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Health Sciences (BS)

The Health Sciences major program will prepare you for a variety of healthcare professions by combining biomedical instruction with an understanding of how societal factors impact health. Whether you want to become a healthcare practitioner, administrator or policy-maker, you’ll learn how to solve health-related problems as part of a team.

As a Health Sciences major, you’ll choose one of two concentrations. The Bioscience concentration focuses on the scientific elements of an individual’s health, preparing you for a career in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy. The Bioscience - Accelerated Program is for qualified Health Sciences majors in the BioScience concentration who have been accepted into an accelerated 3+ College of Science and Health pre-professional program in conjunction with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). The Public Health Sciences concentration focuses on understanding the health care needs of populations, preparing you for a career in community health, health care administration, health communication and public health.

DePaul offers combined bachelor’s + master’s degree programs, which allows you to complete a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in as few as five years. Health Sciences majors may choose to combine your bachelor’s in Health Sciences degree with a Health Communication, Public Health, or Nursing master’s degree.

Health Sciences faculty members come from a number of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, communication, nursing, psychology, public health and sociology – allowing you to learn about the healthcare industry from a variety of perspectives.

Chicago is home to extensive healthcare systems and numerous insurance companies, medical associations and pharmaceutical corporations. You’ll have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience through internships and research projects in hospitals, laboratories and medical-industry settings.

Classes

Coursework

  • Health Research Literacy
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology

Concentrations/Tracks

  • Bioscience concentration
    • General Track
    • Lab Investigations Track
    • Medical/Graduate Track
    • Pre-Nursing Track
  • Bioscience—Accelerated Program
    • Medicine
    • Pathologists’ Assistant
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Podiatry
  • Public Health Sciences concentration

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Clinical trials management
  • Community health worker
  • Health care administration
  • Health communication
  • Health policy
  • Hospital administration
  • Medical school
  • Nursing school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Physical therapy school
  • Public health
More career info

93%

of Health Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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