Health Sciences (B.S.)

The health sciences undergraduate degree program, housed in the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) and grounded in the university's Liberal Arts Core, provides students resources for developing professional skills in exercise testing, physical activity leadership, health and fitness assessment, exercise programming, wellness coaching, and public health. Graduates are prepared for beginning administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions in commercial and community health and athletic clubs and corporate fitness and wellness programs and for undertaking graduate study in health education, exercise science, occupational therapy, athletic training, chiropractic medicine, physical therapy, and public health. In addition, qualified students may apply for an accelerated B.S. to M.S. program in health education and promotion.

Students will choose from three (with a fourth coming soon) emphasis areas in the Health Sciences major:

  • The Public Health emphasis is based upon recommendations of the ACSM and Council on Education for Public Health for those students intersted in a career in public health and also future graduate study in the area of public health. Students taking this emphasis are strongly encouraged to consider the accelerated 5 year Combined BS to MS program in Health Sciences/Public Health Education and Promotion and should consult an advisor, the Department Chair, or admissions for more information.
  • The Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis is intended for those interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Physical Therapy and is based upon recommendations by the ACSM. Qualified incoming students may be eligible for the PT Scholars Program which guarantees admission to Marymount's Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program.
  • Pre-professional emphasis. Intended to prepare students for the prerequisite graduate level entry requirements into the professional fields of Athletic Training, Chiropractic and Occupational Therapy and is based upon recommendations by the ACSM.
  • Coming Fall 2020 - Exercise Science!  Based on recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Transfer and currently enrolled health sciences students interested in this emphasis for Spring 2020 should contact the Department Chair below.
  • The Department of HHP also offers minors in public health and Strength and Conditioning (based on recommendations of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and beginning Fall 2020) for current students.

Marymount’s program merges science with application to prepare leaders in public health and health promotion who can address the needs of a diverse population. Using contemporary approaches such as behavior change modeling, students develop 21st-century skills of today for preventive health care careers of tomorrow.

Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to sit for certifications by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

For questions, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Michael Nordvall at

Preparing students to be skilled, caring healthcare professionals.