Health Sciences Program

Dr. Christina Mortellaro, Advisor

The Health Sciences major offers two tracks. General Studies in Health Sciences and Radiography. Both tracks include a combined 90 credits of the core curriculum and major requirements, with an additional 30 credits specific to the selected track.

Providing an interdisciplinary education, the liberal arts are infused into the program's curriculum with a specific focus on health science, with 18 of the 57 credits of major requirements applied to the core curriculum.

The curriculum was carefully designed to align with the National Consortium of Health Science Education (NCHSE) standards that "represent core expectations transferable  to many health professions."

BI-171Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BI-171LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab 10
BI-172Anatomy and Physiology II 14
BI-172LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab 10
HL-180Foundations of Health Science3
SO-121Introduction to Sociology 23
EC-101Macroeconomic Principles 23
MA-132Statistics for Life Sciences 33
MA-210Mathematics for the Health Sciences 33
TH-204Healthcare in the Christian Tradition 43
PS-151Introduction to Psychology3
LW-156Legal Aspects of Health Care3
BI-220Concepts of Human Health & Disease3
HM-210Health Care Issues and Organization3
PL-254Contemporary Issues in Bioethics 53
or PL-256 Food Ethics and Justice
BI-271Concepts of Public Health3
BI-303Medical Terminology3
SO-368Health & Inequalities:RaceClassGender (Pluralism)3
HL-320Healthcare Leadership & Communication3
HL-485Curr. Iss. & Trends: Interprof Hlth. Sci (Capstone, WI)4
Specialization/Track (General Studies or Radiography)30
Total Credits87

General Studies in Health Sciences Track

The General Studies track also covers specific competencies that would be required for students to qualify to take the National Health Science Certificate (NHSC) examination administered by the Consortium.

Select two of the following courses from Biology6
Environmental Health
Human Nutrition
Select two of the following courses from Psychology (one from each Group). The same course cannot count for both Groups.6
Group A:
Childhood and Adolescence
Adulthood and Aging
Group B:
Childhood and Adolescence
Adulthood and Aging
Abnormal Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Bio Foundations : Human Sexuality
Select two of the following courses from Health & Physical Education6
Physiology of Exercise and Healthy Aging
Compl Thrpy Health Wellness Cognition
Current Issues in Health Education
Fitness and Wellness
Required course
HL-495Internship: Community Health3
Free Electives9
Total Credits30

Radiography Track

Students in this track are admitted to Saint Peter’s University into the Health Sciences, Radiography Track. Students apply for Conditional Admit Status to Englewood Hospital School of Radiography at the start of their third year at Saint Peter’s, and the granting of Conditional Admit Status is at the sole discretion of Englewood Hospital School of Radiography.

Students must meet the admission requirements of the School of Radiography, be recommended by the Program Director, and successfully complete an interview at Englewood Hospital School of Radiography. Once students with Conditional Admit Status successfully complete the required spring semester courses of their third year, they may apply for Admit Status through the Admissions Office of Englewood Hospital School of Radiography. Students must satisfy all of the admission requirements of the School of Radiography, including volunteer service and the required level of performance on an entrance examination, TEAS V. The granting of admission is at the sole discretion of each individual School of Radiography.


HL-180. Foundations of Health Science. 3.00 Credits.

An introductory course to the health sciences, will explore the perspectives of diverse but interrelated health professions of public health, individual health, and healthcare delivery. The course will address health maintenance, employability skills, teamwork, and safety practices to ensure effective patient-centered outcomes between healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers. Students will learn the technical skills for measuring and recording vital signs, including CPR and OSHA certification. Prerequisites: BI-171 MINIMUM GRADE C.

HL-200. Compl Thrpy Health Wellness Cognition. 3.00 Credits.

The course will cover the depth and breadth of research-supported information on optimizing health, well-being, cognition and quality of life through complementary therapies. We will cover the implementation of these complementary therapies in the business environment, education environment, mental health environment, and through the exercise science platform. Some of the modalities covered and practiced in this course include meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness based stress reduction, stress management coping strategies, and age-related coping strategies for a lifetime.

HL-220. Concepts of Human Health & Disease. 3.00 Credits.

A survey of the mechanisms of disease, their expression in major organ systems, the factors that cause disruption of healthy body functions, leading to disease, and disease prevention. The goal is to use scientific reasoning to make informed decisions about matters related to human biology and health. Prerequisites: BI-171 AND BI-172 MINIMUM GRADE C.

HL-295. Credited Internships. 3.00 Credits.

HL-320. Healthcare Leadership & Communication. 3.00 Credits.

An introduction to healthcare management, including concepts, theories, and applications of strategic leadership and management practices for increasing the effectiveness of healthcare organizations and overall patient outcomes. Focus also on communication skills to deliver health information to a wide range of audiences such as patients, families, caregivers, healthcare providers, and communities, through interpersonal and organizational channels. Prerequisites: HM-210 MINIMUM GRADE C.

HL-485. Curr. Iss. & Trends: Interprof Hlth. Sci. 4.00 Credits.

Research based Capstone course for the health science major; Students will analyze and evaluate professional/ scientific literature and materials regarding public health challenges to support decision making related to healthcare issues from various viewpoints and strategies. Includes a community service project. Prerequisites: HL-320; MINIMUM GRADE C; Course Type(s): Capstone, Writing Intensive.

HL-495. Internship: Community Health. 3.00 Credits.

Provides students field work emphasizing synthesis of factors affecting healthcare and access to healthcare with community health. Prerequisites: HL-180.