From left, Quinnipiac University Health Science Studies student Victoria Giaccone '20, works with Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Science Studies Jason Scozzafava DPT, and classmate Calia Nguyen '20, on table, on real-life range of motion exercises and clinical applications as part of the HSC 326 Therapeutic Exercise course in Echlin Center Room 214 at Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus on Friday, February 22, 2019.

BS in Health Science Studies

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Introduction

Our BS in Health Science Studies program prepares the next wave of dynamic health care practitioners and leaders in a variety of clinical and nonclinical settings. Through a deep exploration of the continuum of care — and the array of clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitative services within it — you’ll learn the foundational skills needed to be successful in a spectrum of flourishing health care careers or pursue graduate study in a range of health-related disciplines.

About this Program

95.8%


Success Rate

Percentage of Quinnipiac health science studies graduates who are employed or in graduate school 6 months after graduation (Quinnipiac Alumni Survey 2018)

Program Overview

Your bridge into the health science professions

The BS in Health Science Studies program is an interdisciplinary program, which covers skill sets that can be applied to health-related professions with and without direct patient care, including nutrition, radiology, biomedical sciences, optometry, medical administration, health policy, community public health and biotechnology. Completion also can pave the way to medical and dental school, as well as graduate programs in physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work and medical laboratory sciences.

The bachelor’s degree program allows students to explore a variety of interests while working toward specific goals. There are four academic tracks for students to choose from:

  • Clinical Preparation
  • Exercise & Nutrition
  • Health & Science
  • Physician Assistant (invitation only)

This program places a strong emphasis on individualized advising. All students are assigned academic advisers who help them match coursework and potential experiential opportunities, such as internships, community engagement and international research, to their desired career goals. First-year students also take a career exploration course that exposes them to the breadth and depth of the health care field. 

Customizable program options


Our customizable and flexible program makes it easy for students to expand on its core requirements by selecting a minor or a double major.

With permission of the program directors, students interested in pursuing their master’s degree upon the completion of their bachelor’s may apply to take up to 9 credits of graduate-level coursework in their senior year, which may be applied toward both the undergraduate and graduate business programs, including:

Qualified students also can enroll in several dual-degree and accelerated dual-degree programs, including:

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Turnier in a classroom cooking with a teacher in the background

Endless possibilities

After graduating, Turnier landed a position as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member at Green Village Initiative.

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Alumni Spotlight: Yadley Turnier '19

Turnier in a classroom talking to elementary school aged children

Teaching the future

Turnier teaches students how to grow and cook food, while steering them towards the healthiest options and promoting the celebration of healthy food.

Alumna finds nourishing work

Yadley Turnier ’19 knew majoring in health science studies would lead to many career possibilities. Courses she took during her junior year on nutrition and preventable diseases steered her toward the field of public health.

After graduating, Turnier landed a position at FoodCorps, a national nonprofit that trains and places emerging leaders in limited-resource schools for a year of service. As a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member at Green Village Initiative, Turnier teaches students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds to grow and cook their food, steers them towards the healthiest food options, and promotes a schoolwide culture that celebrates healthy food.

“If kids learn nutritional fundamentals early, they won’t be as prone later on to obesity and diet-related diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers,” Turnier said.

She teaches healthy eating habits, cooking, gardening and nutrition fundamentals to children in kindergarten through fifth grade in both the Read School and Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She also collaborates with the Thomas E. Carroll Nutrition Center to integrate local, farm-fresh foods into the schools’ breakfast, lunch and snack programs.

“If my students are getting two of their meals each day from school, then they should be the most beneficial meals possible,” Turnier said.

Turnier is motivated by the differences she has made. She will return for a second year with FoodCorps in 2020 and begin a master’s degree in global public health in the fall.

“At Quinnipiac, I learned to tackle the real world head-on,” Turnier said. “No one can achieve anything by sitting around and waiting.”

Our Faculty

Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Health Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.

Faculty Spotlight: Jason Scozzafava

Shrinking the world by increasing understanding

Jason Scozzafava likes to collect shooting stars. Or, at least, their stories of wonder and success.

As a clinical assistant professor of health science studies, Scozzafava is energized by the ideas and aspirations of his students.

“Health science studies is our most flexible program in the School of Health Sciences. It really allows students to follow their own interests and their own paths,” Scozzafava said. “We have shooting stars all over the place.”

Some of those shooting stars are aspiring doctors on a pre-med path. Others are preparing for graduate-level careers in the health professions, including physical therapy and occupational therapy. Still others hope to work in social work, military medicine, art therapy and radiology.

Scozzafava talking to a student who is practicing clinical skills

Hands-on learning

During a Therapeutic Exercise class with Health Science Studies students, Professor Scozzafava shows students how to measure shoulder flexion range of motion.

The list goes on and on. The common bond is always choice.

“We try to offer enough variety to let students figure out what they want. That’s really where the program excels,” Scozzafava said. “Health science studies allows students to pivot.”

One of those pivots is the opportunity to learn about other cultures through global engagement trips. Over the years, Scozzafava and his students have conducted research and partnered with communities in Costa Rica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

“We’re really focused on community development and establishing partnerships,” Scozzafava said. “It’s absolutely not, ‘Hey, we’re so great and we know it all.’ I can’t stress that enough.”

Along those lines, Scozzafava has created an international research chain. Students first learn about ethical field research methods in HSC 380: International Health Research. From there, students can apply that training to independent study projects and capstones.

Last spring, Scozzafava went to Nicoya, Costa Rica, to study human longevity with 13 students. Nicoya is one of five “Blue Zones” around the world where many people live to be 100 years old at 10 times the rate of the United States, according to National Geographic.

Scozzafava and his students studied the Ticos, the native community of Costa Rica, during the trip. The students learned about the local diet of the Ticos, along with their family trees, social interactions, exercise habits and level of happiness. 

“It’s student-driven research. It’s not my research agenda, it’s theirs,” Scozzafava said. “I’ve found there’s a pretty good buy-in with that. The students learn more because they own the work.”

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Health Science Studies Curriculum

A total of 120 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies. Below is a sample first year plan of study.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
 
CHE 101
& 101L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
 
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
Select one of the following: 1 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
 
CHE 102
& 102L
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
 
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits32
1

Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Following the first year of study, Health Science Studies students meet with their academic advisers and develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. During the first two years of study, students select a specific track. To remain in good standing within the program, students must maintain an minimum overall science GPA of 2.25 and earn 120 credits for degree completion. Course selections must fulfill the following:

University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Track Specific Courses19-22
Science Electives (e.g., health science studies, biology, biomedical sciences)9-12
Open Electives30
Total Credits120-123

Clinical Preparation Track

This track provides students with a solid foundation in patient communication and evidence-based-medicine. This foundation helps to prepare students for graduate education in a variety of medical fields, such as (but not limited to) MD, DO, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Genetic Counselor, Anesthesiologists’ Assistant, Pathologists’ Assistant or Physician Assistant, and Accelerated Nursing programs. Students in the Clinical Preparation Track are required to take the following courses:

Core Requirements
HSC 202Medical Terminology2
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care2
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
Choose one of the following courses:3
HSC 380
International Health Care - Field Research
HSC 388
& 388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab
HSC 397
Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation
Choose 8-9 credits from the following courses:8-9
HSC 205
Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 505)
HSC 206
Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)
HSC 207
Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (GT 207) (HSC 507)
HSC 210
Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care
HSC 230
Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals
HSC 301
Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions
HSC 305
Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences
HSC 315
Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century
HSC 380
International Health Care - Field Research
HSC 388
& 388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab
HSC 389
& 389L
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab
HSC 397
Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation
HSC 401
Introduction to Medical Problem-Solving
Take 11-12 credits of science electives11-12
Take 30 credits of open electives30

Exercise & Nutrition Track

This track provides students with a foundation in exercise prescription and nutrition. This foundation helps prepare students for graduate studies in areas such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiologists, and Nutrition/Dietitian. Students in the Exercise & Nutrition Track are required to take the following courses:

Core Requirements
HSC 202Medical Terminology2
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care2
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness3
HSC 326Therapeutic Exercise3
Choose two of the following courses:6-8
AT 330
Nutrition for Sport and Fitness
AT 440
Biomechanics
BMS 300
& 300L
The Physiology of Human Performance I
and The Physiology of Human Performance I Lab
BMS 301
& 301L
Physiology of Human Performance II
and Physiology of Human Performance II Lab
HSC 214
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
HSC 230
Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals
HSC 460
Advanced Nutrition (AT 460)
Take 10-12 credits of science electives10-12
Take 30 credits of open electives30

Health & Science Track

The most flexible curriculum to prepare for careers or graduate studies in one of the many other fields a student may go in with this degree, such as Health Care Management, Health Science Research, or to tailor one of the above tracks to best meet their academic needs. Students in the Health & Science Track are required to take the following courses:

Core Requirements
HSC 202Medical Terminology2
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care2
Take 6 credits of health science studies electives6
Take 18 credits of science electives18
Take 30 credits of open electives30

Physician Assistant (PA) Preparation Concentration (Invitation Only)

A limited number of Health Science Studies students also may be invited into the Physician Assistant (PA)-Prep Concentration. This concentration is a means for well-qualified students to advance their interests in the PA profession but did not get accepted into the Entry-Level Master’s in Physician Assistant (ELMPA) program. During the junior year, depending upon the number of seats available in the ELMPA cohort, approximately 3-5 students will be selected to transition into the ELMPA program. The remaining PA-Prep students not admitted into the ELMPA program will continue to follow a curriculum that mirrors that of the ELMPA program. As a result, the PA-Prep students will have a robust CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) application making them a competitive applicant for other PA programs. Students interested in the PA profession who are not invited into the PA-Prep concentration may take similar courses via the Clinical Preparation Track. Students invited to the PA Prep Concentration will be required to take the following courses:

Core Requirements
PY 104Physician Assistant Seminar I - Orientation to the Profession1
PY 204Physician Assistant Seminar II - The Interdisciplinary Team1
HSC 202Medical Terminology2
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism3
HSC 388
& 388L
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab
3
HSC 389
& 389L
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab
3
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation3
HSC 401Introduction to Medical Problem-Solving3
Take 12 credits of science electives12
Take 30 credits of open electives30

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