Department of Health Sciences


The Department of Health Sciences provides world-class education, research, and service in health sciences to promote the health and well-being among individuals, communities, and populations. The Department’s mission is accomplished by the unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates academics, research, and practice and prepares students for a wide range of career paths.

Learn about David’s experience as a Health Sciences major.

Welcome to the Department of Health Sciences in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University!  Our faculty are dedicated to training the next generation of health professionals who will be leaders in their fields and work diligently toward the goal of improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Boston, in the United States, and around the world.

The Department of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and options for combined majors with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS).  We offer professional degrees in our department: Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Exercise Science, and a combined Master in the two fields. We also collaborate with CCIS to offer a Master of Science in Health Data Analytics and Master of Science in Health Informatics, as well as combined graduate degrees with the School of Pharmacy, the Physician Assistant Program, and the School of Law.  At the doctoral level, we offer a PhD in Population Health and, in cooperation with CCIS, a PhD in Personal Health Informatics.

Our programs provide undergraduate and graduate students with solid foundational knowledge and professional skill sets.  We support and encourage opportunities for personalized education to help students pursue their professional aspirations.  We value diversity in our students and faculty, and cultural inclusion in our teaching and research.  Through cooperative education and experiential learning, students have the opportunity to work with faculty who are conducting cutting-edge research on critical health issues.

Our faculty are trained in a wide variety of fields and work on interdisciplinary research teams at Northeastern, with other universities, and community partners. We have expertise in the areas of behavioral health, biostatistics, computer-human interactions, digital health, environmental health, epidemiology, exercise science, health disparities, health policy and law, health over the life course, mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, nutrition, personal health informatics, population health, public health, social and environmental determinants of health, and violence. Many faculty hold joint appointments in either the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Computer and Information Science, or the College of Law.  We are affiliated with university centers, including the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research, Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, and Global Resilience Institute, as well as community agencies and neighborhood health centers in the Boston area.

As interim chair of the Department of Health Sciences, it is a great pleasure to work with our outstanding students and faculty.  Please explore our website to learn more about our exciting academic programs and research activities.  Feel free to contact me or any of our faculty with questions.

Interim Chair
Harlan Web 1

Sharon Harlan, PhD
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3666