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Department of Health Sciences

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The Health Sciences Department provides outstanding experiential education to future health professionals to empower them to address current issues in health through education, service, advocacy, research and cutting-edge scholarly activities. A combination of coursework and experiential learning — internships, independent studies and faculty-directed research — prepare students for entrance into graduate programs and professional health programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, nursing and physician assistant among others. The Health Sciences Major offers two concentrations:

  • Allied Health
  • Public Health

Each concentration incorporates supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, health and physical education, sociology, health informatics, healthcare management and psychology.

Department Chair
Dr. Yaw Nsiah
Science Building Rm. 131A
(860) 465-4524
(860) 465-0395
University Assistant
Rita Kornblum
Science Building Rm. 131
(860) 465-5045
(860) 465-0395
University Assistant 
Jenny Spellman
Science Building Rm. 131
(860) 465-5008
(860) 465-0395
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Programs of Study

  • Health Sciences majors choose from concentrations in Public Health and Allied Health. Students study the impact of psychology, the environment and culture on personal, community and global health while learning about human anatomy, physiology, chemistry, cell biology and genetics in a variety of laboratory settings. Science facilities at Eastern include a DNA Sequencer; an Imaging Center with confocal microscope; a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center; and other specialized labs, as well as the only virtual dissection system among Connecticut's state universities.

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  • Public Health is available as a concentration in the Health Science major and also as a minor. The program builds upon supporting courses in chemistry, mathematics, health, sociology and psychology. Students learn about public health issues, drinking water management, substance abuse, and health promotion and prevention as they prepare for careers in public health or entrance into graduate school.

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