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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Personal Health Informatics PhD

The PhD in Personal Health Informatics (PHI) is a joint program between the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences…

Learn about our PhD in Personal Health Informatics

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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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Real World Evidence

Real World Evidence is the clinical evidence regarding the usage and potential benefits, or risks of a medical product derived from analysis of real-world data…

Learn about our RWE MS

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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.

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Public Health, BA

The Public Health major is for students with an interest in the sociocultural factors shaping health, public health policy, or administration.

Learn more about the BA in Public Health

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Message from the Chair

Our mission in the Department of Health Sciences is to educate the next generation of leaders in public health and clinical health professions; to conduct cutting-edge research on causes of negative health outcomes and ways to prevent them; and to contribute to our communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Our undergraduate major in Health Sciences is among the most popular at Northeastern and our major in Public Health is an outstanding option for students with an interest in sociocultural factors shaping health, public health policy or administration. Undergraduates in our majors learn hands-on through exciting co-op placements, mostly in the Greater Boston area – a hub of public health and clinical activity.

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) and other master’s programs share a commitment to experiential learning and offer unmatched levels of interaction between students and expert faculty. The Population Health PhD program offers close faculty mentorship and has an enviable track record of placement of students into faculty positions at top universities. The innovative, PhD program in Personal Health Informatics, conducted jointly with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, is a model of interdisciplinary education.

Though our faculty have a variety of backgrounds and foci, a passion for advancing health equity is a strong, unifying factor that permeates our research, teaching, and community involvement. These efforts take on many forms, including the activities of our Social Justice Steering Committee; efforts to advance LGBTQ+ health; and to mitigate negative impacts of racism and other prejudices.

I believe the more you learn about our department, the more excited you will become about what our faculty, staff and students have accomplished, but even more so about what can be accomplished in the future.

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Rob Leeman, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
316L Robinson Hall
Tel: 617.373.6501
[email protected]