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Overview

If you’re interested in working in a health-related profession or continuing on to graduate school to obtain an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, respiratory therapy, nursing, or public health, then you should consider a bachelor’s degree in health science—a solid foundation for either path.


 

Curriculum

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Health Science General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

30 semester hours required 

English

Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding lab:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
3.00 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
1.00 
ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
3.00 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 
1.00 
 

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

ENG 1107 - College Writing 2 
3.00 
ENG 1108 - Lab for ENG 1107 
1.00 
ENG 3105 - Writing for the Professions: Science and Engineering 
3.00 
ENG 3106 - Lab for ENG 3105 
1.00 
 

Mathematics 

MTH 1100 - College Algebra 
3.00 
MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 
3.00 
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following:

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
3.00 
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools 
3.00 
 

Psychology

PSY 1100 - Foundations of Psychology 
3.00 
 

Communication

CMN 1100 - Organizational Communication 
3.00 
Philosophy

Choose one of the following:

PHL 2130 - Ethical Issues in Healthcare 
3.00 
PHL 2140 - Ethical Issues in Science and Engineering 
3.00 
 

Major Required Courses

36 semester hours required 

Health Management 

HMG 1100 - Foundations of Healthcare Management 
3.00 
HMG 2110 - Health Law and Regulation 
3.00 
 

Biology

BIO 1100 - Principles of Biology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1101 - Lab for BIO 1100 
1.00 
BIO 1200 - Principles of Biology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1201 - Lab for BIO 1200 
1.00 
BIO 1600 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 
3.00 
BIO 1601 - Lab for BIO 1600 
1.00 
BIO 1700 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 
3.00 
BIO 1701 - Lab for BIO 1700 
1.00 
 

Chemistry

CHM 1100 - General Chemistry 1 
3.00 
CHM 1101 - Lab for CHM 1100 
1.00 
CHM 1200 - General Chemistry 2 
3.00 
CHM 1201 - Lab for CHM 1200 
1.00 
Health Science 

HSC 3300 - Epidemiology 
3.00 
 

Capstone

HSC 4850 - Project in Health Science 
3.00 
 

Professional Electives

15 semester hours required 

Complete 15 semester hours from the following subject areas:

BIO, CHM, HMG, HSC, MTH, PHY, PSY

Electives

Complete a minimum of 39 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:

  • Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
  • Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
  • Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.

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Career Outcomes

Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing fields in the country. Health science graduates will be well equipped to pursue clinical and non-clinical opportunities in hospitals, clinics, government agencies, sports facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies. Because of the many specialties available, your career path will be largely determined by the health science courses you select to complete your degree.

Impressive Numbers:

  • Between 2014 and 2024, there is expected to be 19% growth in healthcare jobs (BLS 2015).

What can you do with your degree?

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science is designed for students who are interested in working in a health-related industry, either in a management or professional role. This bachelor of science degree is also well suited for students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in medicine, dentistry, respiratory therapy, nursing (direct entry), or public health.

Successful graduates of this degree program will be prepared for careers as:

  • Science technicians
  • Medical and health services managers
  • Insurance underwriters
  • Social or community service managers

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.

Earlene Avalon
Assistant Teaching Professor

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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students.

  • $1.6K Cost Per Course
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid