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What is Health Science?

The goal of health science is the maintenance and improvement of health through the application of science. The field encompasses a variety of sub-disciplines relating to the care of health, including the study of public health, health care administration, health promotion and education, nutrition, disease and other issues that affect health and well-being. Students who have earned a Health Sciences degree may work in hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations, private companies or schools.

About the Program

UVM’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree provides an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on experience with foundational courses in public and global health, statistics, health promotion, health education, health communication, health care finance and ethics. Basic and applied health theories and methods are used to examine real issues affecting populations. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of careers such as health care administrators, program planners, patient and family liaisons, and health and wellness educators. This unique program provides students with the added flexibility of online course options and fieldwork experience.

Career-focused electives, pre-requisites for graduate school, research with a faculty mentor, or an optional minor or certificate can be incorporated into the four-year degree. This program provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate study in the health professions. Students interested in fields such as medicine, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, athletic training, pharmacy, public health or other graduate programs may wish to explore the pre-health opportunities at UVM  and accelerated master's degrees >>

As part of the 120 credits required for the degree, students complete 36 credits in required Health Sciences courses and 60 credits in distributions requirements including: 18 credits in Natural and Applied Sciences, 12 credits in Social and Behavioral science, 6 credits in Humanities, 6 credits in Math, 6 credits in English and 18 credits in health-related electives. The Health Sciences major is offered as a four-year residential or online degree completion option.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate public and global health issues in the context of political, environmental, economic, and socio-cultural conditions.
  • Describe the challenges associated with health disparities at the state, national and global levels.
  • Analyze and interpret data about health systems.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary and population-focused health policy research.
  • Contribute to the solution of health problems as they relate to individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Qualify for employment or graduate professional study in health related fields.

How to Apply

  • First-year residential students should apply via UVM Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Intrauniversity and external applicants for the residential program must have a minimum 2.3 GPA to apply. An applicant who plans to complete all the work online (online degree completion) must have a 2.7 to be considered. Questions about eligibility may be directed to the Office of Student Services within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences: (802) 656-3858 or
  • Pathway 1 - Intrauniversity Transfer Applicant

  • Current University of Vermont students may apply to transfer into the program at any time during their first two years as undergraduates. Students should be aware that this is not a fully online program until their distribution requirements are met, as the majority of the distribution courses are not currently offered online. All Health Sciences degree requirements are offered online. Application for Internal Transfer >>
  • Pathway 2 - External Transfer Applicant

  • Students can apply to this pathway if they have earned 30 credits at an accredited college or university and taken one semester of a course in natural, life or applied science with lab or practicum. Prospective students should be aware that 45 of the final 60 credits must be earned at the University of Vermont. Application for External Transfer >>


Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

Study Abroad, Internship and Research Opportunities

Study Abroad

UVM hosts a full-semester Health Sciences exchange program with Maastricht University in The Netherlands; and offers a variety of health-related short-term travel options in locations including Belize, Cuba, Mexico, Mongolia and Iceland. Learn more about UVM study abroad options >>

Internships and Field Experience

Students complete an interdisciplinary internship/field experience that focuses on health care, public health, community health or global health. Students will work with faculty to arrange an internship, research or service opportunity which provides an applied practical experience where students have the opportunity to integrate their knowledge, skills and experience. Fieldwork experiences may be in Vermont or elsewhere with approval from the Health Sciences program director. Internship settings include health care organizations, public health offices, and community-based and nongovernmental global health organizations.


Students have the option to work directly with UVM faculty in their research laboratories. Learn more about research opportunities >>


Students with a health sciences degree pursue careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Health care administration, analysis and program planning
  • Patient and family advocacy
  • Health communications and education
  • Community health work
  • Health informatics
4 Year Plan for Career Success


College of Nursing and Health Sciences
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  • Health care administration and program planning
  • Patient and family advocacy
  • Health communications