Bringing Compassion to Health Science

In the course of preparing students for careers as nurses, physician assistants and physical therapist, faculty impress upon them the importance of equal access and humanity.

Program Overview

The Health Science degree is for students interested in allied health professional careers such as nurse/nurse practitioner, physical therapist, and physician assistant. This major, which typically leads to graduate and professional school programs, prepares our students to successfully begin the journey of building a career in the growing field of health care.

Clinical Experiences

Stonehill health science students gain clinical experience in a wide variety of ways. Many volunteer in hospitals, clinics and private practices, and some have become EMTs.

Recent Examples

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Medical Center
  • Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital
  • New England Animal Medical Center
  • Local private practices in various fields

Stonehill's Health Sciences Ranked Among the Best in the Country

Stonehill College’s health sciences program was recently ranked eighth in the nation by the college-ranking website College Factual based on factors such as early-career earnings and educational resources.

Career Development Resources

The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs. 
  • Annual career fairs and graduate school information sessions.
  • Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (week-long and semester-long programs).

Recent Outcomes

Places where Stonehill graduates who have pursued health professions careers have recently been employed include:

Recent Health Profession School Placements

Examples of recent acceptances include:

  • Life University College of Chiropractic
  • Logan Chiropractic College
  • Sherman Chiropractic College
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
  • Boston University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • University of North Carolina–Greensboro
  • Boston University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Regis College
  • Simmons College
  • Yale University
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  • Northeastern University
  • Yale University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  • Columbia University
  • Simmons College
  • Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Loyola University
  • Northeastern University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Pennsylvania

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

Sample Courses


HSC 218
An introduction to nutritional biology. Topics include: nutrients and their role in growth, development, health and disease treatment.

Clinical Epidemiology

HSC 276
Epidemiology is the science of measuring the distribution of diseases in a population, uncovering factors that influence those distributions, and evaluating health interventions. Clinical Epidemiology will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of epidemiology and demonstrate application through the lens of relevant health issues. Furthermore, you will develop literacy in genetic and molecular approaches of modern epidemiology that elucidate the impact of gene-environmental interactions on health and trace the transmission and evolution of disease-causing agents.

Understanding Health Disparities (WID)

HSC 350
This course involves an exploration of the social factors that influence the distribution and treatment of illness in society. The class will also include a critical examination of the U.S. healthcare system and the evolution of the doctor-patient relationship in our society. In addition, we will explore factors that increase an individual's risk for health issues such as culture, gender, race and the environment. You will be presented with cross-cultural views on a variety of health problems, and you will be expected to come prepared to think critically about these problems and to participate fully in class discussions.

Capstone Clinical Internship in Health Science

HSC 470
The Clinical Internship Capstone course will provide Health Science majors with a rich clinical and research experience related to their area of clinical interest. The clinical internship may be taken for one semester Junior year, the summer between Junior and Senior Year, or Senior year; or 112 hours of relevant clinical experience (e.g. volunteering and/or shadowing in hospitals, clinics, private practices, working as an EMT or CNA, etc.) An accompanying in-depth research paper is required as part of the Capstone.

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Save Money: Earn Two Degrees in as Little as Four Years

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stonehill College in as little as four years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in education, data analytics or marketing. Stonehill students also receive 20% off for remaining graduate tuition through the Skyhawk Rate.

Honor Societies

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.

Student Clubs

  • Pre-Health Society
  • EMT Society

Common questions about a health science major

If you have the desire to help others and are interested in working in healthcare as an allied health professional (nurse/nurse practitioner, physical therapist and physician assistant), advocate or researcher, then consider majoring in health science at Stonehill. Learn more

The best part about the Health Science program at Stonehill College is that it’s designed to help you succeed in the real world. You’ll gain skills, knowledge and experience that will get ready for whichever allied health path you want. Learn more

If you major in health science, what can you do with it? What type of jobs can you find and what kind of salaries do those jobs pay? Learn more

The short answer is a full-time student will finish a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science in four years. Learn more about what you can expect during that time.

Learn more about tuition and other expenses associated with a health science major.

Contact Information

Katharine M. Harris

Katharine M. Harris

Assistant Professor of Health Science, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Health Science Chair
Health Science

Bright Prognosis for Health Careers

Students interested in health science find Stonehill’s emphasis on internships, research, liberal arts and advising gives them a distinct advantage in this competitive field.