose to apply to one of our well-established health professions programs, as well as others throughout the state. This includes MUSC graduate programs in;

  • Public Health,
  • Health Administration,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Physical Therapy,
  • Physician Assistant Studies, and
  • Cardiovascular Perfusion.

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:

  • An Associate of Science degree. Students who do not have an Associate in Science degree, must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours and 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

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

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 2018 Regular September 15, 2017 Rolling
(Classes begin August 20, 2018)
Fall 2019 Regular September 15, 2018 August 1, 2019

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.