Health Science

The major in Health Science combines a broad science literacy with emphasis on biology and chemistry, with knowledge of particular threats to human health from environmental, occupational, and life-style factors. This preparation builds understanding of the role in human health of communicable diseases, conditions of deprivation or excess, technological hazards, and societal stressors. The advanced student integrates this preparation with a study of individual and community strategies for protecting and enhancing human health. The following are the goals of the Health Science program:

  1. Developing academic skills ensuring competency in reading, writing, data analysis, and critical thinking.
  2. Providing the foundations for understanding health, disease, and disability within individual, community, and global contexts.
  3. Acquiring the technical skills necessary to gather, analyze, describe, and critically report on health, disease, and disability throughout the lifespan.
  4. Gaining an appreciation of the interplay between diversity and health and disease.
  5. Identifying and analyzing ethical principles and decisions predicated on ethically challenging problems.
  6. Being comfortable discussing scientific issues within historical and cultural contexts.



At the successful completion of the course of study in the Health Science major, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand that human health represents a complex interaction of biological and chemical processes as modified by an individual’s genetic profile and life experiences
  2. Demonstrate a broad basic mastery of human anatomy, physiology and genetics
  3. Apply introductory level knowledge of inorganic, organic and biochemistry to the discussion of the processes and issues in human health
  4. Discuss key threats to human health from a variety of sources: environmental, dietary, occupational, genetic, parasites, microbes, and psychological and social stressors
  5. Use the scientific method to investigate and analyze challenges to human health (formulate hypotheses, design an investigative model, gather and analyze data, and draw conclusions supported by the data)
  6. Identify, locate, and obtain reliable information in health science from electronic and print sources
  7. Use an active vocabulary of key scientific terminology adequate to support reading, understanding and discussion of health-related scientific literature and technical reports
  8. Outline the role of psychological and sociological stressors and supports in human health
  9. Integrate scientific, social, and ethical considerations in devising strategies for promoting human health
  10. Articulate the values that underpin health promotion: e.g., the valuing of human life, the right to health information and care, and the right to a healthy environment
  11. Work collaboratively to accomplish investigative or advocacy goals
  12. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills equal to the demands of an entry-level professional position in health science
  13. Count, measure, display and analyze a variety of data types (physical, spatial, temporal)