The interdisciplinary design of the BS in Health Science Studies emphasizes patient-centered care with a science-based focus on wellness, health and fitness. Graduates will learn the clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitative services within continuum of care to facilitate overall patient wellness, injury recovery and prevention, and the optimization of physical movement. Students can explore various health-related careers in nutrition, radiology, biomedical sciences, optometry, medical administration, health policy, community public health and biotechnology.
This flexible program offers students a competitive edge to pursue their career interests or postgraduate study paths, including medical school. With the addition of 2 new programs in Fall 2022, there are now 5 academic tracks for students to choose from. Students can also add a minor in Nutrition to round out their program. This minor explores the vital roles that food and proper nutrition play in maintaining healthy lifestyles, achieving peak athletic performance, managing chronic disease and promoting community wellness.
Exercise and Wellness
Study the differences in human physical performance and how wellness, health and fitness are linked with exercise to develop a comprehensive understanding of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise. Students will use exercise physiology to explore ideas alongside expert faculty within the QU exercise lab.
Human Movement (New)
This new program will provide a solid foundation in the study of human movement, focusing on the early thought processes and disciplinary content for many fields in the health profession related to movement. Students explore methods of maintaining healthy movement, preventing disabilities and initiating assessment of movement.
Sports Medicine (New)
Grounded in science, this track is targeted toward students interested in health care professions, especially working in athletic settings or with a physically active population. Studies are focused on developing the early thought processes and disciplinary content for health professions related to sports medicine and working with an active and/or athletic population.
Students receive a solid foundation in patient communication and evidence-based-medicine to prepare for graduate education in a variety of medical fields, including MD, DO, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Genetic Counselor, Anesthesiologists’ Assistant, Pathologists’ Assistant or Physician Assistant, and Accelerated Nursing programs.
Health and Science
This program places a strong emphasis on individualized advising. Students are assigned academic advisers who help match coursework to potential experiential opportunities that align with career goals, including internships, community engagement and international research. First-year students also take a career exploration course that exposes them to the breadth and depth of the health care field.
Physician Assistant PA-Prep (invitation only)
A limited number of Health Science Studies students may be invited into the Physician Assistant (PA)-Prep Track. This track provides a path for well-qualified students to advance their interests in the PA profession. During their junior year, depending upon the number of seats available in the Entry-Level Master’s in Physician Assistant (ELMPA) program cohort, approximately 3-5 students will be selected to transition into the ELMPA program. PA-Prep is designed specifically for health science students who did not get accepted into the ELMPA program. After graduation, PA-Prep students will have a robust CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) application making them a competitive applicant for other PA programs.