Department of Health Sciences

Why study health sciences at Northeastern?

The Department of Health Sciences provides a world-class 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. Our department is a unique, transdisciplinary setting that incorporates teaching, learning, and serving, in a rapidly evolving, multicultural environment.

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Degree Options

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Exercise Science, MS

This program offers a unique concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health that integrates key competencies for a degree in exercise science recommended by the ACSM…

Learn about our MS in exercise science

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Exercise Science for Clinicians, Graduate Certificate

Exercise as a proven powerful medicine that has demonstrated a high therapeutic effect with little to no side effects…

Learn about our Graduate Certificate in Exercise Science

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Master’s in Public Health, MPH

Through innovation in experiential education, research, and service, this program trains diverse and skilled professionals who work to promote and protect the health of all communities.

Learn about our MPH program

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Population Health, PhD

This program integrates interdisciplinary education and experiential learning opportunities to train students to become public health researchers and leaders who…

Learn about our population health PhD

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Health Science, BS

The Health Science major includes foundational courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, the liberal arts, and application-based coursework on public health and healthcare.

Learn more about the BS in Health Science

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PreMed PrePT Tracks

Combining a unique blend of experiential learning, clinical experience, and a rigorous academic curriculum, you can prepare for a successful career in medicine, public health, physical therapy, or social work.

Learn more about our PreMed/PrePT tracks

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Plus One BS/MPH

Earn a graduate degree in just one extra year through our plus one program in health science. Take graduate courses for the MPH program during your final undergraduate year…

Learn about the BS/MPH plus one program

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Exercise Science Minor

Undergraduate students from any college interested in broaden their understanding of the human body and the role of exercise and physical activity can benefit from this minor.

Learn about our Exercise Science minor

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Global Health Minor

Global health is a critical field of study across diverse disciplines because of the cross-border and trans-national implications of health-related risks for national security, commerce, transportation and healthcare.

Learn about our global health minor

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Health Sciences Minor

Learn more about public health including health care research, policy, management and delivery, epidemiology, informatics, communications and contemporary issues in food policy, nutrition, health disparities, disease prevention and disability…

Learn about our health sciences minor

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Nutrition Minor

This program is designed for students of other disciplines across the university who wish to expand and apply their understanding in key concepts of nutrition and how…

Learn about our Nutrition minor

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Public Health Minor

The program is designed for students from other disciplines who wish to explore key components of public health including…

Learn about our public health minor

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Undergraduate BS/MPH

Seize the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH program during your final undergraduate year, that count toward both a BS and an MPH, allowing you to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time.

Learn more about the BS/MPH program

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Undergraduate PharmD/MPH

PharmD/MPH students work with advisors from both the School of Pharmacy and the MPH Program to design a flexible program of study that enables them to use their electives strategically…

Learn about our PharmD/MPH program

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Direct Entry PharmD/MPH

The Direct-Entry joint Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)/Master of Public Health (MPH) program enables students to broaden the scope of their pharmacy training to include a public health perspective…

Learn about our direct entry PharmD/MPH program

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MS in Health Informatics/MPH

Graduates of this program will benefit from a greater understanding of public health issues along with knowledge and skills in information science, business management and healthcare…

Learn about the MS in Health Informatics/MPH program

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MS in Exercise Science/MPH

This dual degree program allows qualified students to achieve their goal of obtaining a more robust understanding of public health through an MPH degree while also completing their MS in Exercise Science…

Learn about our MS in Exercise Science/MPH program

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Physician Assistant/MPH

Accepted applicants to Northeastern’s Physician Assistant Program have the opportunity to pursue a joint degree, the PA/MPH, which is offered by Physician Assistant Studies Program in conjunction with the Master of Public Health…

Learn more about our PA/MPH program

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JD/MPH

The JD/MPH dual-degree program with Bouvé College of Health Sciences brings together interdisciplinary faculty from the law, business, social sciences and the humanities, and computer and information sciences…

Learn about our JD/MPH

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Health Informatics, MS

Gain the knowledge to use information technology that improves healthcare delivery and outcomes while collaborating with fellow students from diverse professional backgrounds…

Learn about our MS in health informatics

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Personal Health Informatics, PhD

This program combines interdisciplinary curriculum with rigorous research opportunities, including collaborations with industry, medical institutions, community organizations…

Learn about the PhD in personal health informatics

Message from the Chair

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
Department Chair
316L Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.7326
s.harlan@northeastern.edu