What is Health Science?

Science generally refers to a systematic activity that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about our world. It also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied. A practitioner of science is known as a scientist.

Anatomical DiagramHealth Science is an applied science that refers to the body of knowledge applicable in the practice of clinical health care and population health. Numerous disciplines and sub-disciplines comprise the Health Sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, neurophysiology, microbiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, immunology, clinical practice and many others.  Health scientists make discoveries about factors which impact health, disease, diagnostics and clinical practice and then translate those discoveries into a body of knowledge that supplies health professionals with the scientific evidence required to deliver safe and effective clinical health care and population health programs. 

At Sam Houston State University, academic degree programs in Clinical Health Care and Population Health are firmly grounded in the Health Sciences so that graduates are capable and proficient in the production, evaluation and application of evidence-based practices. To achieve that goal, students must successfully complete coursework in the health sciences prior to beginning their major program of study and are continually engaged in the production, evaluation, and application of the Health Sciences.


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