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Health Sciences

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in health sciences is a path for students interested in entering clinically related health fields such as medicine, nursing, physical therapy or occupational therapy. The program also provides a solid scientific and health-oriented curriculum for professional or graduate education.

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Major in Health Sciences

If you choose to major in health sciences at SLU, you will gain an understanding of the health care system and its complexities. Students take a core curriculum of classes that include study of the U.S. health care system, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, human development and fundamentals of healthy living.

You'll become familiar with electronic health systems, consumer health care issues and legal aspects of health care. This flexible degree program also allows for diverse areas of concentration, so you'll be able to focus on areas of health science that most interest you.

The program is offered through Doisy College of Health Sciences and allows students to select from a variety of tracks including pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-medicine, pre-nursing and pre-physician assistant options.

Curriculum
  • HSCI 1000: Introduction to Health Sciences
  • HSCI 2000: The U.S. Health Care System
  • HSCI 2100: Healthcare Management
  • HSCI 2500: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • HSCI 2200: Medical Terminology
  • HSCI 3200: Health Law and Policy
  • HSI 3300: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HSI 3310: Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
  • HSI 3400: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • HSI 3410: Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
  • HSCI 3500: Health Care Technology
  • HSCI 3700: Research Methods
  • HSCI 4000: Neuroscience in Daily Life
  • HSCI 4500: Hot Topics in Health Care
  • HSCI 4600: Consumer Healthcare Technology
  • HSCI 4700: Health Care and Human Resource Management
Internships and Careers

The majority of students with a bachelor's degree in health sciences go on to medical school, graduate school or other post-baccalaureate studies. Students are also prepared for non-clinical employment opportunities within health care, such as health care coordinator, case manager, health services officer, corporate wellness administrator, medicolegal death investigator and patient advocate.

Faculty

The expertise and skill of SLU’s health sciences faculty and staff creates an environment committed to the ideals of lifelong learning and service excellence within the Jesuit tradition. They emphasize flexibility, mutual support, diversity and openness, and respect among students, faculty and staff.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. ACT scores must consist of at least a 20 composite score, with no subsection lower than a 19. Equivalent SAT scores are acceptable. The average GPA in the program in 3.6 on a 4.0 scale and the average ACT score is 24.


Interprofessional Education

Planning on Grad School? 

SLU’s health sciences program serves as a great pre-professional option for students going on to a graduate education. In addition to learning about health sciences, anatomy and physiology, students in our program will also learn about research methods, health care management, patient health records, health care policy and law, and more.