The Lewis College offers Health Sciences degrees to fit your needs whether you are starting your education with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) as a prerequisite to professional studies or want to pursue a scholarly terminal degree with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
NEW PH.D. PROGRAM
The new Ph.D. in Health Sciences degree program, the first of its kind in the state of Georgia, will educate future health researchers and educators. The new doctoral students are critical to reducing the shortage of health care professionals. Learn more.
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Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Sciences – Rehabilitation Sciences Track
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
WHAT IS THE B.I.S. IN HEALTH SCIENCES?
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) in Health Sciences is the ideal major for students planning to earn a graduate degree in a health profession including occupational therapy or physical therapy or for those pursuing an advanced degree at other universities.
The B.I.S. in health sciences with a concentration in interprofessional rehabilitation sciences curriculum is a 60 credit hour course of study beyond the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum. Students who start as freshman at Georgia State may declare a major in the B.I.S. in health sciences program by the time they have earned 45 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 2.5 to avoid a delay in graduation. Transfer students who meet admission requirements can declare the B.I.S. in health sciences major upon acceptance to Georgia State. There is no second admissions process for the B.I.S. degree in health sciences.
This degree program tailors coursework to the students’ needs. For example, a pre-physical therapy student can take the exact science sequence needed to apply to physical therapy programs and not waste time and money at the undergraduate level with unneeded classes. Students will also have tailored global or city experiences, which are either hands-on study abroad or local clinical experiences designed for their track.
Flexibility of the degree allows students to enroll full or part-time to get an education to meet the needs of health careers that may not yet exist.
WHAT IS THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN HEALTH SCIENCES?
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Sciences prepares dietitians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists with master’s or clinical doctorate degrees to be scholars and educators in the future.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences program, which requires a minimum of 60 credits, is available for full-time and part-time study, and coursework is hybrid. As part of Georgia State University, the largest urban university in Georgia, located in the heart of Atlanta, students have access to and collaborate with some of the finest healthcare facilities in the country. Exceptional learning opportunities await each student as they receive mentorship from elite faculty members to conduct state-of-the-art research projects to contribute to the scientific fields.
Students have the opportunity to present their research at local, state, national, and international meetings and learn how to be effective educators for future generations of healthcare professionals.
Concentrations in cardiopulmonary care, nutrition, occupational therapy and translational rehabilitation science.