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Major in Health Sciences

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Health Sciences

Department Chair Name

Natalie The

Department Assistant Name

Lonita Stegall

What is a health sciences degree?

Health sciences is a broad discipline dedicated to the application of science to health and the diverse factors that affect health. A major in health sciences helps students prepare for health-related careers and gives them the foundation to enter directly into health-related employment or start graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, physician’s assistant, physical therapy, public health, exercise science, and many more. A bachelor’s degree in health sciences is the culmination of a multiyear interdisciplinary program of undergraduate study that includes subjects ranging from such anatomy and physiology to public health.

Why study health sciences at Furman?

The Department of Health Sciences seeks to provide a rigorous, evidence-based and integrated curriculum that challenges students to think critically and provides multiple avenues to generate enthusiasm and lead to fulfilling and purposeful lives and careers. Small classes, enthusiastic professors, well-equipped research facilities and Furman’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences are the linchpins for the program. Students engage in high-impact learning opportunities such as research with faculty or internships with local health care providers or health organizations to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles. These experiences help translate learning in the classroom to applied and real-life health issues. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

The health sciences department cultivates comprehensive inquiry for improving and promoting all dimensions of wellness, health and lifelong physical activity. Our program focuses on enabling you to apply everything you learn in the classroom to real-world examples. At the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST), you can help faculty researchers make new discoveries to help runners and other athletes improve their performances. Undergraduates do the kind of research typically available to graduate students at larger universities. Students can take advantage of internships or travel abroad for hands-on opportunities to learn about health challenges around the world and discover strategies for addressing them.

Careers for health sciences majors

You’ll gain a wealth of skills and specialties in our multidisciplinary program.

Most of our graduates go on to graduate or professional programs in health-related areas, with another 10% of our students going into volunteer work, such as AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, and then 20% beginning occupations such as:

  • Health care worker
  • Physician assistant or associate
  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health professional
  • Dentist
  • Exercise scientists
  • Human performance analyst
  • Dietitian
  • Medical sales representative

Health sciences courses: What will you study?

Wellness Concepts

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Fundamentals of Public Health

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94.6%
full-time Furman faculty with the highest degrees in their fields
92%
Furman students who participate in at least one high-impact educational practice
94%
placement rate six months after graduation (employed or in graduate school)

What our students say

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“The health science major has prepared me for the next step in my health career due to the intertwined nature of the curriculum coupled with the application style of learning. Instead of just learning about techniques and anatomical structures, the professors make sure the students are applying the knowledge.” - Isabella Gutierrez ’22

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s health sciences faculty represent decades of study and practical expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Anna Lang Cass
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Anna Lang Cass

    Anna Lang Cass
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943603

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  • Anthony Caterisano
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Anthony Caterisano
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943421

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  • Shaniece Criss
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Shaniece Criss

    Shaniece Criss
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943606

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  • Matt Feigenbaum
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Matt Feigenbaum
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943455

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  • Kelly Frazier
    Title:

    Lecturer of Health Sciences

    Kelly Frazier
    Title:

    Lecturer of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642942816

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  • Elizabeth Holt
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Elizabeth Holt
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943613

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  • Chris Hopkins
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

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    Chris Hopkins
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

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  • Randolph Edward Hutchison
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Randolph Edward Hutchison
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943687

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  • Scott Murr
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Scott Murr

    Scott Murr
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943677

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  • Tim Patrick
    Title:

    Professor

    Tim Patrick

    Tim Patrick
    Title:

    Professor

    Phone Number: 8642943417

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  • Julian A. Reed
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Julian Reed

    Julian A. Reed
    Title:

    Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642942328

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  • Meghan M. Slining
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Health Sciences; Assistant Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    Meghan M. Slining
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Health Sciences; Assistant Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    Phone Number: 8642943684

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  • Ben Snyder
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Health Sciences

    Ben Snyder
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943152

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  • Natalie S. The
    Title:

    Associate Professor and Chair of Health Sciences

    Natalie S. The
    Title:

    Associate Professor and Chair of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943689

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  • Eric Sobolewski
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Eric Sobolewski

    Eric Sobolewski
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

    Phone Number: 8642943602

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a health sciences degree?

    A Furman health sciences degree can prepare you for a broad array of health-related careers or graduate studies. Furman’s liberal arts and sciences approach to education will make you a well-rounded student who can thrive in the competitive world of health-related studies. Students have gone on to careers in fields such as nursing, physical or occupational therapy, coaching, diet or nutrition counseling, medical assistance, public health management, and medical sales.

    What is the average salary for health sciences majors?

    Graduates can earn an estimated wage of $43,800 a year or more, with higher earners making more than $77,700, according to an Emsi report.

    How long does it take to earn a health sciences degree?

    The health sciences program at Furman is typically a four-year program.

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