Department of Health Sciences


The Department of Health Sciences provides world-class undergraduate and graduate education in a broad range of public health and clinical careers that promote the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations in culturally diverse contexts. We are committed to evidence-based research and research translation to eliminate health disparities. The Department is a unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and serving in a rapidly evolving, multicultural environment.

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 mission is to educate the next generation of public health and clinical health professionals who will become leaders in their fields. Our graduates are improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Boston, in the United States, and around the world.

This department stands with our students, college, and university in our resolve to address two extreme and entwined public health crises – the COVID-19 pandemic and racism at every level of society. We are acting to solve problems through our teaching, research, and community engagement.

Our Social Justice Curriculum Steering Committee is coordinating a structured and intentional integration of new antiracism and social justice content into courses on all subjects and in all degree programs. Our efforts will direct students’ learning experiences to positive actions within our classrooms, workplaces, and communities. The department is hosting a series of faculty/staff teaching workshops about fostering a sense of belonging in our intercultural and interdisciplinary department. The Masters of Public Health program is holding listening sessions with students of color, a practice we plan to adopt in all our programs. We are expanding our tool kits for operating in a hybrid in-person and online environment to continue giving everyone a great learning experience. Virtual engagement has opened some new possibilities for us.

Please explore our website to learn more about the cutting-edge research of our diverse 40+ faculty members on health disparities and critical, 21st century issues in health care, health technologies, and community empowerment.

We are here to provide foundational knowledge and skills sets for health professionals and to help you pursue your professional aspirations in many different health-related careers including medicine, wellness, public heath, business, law, and science.

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Sharon Harlan, PhD
316L Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7326