Our nation has a growing and aging population, requiring an increased number of health care professionals. There is a need for doctors and nurses, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, radiation technologists, pharmacists and more. There is also a demand for those who manage health care delivery and create policies and structures, including public health officials, health educators, crisis management experts and hospital administrators.
The Health Sciences program will prepare you for a variety of health care professions by combining biomedical instruction and preparation for medical practice with an understanding of how societal factors impact health.
Whether you want to become a health care practitioner, administrator or policy-maker, you will learn how to solve health-related problems as part of a team.
The Health Sciences program offers concentrations in Bioscience and Public Health Studies. The Bioscience concentration focuses on the scientific elements of an individual's health, preparing you for a career in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy. Bioscience concentration tracks include:
- General Track
- Lab Investigations Track
- Medical Track
- Pre-Nursing Track
The Public Health Studies concentration focuses on understanding the health care needs of populations, preparing you for a career in community health, health care administration, health communication and public health. Public Health Studies concentration tracks include:
- General Track
- Community Health Track
- Health Education Track
- Health Policy & Administration Track
We also offer a combined bachelor's in Health Sciences/master's in Health Communication degree, allowing you complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.
Health Sciences faculty members come from a number of departments, including biology, chemistry, communication, nursing, psychology, public health and sociology, allowing you to learn about the health care industry from a variety of perspectives.
Chicago is home to an extensive health care system and numerous insurance companies, medical associations and pharmaceutical corporations. You will have multiple opportunities to gain hands-on experience through internships and research projects in hospitals, laboratories and medical-industry settings.