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 faculty is dedicated to training the next generation of public health and clinical health professionals. Our students become leaders in their fields, improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Boston, in the United States, and around the world.

Our degree programs provide Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. 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. Please explore our website to learn more about our exciting academic programs and research activities.

The Department of Health Sciences is a unique, transdisciplinary setting with over 40 faculty in the sciences and clinical professions. Many of us hold joint appointments at Northeastern in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Khoury College of Computer Science, the College of Law, the College of Arts, Media and Design, or the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. We offer several degrees that combine health with a second field.

We are affiliated with several 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.

To learn more about our research on topics such as computer-human interactions, causes and consequences of health disparities, prevention of gun violence, toxic exposures, nutrition, exercise, and much, much more, please see our projects profiled under the Research tab on this page.

As chairperson of the Department of Health Sciences, it is a great pleasure to work with our outstanding students and faculty. Feel free to contact me with questions.

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Sharon Harlan, PhD
316 Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.3666