Program Contact: Clotilde Dudley-Smith  203-582-7889

Quinnipiac’s online BS in Health Science degree completion program prepares the next wave of dynamic healthcare practitioners and leaders. This program is designed for nontraditional, adult professionals who are looking to change careers and/or increase their opportunities in the growing healthcare industry, as well as for recent associate degree graduates who wish to continue their studies. Completion of this program is possible entirely online, part time, through a curriculum that builds on the individual’s prior educational preparation. Course content emphasizes knowledge and skills that are essential to success in today’s healthcare system while also allowing students a chance to explore the specific areas that interest them most. Students are guided and supported by an academic adviser, who works closely to structure the program to meet each student’s unique career goals. Graduates will be well-equipped to pursue roles across a variety of fields.

For more information visit the Quinnipiac website.

Online Degree Requirements

Graduate Requirement Credits: 120 Transfer Credit: minimum 45 maximum 90 to include 8 credits of Biology or Anatomy and PhysiologyUp to 90
Basic Sciences and Math (or transfer equivalent)
MA 275Biostatistics3
PHY 202Physics of Life and Technology4
CHE 202Chemistry of Macro- and Micronutrients4
Health Science Courses
Health Science Required Courses
HSC 490Health Science Degree Completion Capstone3
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century3
HSC 404Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
Health Science Elective Courses
Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care
Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation
Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective
Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism
Nutrition in Health and Illness
Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level
The Environment and Human Health
Gut Microbes and Human Health
Therapeutic Exercise
Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures
Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions
Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (Electives)
Biomedical Basis and Experience of Human Aging (Elective Courses)
Power of Plagues
Aging in Society
UC 4-Credit Course Options *Please see complete list under University Curriculum
Human and Economic Geography
Colonizing the Body
Doctors, Disease and Death in the Western World
Feminist Theory and the Body

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Health Science Studies online BS completion program, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in core scientific principles in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.


  1. Develop an advanced knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system and effectively describe challenges/issues that affect it.
  2.  Critically evaluate biomedical information and sources to confirm validity and reliability.


  1. Develop administrative, ethical, and professional skills to prepare you for leadership positions throughout the healthcare field.
  2. Understand and apply the concepts of health, healing and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective.
  3. Develop administrative, ethical and professional skills that are relevant to leadership positions in the increasingly diverse healthcare field.


  1. Graduates will apply knowledge of the principles and processes of the basic sciences and scientific methods.
  2. Graduates will analyze health issues and policies based on an integrated interdisciplinary approach.
  3. Graduates will understand technology’s impact on information-gathering and fact-finding and be able to use technology to assess scientific and technical literature.
  4.  Graduates will apply basic logic, mathematical reasoning and statistical analysis to problem solving.
  5.  Graduates will engage in critical thinking, reflection and problem solving through evidence-based practice.
  6.  Graduates will professionally construct and express their ideas, thoughts and concepts through written and verbal communication.
  7.  Graduates will demonstrate professional ethics, lifelong learning, self-awareness and academic integrity.
  8.  Graduates will demonstrate cultural competence by recognizing the cultural beliefs, values, health equity and health practices of diverse populations to improve health access and outcomes.


Admission requirements include no less than 45 and up to 90 transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 2.50, transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, and a resume or curriculum vitae. Prerequisites for the program include 8 credits of Human Biology or Anatomy & Physiology. Students requesting transfer of college-equivalent learning (i.e., hospital-based programs and/or professional certifications) should request information from the program director.

Application procedures are managed through Graduate Admissions.


To progress and remain in good standing, students must maintain a science GPA of 2.50 minimum. Students progress at a pace that they determine, working with their adviser to decide on the number of courses taken each semester (fall, spring and summer semesters). Courses are offered in 7- and 15-week formats. 

Advanced Core Credits

The advanced core courses developed by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, with the learning needs of health science adult students in mind, will enable part-time students to earn credits from the University Curriculum.