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Health Science

About

Health Science combines biomedical instruction with an understanding of how psychological and societal factors impact health.

The Health Science major prepares students for medical, dental, and other healthcare graduate programs such as physical therapy, physician’s assistant, occupational therapy, podiatry, optometry, or nursing. Saint Michael’s graduates have outstanding admission rates to healthcare professional schools.

Majoring in Health Science can also prepare you for direct entry to jobs in many sectors of the healthcare industry right after graduation.

Learn more about the Health Science program from our Saint Michael’s professors in the video below:

 

 

Course Offerings

Health Science Major Requirements

Required Courses:

  • BI 152 – Introduction to Health Science
  • BI 153 – Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
  • CH 110 – General Chemistry I
  • CH 117 – Organic Chemistry I
  • BI 207 – Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 219 – Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PS 350 – Psychology of Health and Illness

Choose one:

  • ST 120 – Elementary Statistics
  • ST 140 – Biological Data & Statistics
  • PS 213 – Psychological Statistics

Choose one:

  • PH XXX – Bioethics (new course)
  • PH 233 – Healthcare
  • RS 328 – Christian Health Care Ethics

Choose three electives at the 200-level or above:

  • BI 215 – Epidemiology
  • BI 222 – Population and Evolutionary Genetics
  • BI 225 – Cell Biology
  • BI 230 – Microbiology
  • BI XXX – Nutrition (new course)
  • BI 365 – Immunology and Parasitology

Choose one:

  • Senior Seminar in Health Science or Biology or Neuroscience
  • Internship or Practicum approved by the Program Director

Health Science majors not pursuing medical, dental, or other clinical professions are encouraged to complete a minor in a field related to their career goals. Health Science majors who are pursuing medical, dental, or other clinical professions should take the following six additional courses (not required for the Health Science major):

  • MA 130 – Elements of Calculus or MA 150 – Calculus I
  • CH 207 – Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 208 – General Chemistry II
  • CH/BI 321 – Comprehensive Biochemistry
  • PY 220 – General Physics I
  • PY 221 – General Physics II

Electives of potential interest to Health Science majors which may fulfill Core requirements include:

  • AN 341 – Culture, Illness, and Healing
  • EC 225 – Economics of Health Care
  • EM 101 – Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • HI 345 – The Black Death
  • PO 351 – Politics of the Global AIDS Pandemic
  • PH 351 – Otherness and Marginalization

In Depth

The Health Science major combines courses in Biology and Chemistry that provide a foundation in the science of medicine with classes that explore the broader context of health like psychology and medical ethics. Students are encouraged to supplement these required courses with electives in science and the role of medicine in history and society. This approach provides the background necessary to be a successful medical professional.

Saint Michael’s offers personal pre-health advising for all students considering careers in healthcare. Our goals are to help students identify the healthcare profession that is appropriate for them, and assist students on their journey to develop into qualified, competitive applicants for healthcare professional schools and programs.

Special Opportunites

Internships

Many local and regional organizations offer health-related internships to Health Science majors, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • UVM Medical Center
  • Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.
  • Associates in Orthodontics
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Whole Health Nutrition
  • Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
  • Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Essex Physical Therapy
  • Hampton Physical Therapy
  • Howard Center for Human Services
  • Maitri Health Care
  • Brain Injury Association of Vermont

 

Research

Health Science majors have the opportunity to conduct original research projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The Trustee Scholar Program provides students with stipends for full-time summer research projects. Other student-faculty research is funded through external grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, or other private foundations or government agencies.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with local health providers is a great way to help the community while gaining valuable experience.  For information about finding clinical experiences and making the most out of your volunteer opportunities, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges.

 

Saint Michael’s College Fire and Rescue

The SMC Rescue Unit is a unique way for students to gain real-world, hands-on medical experience.  Student crews respond to 2200 calls annually, dealing with medical emergencies in nearby towns.  Student volunteers can earn CPR, EMT, and Advanced EMT certification.

 

University of Vermont Medical Center

There are many positions available at the nearby UVM Medical Center, including:

  • Art from the Heart: Assist with art sessions for children on the Pediatrics Unit
  • Emergency Department Waiting Room: Serve as a liaison between staff, family, and patients. Escort visiting family members.
  • Pediatrics: Participate in Child Life Play Program: involve pediatric patients in play activities. Training provided by Child Life Specialist.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Medical Intensive Care Unit Liaison: Assist staff by supporting families of patients who are in the SICU/MICU waiting areas. Act as a liaison between families and staff.
  • No One Dies Alone Volunteer: Volunteer to sit vigil with dying patients in the absence of family or friends.

 

Visiting Nurse Association

The Visiting Nurse Association provides volunteer opportunities in hospice, respite care, and other areas.

Careers

Saint Michael’s has a long tradition of success for graduates entering healthcare professions.  Professional schools our students have attended in recent years include:

Medical:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut Medical School
  • University of Vermont School of Medicine
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dental:

  • NYU Dental School
  • SUNY-Buffalo Dental School
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Not all health careers require you to go to graduate school.  Entry-level positions are available for Health Science majors at hospitals, community health centers, clinics, private health care practices, relief organizations, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, hospices, sports and fitness facilities, the Centers for Disease Control, refugee and immigrant organizations, non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, and nursing and residential care facilities.

In Depth

The Health Science major combines courses in Biology and Chemistry that provide a foundation in the science of medicine with classes that explore the broader context of health like psychology and medical ethics. Students are encouraged to supplement these required courses with electives in science and the role of medicine in history and society. This approach provides the background necessary to be a successful medical professional.

Saint Michael’s offers personal pre-health advising for all students considering careers in healthcare. Our goals are to help students identify the healthcare profession that is appropriate for them, and assist students on their journey to develop into qualified, competitive applicants for healthcare professional schools and programs.

Special Opportunites

Internships

Many local and regional organizations offer health-related internships to Health Science majors, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • UVM Medical Center
  • Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.
  • Associates in Orthodontics
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Whole Health Nutrition
  • Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
  • Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Essex Physical Therapy
  • Hampton Physical Therapy
  • Howard Center for Human Services
  • Maitri Health Care
  • Brain Injury Association of Vermont

 

Research

Health Science majors have the opportunity to conduct original research projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The Trustee Scholar Program provides students with stipends for full-time summer research projects. Other student-faculty research is funded through external grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, or other private foundations or government agencies.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with local health providers is a great way to help the community while gaining valuable experience.  For information about finding clinical experiences and making the most out of your volunteer opportunities, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges.

 

Saint Michael’s College Fire and Rescue

The SMC Rescue Unit is a unique way for students to gain real-world, hands-on medical experience.  Student crews respond to 2200 calls annually, dealing with medical emergencies in nearby towns.  Student volunteers can earn CPR, EMT, and Advanced EMT certification.

 

University of Vermont Medical Center

There are many positions available at the nearby UVM Medical Center, including:

  • Art from the Heart: Assist with art sessions for children on the Pediatrics Unit
  • Emergency Department Waiting Room: Serve as a liaison between staff, family, and patients. Escort visiting family members.
  • Pediatrics: Participate in Child Life Play Program: involve pediatric patients in play activities. Training provided by Child Life Specialist.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Medical Intensive Care Unit Liaison: Assist staff by supporting families of patients who are in the SICU/MICU waiting areas. Act as a liaison between families and staff.
  • No One Dies Alone Volunteer: Volunteer to sit vigil with dying patients in the absence of family or friends.

 

Visiting Nurse Association

The Visiting Nurse Association provides volunteer opportunities in hospice, respite care, and other areas.

Careers

Saint Michael’s has a long tradition of success for graduates entering healthcare professions.  Professional schools our students have attended in recent years include:

Medical:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut Medical School
  • University of Vermont School of Medicine
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dental:

  • NYU Dental School
  • SUNY-Buffalo Dental School
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Not all health careers require you to go to graduate school.  Entry-level positions are available for Health Science majors at hospitals, community health centers, clinics, private health care practices, relief organizations, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, hospices, sports and fitness facilities, the Centers for Disease Control, refugee and immigrant organizations, non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, and nursing and residential care facilities.