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)
COURSE
TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Year I—Fall*

BIO 110/L Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) 4
CHE 110/L Basic Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 141 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
TOTAL 15

Year I—Spring

BIO 210/L Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) 4
CHE 210/L Basic Chemistry II (w/lab) 4
HSC 110 Health Sciences Seminar 1
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120
Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL 15

Year II—Fall

BEH 352 Human Development through the Life Cycle 3
HSC 210 Introduction to Health Sciences 1
HSC 301O Health Promotion 3
LIB 133 American Culture, Identity & Public Life 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication 3
MAT 161 Statistics 3
TOTAL 16

Year II—Spring**

BIO 255/L Microbiology (w/lab) 4
BEH 250 Health Psychology 3
HSC 401O Public Health and Policy 3

Social sciences elective (SSC) 3

Distribution elective (HUM) 3
TOTAL 16

Year III—Fall

HSC 310O Healthcare Informatics 3
HSC 320O Writing for Health Science Professionals 3
LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics 3
  Concentration requirement   3
General Elective 3
TOTAL 15

Year III-Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis & Methods 3
SSC 495 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
BEH 350 Evolution of the Health Professions 3

Concentration requirement 3

General Elective 3
TOTAL 15

Year IV— Fall

HSC xxx Health Sciences Practicum 3
Concentration requirement 3
Concentration requirement 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
TOTAL 15

Year IV—Spring***

HSC xxx Health Sciences Capstone 3
Concentration requirement 3
Concentration requirement 3
General elective 3
General elective  

 

*Year IFall: Students interested in MRI degree must complete MAT 151 and 152; Students interested in SMIT programs will take PHY 270/272L; Students interested in DHY or NUR or a nonclinical career do not need a physics course.

**Year IISpring: NOTE: Students select a concentration program prior to Year III, with approval from program director.

***Year IV—Spring: Elective Courses = 18 semester hours. Students may choose or transfer electives in consideration of their preferred health sciences career pathway and with approval of the program director.  

 

Concentrations

Entry-level students must choose from the following concentration options. The concentration will include a minimum of 18 semester hours.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

Healthcare Management Concentration

HSC 325O Healthcare Management 3
PSB 416 Managerial Accounting 3
HSC 430O Law for Healthcare Managers 3
PSB 435 Introduction to Business 3
HSC 435O Healthcare Marketing 3
HSC Managing Human Resources in Healthcare 3
TOTAL 15

Health Education Concentration

BEH 260 Behavioral Health 3
BEH 353 Nutrition and Health 3
BEH 405 Mind-Body Medicine 3
HSC 315O Planning Health Education and Promotion Programs 3
HSC Health Communications, Literacy and Disparities 3
HSC 330O Health Education and Promotion Leadership 3
TOTAL 15

Postgraduate Pathway Concentration

Students interested in pursuing postgraduate advanced study may design an individualized concentration with approval by the program director. To be qualified for admission to a postgraduate advanced study program, students will need to meet the minimum GPA requirements and the prerequisite requirements for the graduate program they are interested in.

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