Health Sciences

The Health Sciences program will prepare you for the variety of the growing healthcare professions by combining biomedical instruction with an understanding of how societal factors impact health. Whether you want to become a healthcare practitioner, administrator or policy-maker, you will learn how to solve health-related problems as part of a team.

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. The Bioscience - Accelerated Program is for qualified Health Sciences majors in the BioScience concentration who have been accepted into an accelerated 3+ College of Science and Health pre-professional program in conjunction with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). 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.

DePaul offers combined bachelor's/master's degree programs, which allow you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years. You may choose to combine your bachelor's in Health Sciences degree with a Health Communication, Public Health, or Nursing master's degree.

Health Sciences faculty members come from a number of disciplines, 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.


Sample Courses:

  • Health Research Literacy
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Bioscience concentration
    • General Track
    • Lab Investigations Track
    • Medical/Graduate Track
    • Pre-Nursing Track
  • Bioscience - Accelerated Program
    • Medicine
    • Pathologists’ Assistant
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Podiatry
  • Public Health Studies concentration
    • General Track
    • Community Health Track
    • Health Education Track
    • Health Policy & Administration Track

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Clinical trials management
  • Community health worker
  • Health care administration
  • Health communication
  • Health policy
  • Hospital administration
  • Medical school
  • Nursing school
  • Pharmacy school
  • Physical therapy school
  • Public health


95 percent of 2015 Health Sciences graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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