Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Health Sciences
Department Chair Name
Natalie The
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.

Featured health sciences courses

  • 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

“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

Anna Cass

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Anthony Caterisano

Professor of Health Sciences

Shaniece Criss

Associate Professor of Health Sciences; Director of the Master of Arts in Advocacy and Equity Studies (MAAES)

Matt Feigenbaum

Professor of Health Sciences

Kelly Frazier

Lecturer of Health Sciences

Elizabeth Holt

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Chris Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

Randy Hutchison

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Scott Murr

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Tim Patrick

Professor of Health Sciences

Julian Reed

Professor of Health Sciences

Meghan Slining

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Ben Snyder

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Natalie The

Associate Professor and Chair of Health Sciences

Eric Sobolewski

Associate Professor of Health Sciences
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Health Sciences Major F.A.Q.