Health Science (Major)


Pamela O'Brien, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences and Business

Degrees offered



Main Campus

NDMU's Health Science degree provides students access to an innovative opportunity to enroll in courses that help prepare them for multiple employment opportunities upon graduation, such as patient care advocate, health service managers, health communicators, health educators, clinical researchers, and public health advocates.  The degree also prepares students to apply for graduate programs in areas such as Physician’s Assistant, Occupational Therapy, or other public health fields.  Students will work closely with an advisor to ensure that they have taken all the necessary prerequisites for the advanced degree they wish to pursue.

The degree consists of 41-43 credit hours in interdisciplinary courses, including courses specifically created for the program.  Twenty-nine credit hours (9 courses) will comprise the core of classes. There is one elective course (3-4 credits) from a list of 3 science courses, and three elective courses (9 credits) selected from an approved list of interdisciplinary courses.  Students will work with their advisor to select the elective courses best suited for their career goal.  The current modality of the program is face-to-face, and we plan to continue this primary modality, with the option of hybrid or occasional online sections if required to serve the student body.

Program Objectives

  1. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to investigate key issues in health care and public health,
  2. Use pedagogy to improve health care delivery and advance knowledge in the field,  
  3. Utilize advanced communication, education and research skills to act as leaders in the fields of health care,
  4. Consider ethical values and principles that are fundamental to the provision of health care services and research,
  5. Critically analyze health science literature and utilize information correctly, 
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to culturally diverse populations and their attitudes toward health and health care professionals,
  7. Apply managerial and leadership concepts to real world business and clinical settings.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science program builds upon a strong foundation in the sciences in order to expose students to a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions.  The program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study, coupled with a liberal arts background, gives students the opportunity to explore different facets of health care and health-related professions before entering the work force or going on to specialized graduate programs. The multidisciplinary approach provides students with a highly competitive edge as they work with communities to make health care and medicine more understandable and accessible.  While the degree is interdisciplinary in nature, it will be housed within the department of biology.

The learning objectives for the Health Science major complement the learning objectives for the recently approved General Education program revision.  Both focus on critical thinking, study of diversity and identity, and civic responsibilities.  Students will be able to take courses in the General Education curriculum that will help prepare them for further study in these areas within this new major:

  • BIO 111 Fundamentals of Biology (4 cr)
  • MAT 215 Basic Statistics (3 cr)
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr)
  • PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr)
  • PHL 339 Medical Ethics (3 cr)
  • COM 106 Human Communication in the Digital World (3 cr)
  • LCL 333 Medical Terminology (3 cr)
  • LSP 150 Spanish for Health Professionals (3 cr)

Core Health Science Courses (29 cr)

       BIO-201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
       BIO-202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
       COM-3XX Health Science Communication (3)
       HSC-150 Intro to Health Science (3)
       HSC-3XX Legal and Current Trends in Health Science and Care (3)
       HSC-3XX Research in Health Care Assessment Planning and Evaluation (3)
       HSC-461 Capstone (3)
       PSY-205 Theories of Personality (3)
       PSY-233 Human Growth and Development (3)

One course from the following (3-4cr)

       BIO-260 Genetics and Genomics for Clinical Practice (3)  
       OR BIO-239 Genetics (4)
       CHM-108 Survey of General, Organic and Biochemistry Principles (4)
       PHY-101 General Physics I (4)

Three courses from the following (9-10cr)

       BIO-253 General Microbiology (4)  
       BUS-334 Teamwork and Negotiation (3)
       BUS-380 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3)
       HSC-2XX Cultural Competencies in Health Care (3)
       HSC-4XX Topics in Health Sciences (3)
       SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology (3)