Health Sciences

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In Fall 2014, North Park University opened the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped with 30 state-of-the-art labs and technology-enhanced classrooms. Built to meet LEED-certification standards for environmental responsibility in construction and operation, the Johnson Center is the new hub of scientific life at North Park and a stunning addition to the campus community.  

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Health science professionals
Why Study Health Sciences?

Many individuals make it possible for healthcare systems to provide quality patient care—office managers, clinical services managers, hospital administrators, and community health liaisons, just to name a few. Not only do these positions require excellent communications and leadership skills, they also need people with a strong background in life and health sciences. A major in health sciences will prepare you a wide range of non-clinical, allied health careers or for an advanced degree in healthcare administration or social work.

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Why North Park?

North Park University has been preparing tomorrow’s healthcare leaders through pre-professional and nursing programs for more than 50 years. Our new bachelor of science degree in health sciences builds on this expertise, combining life and health sciences with management and leadership coursework specific to the healthcare industry. With connections at hospitals and organizations across Chicagoland, you’ll have opportunities for valuable internships to connect your classroom learning with hands-on experience. Your professors will get to know you personally in small class and lab settings, and help you choose opportunities so you can be successful in reaching your career goals.

Careers in Health Sciences

  • Clinical services director
  • Health services manager
  • Practice administrator for a physician's group
  • Healthcare program manager
  • Health educator
  • Training and development manager

Interesting Classes

Prepare for an allied health career with both science and business courses, including:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Healthcare Policy and Politics
  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Healthcare Economics and Finance

Explore the courses and requirements for the health sciences major.

Hands-On Experience

During your final year of the health sciences major, you’ll complete a health science practicum to gain hands-on experience in a healthcare environment. You’ll be paired with a local organization to undertake a project that both matches your career goals but also will be valuable to their practice and will lead to a real outcome for their practitioners or patients.

Build on Your Allied Health Degree

North Park’s bachelor of science degree in health sciences is a great way to build on an associate’s degree in an allied health field. By transferring into this program, you can build on your knowledge and enhance your opportunity for advancement in careers like radiology, respiratory therapy, or sonography.

Learn more about transferring to North Park.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Linda Duncan developed the health sciences major to respond to the demand for trained managers and administrators in the industry— something she has experienced for more than 30 years through ongoing work as well as through building relationships with providers and the School of Nursing.

Learn more about Dr. Duncan and the faculty in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and School of Business and Nonprofit Management.

Linda Duncan, Dean of the School of Nursing
Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education by getting involved with various service and extracurricular activities at North Park. Opportunities include:

Nonprofit Leadership

North Park is one of Chicago’s premier institutions for nonprofit education. Our Nonprofit Leadership Certificate is available to students in any major, and may be a perfect addition for health sciences majors who anticipate a career in one of many hospitals or healthcare clinics in the nonprofit sector. Through this certificate, you’ll earn the nationally-recognized CNP credential, giving you a valuable advantage when you enter the workforce.