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School of Health Sciences

Health Science

As a health science major, you’ll study personal health, epidemiology, nutrition, community health, disease prevention and fitness-related topics to learn how the human body functions, both in health and disease.

Through your science-centered classes and intensive clinical experiences, you’ll build the skills you need to promote better health on both an individual and community level.

Meet Your Major

In the health science program, you will:

  • Explore various aspects of human biomedical science.
  • Focus on the scientific process and scientific communication.
  • Practice independent and collaborative investigative approaches in the laboratory.
  • Use 3-D visualization software to explore the inner workings of the human body.

Hands-on Learning

As a health science major, your learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. You’ll gain practical experience in the laboratory or the field through faculty-directed research projects. You can explore real-word careers and start building a professional network by taking part in internships, co-ops and independent-study programs at top institutions like Children’s Hospital, Harvard University Center for Genomics Research and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. And if you’re interested in a graduate degree, you’ll gain the clinical and research experience you need to apply to the program of your choosing.

Career Options

Health sciences is hot! In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 10 occupations that are projected for fastest growth are all in the health science fields. With your degree in health science, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a rewarding career in the healthcare industry, whether you’re interested in professional medical practice, biomedical research, public health, hospital administration, education or medical technology.

Interested in becoming a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or athletic trainer? Upon successful completion of the health science program, you’ll be well-positioned to pursue further study in the field of your choosing.

What You’ll Take 

You’ll complete a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 126-credit and 32-course curriculum. To graduate with a degree in health science and remain in good academic standing within the department, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5.

Required Courses

Freshman Year

HSC 1122

Anatomy and Physiology I

HSC 1000

Careers in Health Sciences

Choose 1

MTH 1016 Pre-Calculus
MTH 1217 Calculus I

FYW 1050

Introduction to College Writing

FYE 1000

First-Year Experience

HSC 1123

Anatomy and Physiology II

HSC 3302

Introduction to Public Health

MTH 1111

Statistics

PHL 1000

Introduction to Philosophy

Sophomore Year

BIO 1025

Biological Sciences

CHM 1210

Chemistry for Health Professions I

HSC 2300

Introduction to Nutritional Sciences

AL

Arts and Literature course

HSC 3310

Health Behavior Promotion

CHM 1220

Chemistry for Health Professions II

SOSC

Social Science course 1

HSC 2350        

Professional Development in Health Science

RTS

Religious and Theological Studies course

Junior Year

HSC 3320

Microbiology for Health Sciences

See below

Health Science Elective 1

H

Historical Studies course

See below

Health Science Elective 2

See below

Health Science Elective 3

 

Degree Elective 1

SOSC

Social Science course 2

E

Ethics course

Senior Year

HSC 4850

Health Sciences Internship

See below

Health Science Elective 4

FL 

Foreign Language course

AL

Degree Elective 2

HSC 3336W

Pathophysiology

See below 

Health Science Elective 5

 

Open Elective 1

 

Open Elective 2

Health Sciences Electives

Tailor your academic experience by selecting electives from the following options:

HSC 3103

Global Public Health

HSC 3200

Cultural Competencies in Health Professions

HSC 3312

Introduction to Epidemiology

HSC 3400

Clinical Research Design

HSC 3510

Community Nutrition

HSC 3520

Food Service Management

HSC 3530

Medical Nutrition Therapy

HSC 4800
HSC 4810

Directed Study
Directed Research

HSC 4855

Internship II 

SME 2500

Research Design

SME 3347

Exercise Testing and Prescription

SME 4338

Exercise Program Design

Degree Electives

PSY 2240

Sport Psychology

More Information

Kyle McInnis
Dean and Professor
978-837-3590
mcInnisk@merrimack.edu

 

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