Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

You know you want a career in healthcare, but you’re not sure which one. Or maybe you know what you want to do, but you need to beef up your academic experience and résumé to compete in that field. The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program is designed to help you discover your goals – and reach them.

How can one major be the right fit for so many? Personalization.

The BSHS is custom designed around you. In your first year, you’ll take an Introduction to the Majors course to learn about all majors at MCPHS, and then a Health Sciences Seminar to explore your options within the BSHS major. Along the way, you’ll work one-on-one with the faculty program director and career advisors to navigate a plan that’s right for you, as well as connect with alumni to seek their insights. Whatever you decide to do, MCPHS will work with you to formalize a path forward, and your faculty mentor will help ensure that you meet all required prerequisites to achieve your goals.

Information is power.

As an early part of your BSHS curriculum, you’ll conduct informational interviews with professionals in your target career to gain a tangible sense of what you want to pursue. Later in the major, you’ll take a deeper dive with a full-semester internship and job shadowing. Our location in Boston’s world-renowned Longwood Medical and Academic Area offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning. With intensive advising, plenty of due diligence, and real-world experience, you’ll graduate ready to compete in your chosen field.

 

Three different tracks lead you to where you want to go.

 

Track 1: Bachelor of Health Sciences – General

Get the lay of the land before choosing your specialty.

Undecided majors are welcome to start here and then apply for a transfer into their desired program. Personalized academic and career advising help you find your path, and since all first-year students at MCPHS take the same curriculum, you won’t lose any ground.

Or, continue as a major in Health Sciences in preparation for graduate school. Faculty advising ensures that you complete all of your required prerequisites as concentration courses, and hands-on experience builds your résumé for application to grad school in your chosen field.


Track 2: Bachelor of Health Sciences – Health Education

Become a certified health educator to teach the future of healthcare.

The BSHS with a concentration in Health Education prepares you to teach the next generation of healthcare professionals. This nonclinical pathway can also be paired with clinical aspirations. For example, you can earn your BSHS in health education, go on to nursing postgrad, and enter the workforce as a certified nurse health educator.


Track 3: Bachelor of Health Sciences – Healthcare Management

Join the team that makes healthcare work, day in and day out.

The BSHS with a Healthcare Management concentration prepares you to run the business of healthcare. This nonclinical pathway can also be paired with clinical aspirations. For example, you can earn your BSHS in healthcare management, go on to nursing postgrad, and enter the workforce as a nurse manager.


Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the lock-step nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required courses for entry to Year II:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Basic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits) (Acceptable substitution: Precalculus or Calculus)
  • Expository Writing I & II (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Western Civilization)

Additional courses accepted for transfer credit:

  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Physics I with lab (4 credits)
  • Healthcare Ethics (3 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Development (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal Communications for Health Professionals (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
 BS in Health Sciences - General Pathway (122 Total s.h)
COURSE TITLE S.H.

Year I Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4
CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I w/lab 4
MAT 141 Algebra & Trig 3
LIB 111 Expository Writing 3
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year I Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II w/lab 4
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year II Fall

HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity & Public Life 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
BEH 352 Human Development through the Life Cycle 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
Total Semester Hours 16

Year II Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology (w/lab 4
BIO 255 Health Psychology 3

SSC Elective 3
HUM Elective 3
Total Semester Hours
16

Year III Fall

HSC 310O Health Care Informatics 3
LIB 512 Health Care Ethics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Sci Prof 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year III Spring

HSC 410O Research Anaylysis and Methods 3
HSC 330O Intro to Health Care Delivery 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Prof 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Fall

HSC xxx Health Sciences Praciticum 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Spring

HSC xxx Health Sciences Capstone 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours 15
* Students may declare a Minor to partially fulfill General Electives
** Students interested in general health sciences or interested in pursuing postgraduate advanced study may
design an individualized General Pathway list of courses with prior approval by the program director


 BS in Health Sciences - Healthcare Management Pathway (122 Total s.h)
COURSE TITLE S.H.

Year I Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4
CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I w/lab 4
MAT 141 Algebra & Trig 3
LIB 111 Expository Writing 3
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year I Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II w/lab 4
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year II Fall

HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity & Public Life 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
BEH 352 Human Development through the Life Cycle 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
Total Semester Hours 16

Year II Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology (w/lab 4
BIO 255 Health Psychology 3

SSC Elective 3
HUM Elective 3
Total Semester Hours
16

Year III Fall

HSC 310O Health Care Informatics 3
LIB 512 Health Care Ethics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Sci Prof 3
HSC 3250 Healthcare Management 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year III Spring

HSC 410O Research Anaylysis and Methods 3
HSC 330O Intro to Health Care Delivery 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Prof 3
HSC 4300 Law for Healthcare Managers 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Fall

HSC 4xxx Health Sciences Praciticum 3
HSC 4350 Healthcare Marketing 3
PSB 416 Managerial Accounting 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Spring

HSC 4xx Health Sciences Capstone 3
HSC 4xx0 Managing Human Resources for Healthcare 3
PSB 4xx0 Healthcare Leadership Development 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours 15
* Students may declare a Minor to partially fulfill General Electives


 BS in Health Sciences - Health Education Pathway (122 Total s.h)
COURSE TITLE S.H.

Year I Fall

BIO 110 Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 4
CHE 110 Basic Chemistry I w/lab 4
MAT 141 Algebra & Trig 3
LIB 111 Expository Writing 3
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year I Spring

BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 4
CHE 210 Basic Chemistry II w/lab 4
LIB 120 Intro to Psychology 3
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
Total Semester Hours
15

Year II Fall

HSC 3010 Health Promotion 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity & Public Life 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
BEH 352 Human Development through the Life Cycle 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
Total Semester Hours 16

Year II Spring

HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3
BIO 255 Medical Microbiology (w/lab 4
BIO 255 Health Psychology 3

SSC Elective 3
HUM Elective 3
Total Semester Hours
16

Year III Fall

HSC 310O Health Care Informatics 3
LIB 512 Health Care Ethics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Sci Prof 3
BEH 260 Behavioral Health 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year III Spring

HSC 4100 Research Anaylysis and Methods 3
HSC 3300 Intro to Health Care Delivery 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Prof 3
HSC 3150 Planning Health Education Programs 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Fall

HSC 4xxx Health Sciences Praciticum 3
HSC 4xx0 Health Communications, Literacy and Disparities 3
HSC 4250 Education Theories and Methods 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours
15

Year IV Spring

HSC 4xx Health Sciences Capstone 3
HSC 3300 Leadership in Health Education 3
HSC 4xx0 Health Education Evaluation 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
Total Semester Hours 15
* Students may declare a Minor to partially fulfill General Electives

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