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UVM Medical Center

The mission of the UVM Health Sciences program is to strive for health equity by preparing the next generation of leaders to improve the health of individuals and communities through basic science and applying the principles of population health. Students learn how to define, assess and address health issues facing individuals and communities. The program is public health focused, and includes: health promotion and education, global health, epidemiology, health communication, and understanding the US health care systems.

Career-directed electives, prerequisites for graduate school, research with a faculty mentor, an optional minor or certificate can be incorporated into the four-year degree. The program provides the added flexibility of online course options.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

View major requirements for the B.S. in Health Sciences in the University of Vermont Catalogue.

ACCREDITATION

The UVM Health Sciences program (B.S) is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. The accreditation review will address the Health Sciences B.S. Other degrees and areas of study offered by this institution will not be included in the unit of accreditation review. Learn more >>

Beyond the classroom

Senior Capstone Experience

In their final year, students complete a culminating capstone field experience that directly contributes to the health of populations. This field experience involves an integrated service-learning placement where students are paired with a local community partner agency for the semester. Community partners have included:

  • RiseVT
  • Northern Vermont Area Health Education Center
  • Pride Center of Vermont
  • Bayada Hospice
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Students may also pursue optional internships throughout their degree at settings such as public health offices and organizations focused on health care, community and non-governmental global health.

Research with Faculty

There are numerous opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research on campus. Students may choose to work with a BHSC researcher or one of the many faculty members on campus engaged in health-related research.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad opportunities can easily be incorporated into the curriculum. One option includes a full-semester health sciences program exchange with Maastricht University in The Netherlands. A variety of health-related short-term travel programs also exist.

Pre-Health Guidance

Students interested in  medicine, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, athletic training, pharmacy, public health or other graduate programs work with their academic and pre-health advisors to incorporate the recommended requirements into their curriculum plans.

Graduate employment rate

96%

Careers

  • Health benefits navigator
  • Global health program associate
  • Policy analyst
  • Health educator
  • Research assistant
  • Health communication associate
  • Disease prevention specialist
  • Injury prevention specialist
  • Health information specialist
  • Nutrition and physical activity coordinator
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Alumni also pursue graduate study in public health, medicine, physical therapy, medical social work and advanced nursing practice

Related Information

Minors

Certificates

  • Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching