Bachelors of Science in Care, Health & Society

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Care, Health & Society (CHS) emphasizes the skills needed across the helping professions, including medicine, nursing, counseling, ministry, community services, teaching, and related fields that nurture the physical, emotional, and social well-being of clients. The CHS program also supports a major goal of the Arizona Health Sciences Center by integrating the various practices of these different occupations. The CHS program offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and provides the foundational knowledge and internship experiences needed to succeed.


The CHS program equips students who plan to pursue careers in medicine, public health, nursing, and other caring professions with a broader perspective that integrates the social dimensions of health and healthcare. All of human life occurs in the context of social interaction, groups, culture, social institutions, and social structures. The CHS program seeks to train students to understand the social dimensions of health and healthcare to inform public health initiatives and the provision of individual healthcare. The CHS program is designed to complement training in the public health and healthcare professions, to provide students with the social toolkit necessary to address persistent population health issues and barriers to healthcare delivery.


The CHS degree is innovative, interdisciplinary, and applied. The degree is innovative because it provides students with a rare opportunity to focus their undergraduate studies on the social dimensions of health and healthcare. Some of the important issues explored in core CHS courses include:


  • The background requirements of health and caring professions
  • Principles of inter-professional collaboration
  • Ethics in the health and caring professions
  • Patterns of population health disparities


The degree is interdisciplinary in two respects. First, the CHS curriculum requires courses from a range of sciences (social, psychological, behavioral, natural, and health) and humanities (English, philosophy, and religious studies). Second, the core CHS faculty represent a range of disciplines, including:

  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing


The degree is applied because it requires a semester-long internship in a health-related profession. The CHS program allows for a diverse array of internship possibilities. To date, CHS students have been placed in a wide range of organizations, including:


  • UA - Campus Recreation
  • American Cancer Society
  • UA - Skin Cancer Institute
  • Spine & Orthopedic Specialist
  • Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Autism Society - Greater Tucson
  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation (Children and Family Services)