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Health Sciences Major

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Why Study Health Sciences?

The study of health sciences includes courses in physics, chemistry and biology, and prepares students for careers in a broad range of occupations. Health care is one of the strongest sectors in the U.S. economy, with an aging population increasing the demand for health care professionals. Some health sciences graduates work directly with patients, while others hold positions in management, or pursue careers in research, science writing, medical photography, health care interpreting and biomedical illustration.

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Why Study Health Sciences at Eastern?

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.

Students using dissection table
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  • Public Health is available as a concentration in the Health Science major. 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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  • Students in the allied health concentration in the Health Sciences major take courses in microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and chemistry in preparation for a graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, and physician assistant. They are also prepared to enter a variety of health- and science-related careers.

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  • Exercise and Sport Science is devoted to study how exercise improves physical health and performance. This curriculum examines two broad themes: (a) how exercise promotes physical and mental health. Areas of study include exercise, physical fitness, and disease caused by sedentary lifestyles including cardiovascular diseases and metabolic disorders; (b) the scientific principles underlying exercise improve sports performance. Areas of study include the physiological basis of exercise, biomechanics, overtraining, specialization, musculoskeletal injuries, and the emotional health of athletes.

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Salary Potential


Annual Salary Occupational Therapy (w/ Master's Degree)


Annual Salary Registered Nurse


Annual Salary Physical Therapist


Annual Salary Physician Assistant

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

Students looking at a dissection table

Undergraduate Research

Health Sciences majors use the latest technologies, including the only virtual dissection table in the Connecticut State University System.

Undergraduate Research
Members of the Pre-Health Society Club

Pre-Health Society Club

The Pre-Health Society student club offers Health Sciences majors the opportunity to learn more about their profession through guest lecturers, field trips, and other activities.

Pre-Health Society
Students holding children in Ghana

Study Abroad

Health Sciences students have traveled to Ghana to visit clinics, hospitals, schools, orphanages and public services as they learn about the country’s health care and public health systems.

Study Abroad

Career Options

  • Chiropractic
  • Medical technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Health sciences technologist
  • Physician assistant
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational health and safety specialist
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy

May require further graduate/professional studies.

Successful Alumni

Recent graduates of this new major are attending graduate schools including:

  • UConn Graduate School of Public Health
  • Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, University of Hartford
  • Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University
  • Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Western New England University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
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For more information
(860) 465-5045 or (860) 465-5008

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Alumni Testimonials

Helena Delfino ’18
Health Sciences

Helena Delfino ’18

Helena traveled to Ghana for a global field course that gave insight into the health care system of a developing country. “We visited a local hospital and got the chance to watch a cesarean section as well as a natural birth. This experience solidified my dream of becoming a labor and delivery nurse.”

Precious Baker ’19
Public Health Technician

Precious Baker ’17

Health Sciences major Precious Baker is an emergency department technician at Windham Hospital after earning her master's degree in public health from UConn. “Eastern’s health sciences program taught me the foundations of public health and developed my writing and critical thinking skills.”

Rachel DiNatalie ’18
Master in Occupational Therapy

Rachel DiNatalie ’18

Health Sciences major Rachel DiNatalie is pursuing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Sacred Heart University. “The opportunities I’ve had at Eastern have affirmed my decision to pursue a career in the healthcare industry and prepared me for graduate school to become an occupational therapist.”

Alejandro Tobon Corrales ’17
Physical Therapist

Alejandro Corrales ’17

Alejandro is a student physical therapist at Hartford Healthcare while pursuing a doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Hartford. “My experience with the health sciences program was exceptional. The well-organized curriculum allowed me to attain the knowledge to be accepted into my doctorate program.”

Brendan Cullinane ’19
University of Delaware

Brendan Cullinane ’19

Brendan was accepted into the doctoral program in physical therapy at the University of Delaware, one of the nation’s leading programs. He conducted research with Professor Amy Bataille and was an officer of the Pre-Health Society. He also traveled to Ghana, West Africa, for an internship. “I am so grateful to have been able to go on this amazing trip and experience Ghanaian culture. It was a life-changing experience.”

Mariana Serrano '18
Survivor Intake Coordinator

Mariana Serrano '18

Health Sciences major Mariana Serrano '18 is preparing for medical school by working at a global anti-human trafficking organization called Love146 as a survivor intake coordinator. "The Health Sciences program has prepared me to work with a myriad of public health issues and provided me with the education and experience to support populations in need."