Health Science (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health Professions
HEGIS Number: 1299.10

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Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Description of the Major

The Health Science major offers an interdisciplinary approach of study for students seeking to enter the world of health care in a variety of ways. The major will allow for these students to pursue a rigorous course of study before selecting an area of concentration (Health Care Management or Pre-Health Professional Studies) that best suits their career and study interests. With an emphasis on basic science, public health, epidemiology, health informatics and health policy, the two concentrations offered will prepare students to excel in a wide-range of health care environments. Those choosing the Pre-Health Professional Studies Concentration will be prepared to enter graduate programs for careers in clinical health professions, public health, or research. Students who choose the Health Care Management Concentration will be prepared to understand, manage and respond to the new health care environment as entry-level managers in a wide range of settings such as hospital or nursing home administration, health insurance, health informatics, or health marketing.


The Health Science major will prepare students to serve as expert, committed, culturally competent professionals with a focus on patient care, healthcare delivery, and healthcare management. This will occur through both classroom education and experiential opportunities in the workplace.

Major Program Goals/Competencies

Graduates in the Health Science major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a strong knowledge base regarding biomedical science, health data and quality management, health informatics, and information technology.
  2. Employ appropriate systems-based practice tools and protocols in medical, public health, and healthcare management settings.
  3. Demonstrate the critical thinking and information-mining skills necessary to become lifelong learners.
  4. Produce well-founded, statistically sound analyses of health interventions, programs and policies.
  5. Utilize expert communication and collaborative skills.
  6. Exhibit consistently ethical and professional behavior in health care environments.
  7. Formulate a vision for the future practice of health care and implement plans to realize that vision in the surrounding community.

Eligibility for Admission into the Upper Division of the Major

Students must apply for admission to the upper division and internship portion of the Health Science program. To be eligible for admission, students require:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5*
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all the prerequisite courses
  • A minimum grade of "C" or better in all of the Major Core Requirements courses (see below for the list)

*Since a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required of most masters programs in health and related areas for admission, student's cumulative GPA will be followed by the program. Regular advisement by program faculty is important. Faculty will closely advise any students whose cumulative GPAs fall below the 3.0. In addition, students hoping to go on to graduate school or professional programs will be encouraged to participate in GRE preparation during their junior and senior years in order to support them in passing entrance examinations.

Upper Division of the Major

During their upper division study, students will complete a 32-credit subspecialty concentration, and a year-long capstone experience in the field. The capstone will involve work in at least two health care settings during the year. At least one of the settings will be a primary care facility for the underserved, drawn from our existing partners in the Southeast Queens community. In consultation with the supervisory instructor, HPHS 402 course instructor and BSHSc program coordinator, the second capstone experience will require students to select a problem or concern and then devise a clinical, management, or IT solution (depending on their chosen concentration) to the problem. This second capstone will culminate in student presentations at the College's annual Undergraduate Research Day.

Eligibility for Field Study

To be eligible for field work, students must:

  • Have completed all other required Health Science courses.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 in the major and overall.
  • Have the written permission of the Health Science Coordinator.
Effective Fall 2015 

Health Science BS


Pre Major Requirements

BIO201Biological Principles I 
BIO202Biological Principles II 
CHEM108Principles of Chemistry I 3.5 
CHEM109Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1.5 
CHEM111Principles of Chemistry II 3.5 
CHEM112Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory 1.5 
GERO101Introduction to Gerontology I 
HPGC101Basic Concepts of Health Professions 
HE201Foundations of Health and Disease 
HPGC102Public Health 
HE312Health and Disease 
MATH121Analytic Geometry Calculus I 
PSY102Introduction to Psychology 
PHIL102Beginning Informal Logic 
PHIL103Introduction to Philosophy 
ECON102Introduction to Microeconomics* 
SOC101Introduction to Sociology 
* ECON 102 is required for Healthcare Management Concentration. 

Major Core Requirements

HPHS105Medical Terminology 
HPHS201Health Informatics 
HPHS211Marketing in Health Care 
HPHS302Health Policy 
HPHS401Field-Based Experience in Health Science I 
HPHS402Field-Based Experience in Health Science II 

Students Must Choose From One of the Following Concentrations


Health Care Management Concentration (HCM)

ACC101Accounting I 
ACC103Principles of Managerial Accounting 
BUS201Computer Applications in Business 
BUS283Business Law 
BUS301Management Theory and Practice 
BUS315Health Care management 
ECON103Introduction to Macroeconomics 
ECON220Introduction to Economic Statistics 
HPHS303Nursing Home Administration 
PSY251Organizational Behavior 
PSY252Leadership, Motivation & Power 
PSY253Industrial/Organizational Psychology 

Pre-Health Professional Studies Concentration (PHPS)

BIO234Anatomy & Physiology I 
BIO235Anatomy & Physiology II 
BIO301Molecular Biology & Biotechnology 
CHEM231Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM232Techniques in Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM233Organic Chemistry II 
CHEM234Techniques in Organic Chemistry II 
Students who choose Pre-Health Professional Studies must choose one of the two tracks below 

PHPS - Track 1: MPH/MS

Choose 10 credits from the following: 
BIO265Clinical Microbiology 
HE314Nutrition and Health 
BTEC302Theory and Methods in Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals 
PHIL308Healthcare Ethics 

PHPS - Track 2: Clinical

PHYS113Physics Laboratory I 
PHYS115College Physics I 
PHYS117University Physics I 
PHYS114Physics Laboratory II 
PHYS116College Physics II 
PHYS118University Physics II 

Notice to Students on Criminal Background Checks and Drug Testing

Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime. Like many state licensing boards, the Office of the Professions of the New York State Education Department requires that a criminal background check be conducted prior to granting a license.

The Department of Health Professions at York College does not require a criminal background check for admission to our degree program, but the Department's educational requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off-campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical training.

If, based upon the results of a criminal background check, the site determines that a student's participation in its clinical training program would not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student's performance while in the training program. Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the background check. You may also have to complete more than one criminal background check during the course of the Health Professions at York College depending on the number of sites where you are placed and the requirements of each site.

Some clinical rotation sites may also require that students submit to a drug test as a condition of their participation. Students will be responsible for the cost of this testing. Refusal to have a test may result in an inability to complete the rotation and possibly the professional program.

Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check or drug test (or due to refusal to submit to a drug test), you may be unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the professional program. It is important for you to consider this before you enroll in a program offered by the Department of Health Professions at York College, as York College has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to otherwise accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background check, or if you are denied a license to practice.

Health Science Affiliations:

  • Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, NY
  • St. Albans Veteran Administration Hospital, St. Albans, NY
  • New York Hospital Queens, Flushing, NY
  • Woodhull Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
  • Damian Family Practice, Queens and Bronx, NY
  • St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, Roslyn, NY
  • Alan S. Detweiler, D.O., Far Rockaway, NY
  • The Holliswood Hospital, Holliswood, NY
  • Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Jamaica, NY
  • Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn NY
  • Premiere Pediatrics of New York, Staten Island, NY
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst, NY
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Various locations
  • Morris Heights Health Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Emergency Medical Care, Manhattan, NY

Undergraduate Articulation:

  • CUNY's Queensborough Community College (A.S. Health Science)

Graduate Articulation:

  • University of Bridgeport's Graduate School of Health Sciences