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Health Sciences

Degree Programs

The Department of Health Sciences offers 3 majors with 2 concentrations for students pursuing specialized career paths:

B.S. in Athletic Training

Our Athletic Training curriculum is designed to prepare students for opportunities in the profession, focusing on the six domains of athletic training: Prevention; Recognition, Evaluation and Assessment; Immediate Care; Treatment, Rehabilitation and Recondition; Organization and Administration; and Professional Development and Responsibility. 

This program is directed at the incorporation of education requirements in combination with extensive hands-on experience as required by the CAATE and National Athletic Trainers Association. Graduates of the Athletic Training program are eligible to sit for the BOC Certification examination for entry-level athletic trainers.

Since 1998, Merrimack College’s first graduates of the Athletic Training Education Program, the College has 100% placement for graduate school and/or work place.

B.S. in Health Science

The Health Science Major focuses on human biology and prepares students for careers in diverse areas of the health industry. Our students develop an understanding of how the human body functions in health and disease, consider the methodologies used to obtain this knowledge, and acquire the skills to communicate this information within the scientific community .Our program emphasizes the scientific process by utilizing both independent and collaborative investigative approaches in the laboratory, stressing scientific communication and offering senior thesis research internships and practica so that students might gain practical experience in their area of interest.

Students who major in Health Science will explore various aspects of human biomedical science, and have the opportunity to choose from 3 different concentrations that suit their interests, aptitude and career goals. Students may enter: General Health Science, Public Health, or Nutrition. 

General Health Science: Health Science graduates of the Merrimack program have entered diverse fields within the health care system, including professional medical practices, positions in biomedical research and industry, public health, hospital administration, education, and medical technology.Students in the General Health Science major are advised on an individual basis to include certain courses into their program depending on the particular career path they have chosen.

Public Health: Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of health lifestyles and research for injury and disease prevention. Public Health work involves analyzing the effect of genetics, personal choice and the environment on health in order to develop programs that protect the health of families and communities. Many health challenges face our local and global communities, in the areas of emerging infectious disease, obesity and sedentary lifestyle, aging, health care policy and costs, environmental health, health promotion and education, etc. The public health field is currently experiencing a workforce shortage at local, state and federal levels.

Nutrition: The Nutrition concentration introduces students to the important role that nutrition plays in human health and wellness. Required courses explore the fundamentals of nutritional science, the public health applications of nutrition in the community, the clinical dimensions of human nutrition, and nutritional perspectives within the foodservices industry. Students enrolled in the Health Sciences Nutrition concentration are prepared for entry-level positions in the health and wellness and foodservice’s fields. Graduates of this major are encouraged to continue their education in graduate programs designed to maximize career options and mobility in the growing field of human nutrition.

B.S. in Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine at Merrimack involves the study and implementation of those medical skills used in the treatment of athletic injuries, and include learning the means of injury prevention; recognition and evaluation of sports-related injuries; acute and immediate care; treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning; organization and administration of and for the injured athlete.

This Major is capable of providing students with the prerequisites necessary to apply to a graduate program in Physical Therapy. Students who maintain a high level GPA can apply to a doctoral level program for three years of study in order to become a physical therapist. We currently maintain 100% acceptance rate for students who have applied to the following graduate schools across the region: University of Vermont, UMass Lowell, University of Rhode Island and Franklin Pierce College. We also have an articulation for physical therapy and nursing with Simmons College.

Students looking to enter the field of  Human Performance and Wellness will also benefit from the Sport’s Medicine Major by choosing appropriate electives that will provide the prerequisites necessary for Certification by the American College of Sports Medicine as an exercise specialist, exercise program director, exercise test technologist and/or fitness instructor. Upon graduation, students in this field are able to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Examination to become certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. Certification by the National Academy of Sports Medicine is also available as a certified personal fitness instructor.