Why Study Health Sciences?
Many individuals help people receive quality health care—including non-clinicians working in hospital administration, community health promotion, and other areas in the public and private sectors. These positions require excellent communication and leadership skills, as well as strong backgrounds in life and health sciences. The Health Sciences major will prepare you for non-clinical positions in healthcare related to administration, management, and/or health promotion, as well as for continued graduate and professional studies.
Health Sciences (BS) Concentrations
One Major, Two Tracks
The health sciences major offers two concentrations: health systems management and health and wellness. You can concentrate in either or both tracks. And you do not have to decide right away—all health sciences majors take the same six core classes, so you can learn more about what each track entails before committing.
Learn about the organizational structure and science supporting healthcare through a range of courses, including epidemiology and health care policy and politics.
Chicago offers a wide array of internship opportunities for health sciences majors. North Park students have held internships at many sites, including:
- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
- American Lung Association
- Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital
- Kindred Hospital
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
- North Park Friendship Center
- Swedish Hospital
- Wings Program
Alumni Careers and Graduate Schools
Health Sciences graduates find careers in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of hospitals and clinics. Our alumni include care coordinators, research analysts and assistants, financial counselors, claims adjudicators, human resources assistants, health promotion specialists, and outreach coordinators. They have pursued graduate work in public health, physical therapy, nursing, business, and as physician assistants.
Faculty Spotlight: Suzen Moeller
Dr. Moeller models service and leadership through health education. “Education itself is a great political and economic equalizer and education about how to improve our own health and well-being is especially empowering,” says Dr. Moeller.
Beyond the Classroom
Enhance your education by getting involved with various service and extracurricular activities at North Park. Opportunities include:
- Joining an annual Global Partnerships trip with a healthcare focus, to places like Mexico or Zambia
- Volunteering in Chicago through Urban Outreach
- Playing intramural sports
- Joining a student cultural club or special interest organization