Health Science (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health Professions
HEGIS Number: 1299.10

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Description of the Major

The Health Science curriculum lets students explore many areas of health care. This interdisciplinary program will prepare students to understand, manage, and respond to the new and evolving health care environment in a wide range of settings such as hospital or nursing home administration, health insurance, health informatics, or health marketing. This major is also appropriate for students interested in pursuing admission into graduate programs for careers in clinical health professions, public health, and/or research.


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. Develop a strong knowledge base regarding biomedical science, health data and quality management, health informatics, and information technology.
  2. Obtain appropriate systems-based practice tools and protocols in medical, public health, and healthcare management settings.
  3. Develop 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.

Progression in the Program

This field of study provides a unique opportunity for students to explore many areas of health science - such as health policy, administration, informatics, management, public health, and other science-based health related professions.

Students planning to pursue graduate study should collaborate closely with a department advisor early in their academic careers to identify admission requirements and plan course selection accordingly. A minimum GPA of 3.0, strong performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and strong performance in certain prerequisite courses is required for admission to many health related master's degree programs.


Health Science BS


Major Requirements

GERO101Introduction to Gerontology I 
HPGC101Basic Concepts of Health Professions 
HE201Foundations of Health and Wellness 
HPGC102Public Health 
HE312Health and Disease 
HS105Medical Terminology 
HS201Health Informatics 
HS211Marketing in Health Care 
HS302Health Policy 
HS303Nursing Home Administration 
HE314Nutrition and Health 
HS401Field-Based Experience in Health Science I 
HS402Field-Based Experience in Health Science II 
PHIL102Beginning Informal Logic 
PHIL103Introduction to Philosophy 
PHIL308Healthcare Ethics 
WRIT303Research and Writing for Professional Programs 

Program Electives

Students must choose 12 credits (200-level and above) in one of the following subjects: BIO, BUS, CHEM, ECON, MATH, PHYS, PSY, SOC 
Credit Totals 
Total Health Science Program credits56 
Total Core Curriculum credits36-42 
Total free elective credits22-28 
Total credits for the BS in Health Science120 


  1. HPGC 102 or PHIL 102 may also be taken to fulfill the Pathways Flexible Core: Scientific World requirement.
  2. PHIL 103 may also be taken to fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual & Society requirement.
  3. Students who have already taken WRIT 301, WRIT 302, or WRIT 304 may substitute that course for WRIT 303.
  4. WRIT 303 and HS 401 may also be taken to partially fulfill the College Option Core writing requirements.
  5. Student and advisor should select aspecific cohort of courses based on post graduation interests. Students who want to pursure graduate study in one of the sciences must see an advisor in the science discipline of interest.

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