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Bachelor of Science in Health Science

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.

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 and promote health and well-being in a range of settings, some of which include healthcare (hospitals, medical groups, private practice); communities and non-profit organizations; colleges and universities; K-12 schools; businesses and worksites; and government. Graduates of this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

This pathway pairs well with clinical and non-clinical aspirations. For example, after earning your BSHS, you may choose to enroll in a postbaccalaureate program in nursing or dental hygiene. You could then pursue a career as a clinical health education specialist. Or, you could continue your education and earn a master’s degree in public health, health sciences, or healthcare management and become a leader within the field of public health, teaching and learning, or business administration with a strong background in health education and promotion.

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.

First-year 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 block registration 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.

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

Required courses for entry to Year II:

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)
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BS in Health Sciences - General Pathway (122 Total 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

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

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
BEH 255 Health Psychology 3

SSC Elective 3
HUM Elective 3
Total Semester Hours

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

Year III Spring

HSC 410O Research Analysis and Methods 3
PSB 320 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 3
SSC 495 Evolution of the Health Prof 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours

Year IV Fall

HSC 470 Health Sciences Practicum 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
General Elective* 3
General Pathway Elective** 3
Total Semester Hours

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

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The goals of the entry-level BSHS 4-year program are to provide:

  • an opportunity for students to earn a BS in Health Sciences, with a broad foundational knowledge base in math and the basic biological, chemical, social, and behavioral health sciences;
  • opportunities for the development and demonstration of interpersonal, oral and written communications, critical thinking, information literacy, and research design skills;
  • a comprehensive general education that includes an understanding of healthcare delivery, healthcare ethics, and interpersonal communications in healthcare;
  • a broad introduction to applied health sciences in health promotion, health informatics, public health and policy, and health services research;
  • curricular and experiential opportunities for students to explore the wide range of clinical and non-clinical career options in the healthcare industry; and
  • individualized academic advising and career mentoring for students who are undecided about their preferred health sciences career pathway; for students who are interested in Healthcare Management, Health Education, or Health Information Systems careers; and for students who are interested in preparing for admissions to post-baccalaureate programs of study in healthcare professions.

By the completion of the Health Sciences program, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency across a variety of learning outcomes, including:

Health Promotion Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the eight dimensions of wellness
  • Evaluate behavior change theories that are advantageous to improving quality of life among individuals and/or communities
  • Hypothesize and recommend public health policies that can increase the overall health status of individuals and/or communities

Healthcare Systems Outcomes:

  • Investigate, explore, and assess student health and wellness services at colleges and universities, then provide health and wellness services navigation recommendations for MCPHS University
  • Analyze and reflect on research and scholarship trends in interprofessional education and team-based collaborative practice in healthcare
  • Plan, propose and advocate for promoting and maintaining a culture of health and safety at home, in communities, in the workplace, and in healthcare delivery
  • Propose and justify health equity strategies at the individual, community, organizational, and individual levels that could be undertaken to reduce or eliminate health disparities in diverse populations

Health Workforce Development Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate requisite career readiness core competencies that broadly prepare students for success in the workplace and lifelong health career management
  • Explore employment options and opportunities in a variety of different healthcare and health sciences industry settings though literature searches, informational interviews, and job shadow experiences
  • Arrange and complete a volunteer in-person OR virtual/remote work experience to gain practical work experience related to future career goals in the health sciences

Health Research Outcomes:

  • Explain the ethical considerations of conducting research on human participants
  • Develop a comprehensive research prospectus based on evidence and best practices
  • Plan, conduct and present a capstone project prospectus that integrates research and applied bio-psycho-social sciences with health promotion, healthcare systems, or health workforce development
  • Compile and present a portfolio to document a repository of evidence reflecting the scholarly and professional progress, goals, and reflections of the learner; integrating knowledge, theory, and skills gained in satisfactory completion of the BS in Health Sciences program requirements 

The mission of the entry-level BSHS 4-year program is to provide a strong foundation of general education, health sciences, and core competence for a range of non-clinical and clinical health careers.


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