Health Science Degree

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Program Description 

The Health Science Major at Rockhurst University offers a comprehensive curriculum, including courses in leadership, health communications, nutrition, global health, and ethics. To complete the program, students take 15 credit hours in the core health science curriculum, 12 credit hours within their chosen track and one experiential learning credit. Students choose from three customizable tracks to ensure that their learning experience equips them for success in their desired field or graduate school.

The Community Health Management track is recommended for students pursuing non-clinical pathways after graduation in settings such as nonprofit agencies, health and wellness centers, corporate health and wellness companies or government offices.

The Health and Disability track is recommended for students who intend to pursue further study in rehabilitation and recovery, develop health and wellness promotions and programming or serve in a school setting.

The Pre-Nursing track is specifically for students preparing to enter a nursing program however, strategic selection of elective can result in additional degree options.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate professionally aligned content knowledge in the field of health science
  • Apply expert knowledge in the field of health science to relevant case studies
  • Analyze research in the field and sub-fields of health science
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions aligned with Rockhurst's Jesuit values in their capstone course field experiences

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


At Rockhurst, students are encouraged to take their learning and service beyond the classroom and into the community to make a positive difference in the world. The experiential learning component is designed around each student's intended career plan. Students collaboratively work with their advisor to choose a health science-focused experience meeting their individual goals.


  • Graduate study in:
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Nursing
    • Public Health
    • Health Care Administration
  • Health Educator
  • Behavioral Health Consultant
  • Community Health Engagement Coordinator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Health Management Analyst
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator