B.S. in Health Science

  • B.S.
  • Undergraduate
  • On Campus
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Learn how to improve the lives of others by providing greater access to health and wellness services.

Why Study Health Science at Rivier?

A Health Science degree is an entry point for careers in medicine or healthcare. Rivier’s program offers a broad range of study—biology, psychology, sociology, business, policy, and ethics—providing expanded learning and career opportunities.

Taught by leaders in the field, our Health Science degree provides you with a strong knowledge base through detailed coursework and hands-on laboratory training in anatomy and physiology, medical microbiology, behavioral science, public health, healthcare management, research methods, social work, and bioethics.

In this program, you will:

  • Acquire strong foundational knowledge in behavioral, natural, social, and health sciences.
  • Learn to identify bioethical issues facing healthcare practitioners and the healthcare environment.
  • Gain a greater understanding of cultural diversity, problem-solving methodology, and business and risk management principles.

Get Ready for the World

Classroom learning comes to life through job shadowing and internships that build your experience and your resume.

Local and global teaching trips offer opportunities for service learning, as well as exposure to diverse cultures and global health and wellness services. Established partnerships with organizations outside of the United States enable students to engage in an international dialogue and gain insight into the state of global healthcare.

Extra-curricular activities provide learning experiences outside of the classroom, on campus, and in the local community. The Division of Nursing and Health Professions, as well as the Public Health Club and Biology Club, organizes several health-focused and community service events throughout the year.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

The B.S. in Health Science degree will prepare you for exciting and innovative careers in healthcare and healthcare administration.

Graduates are well prepared for master’s degree programs to become a physician assistant, epidemiologist, physical or occupational therapist, social worker, dietitian or nutritionist, chiropractor, pharmacist, as well as many other healthcare career options.

Potential Job Roles

  • Radiation or respiratory technicians
  • Cardiovascular, anesthesia, EKG, and audiology technicians
  • Occupational or physical therapy assistants
  • Medical and biomedical equipment specialists
  • Physicians office or clinic managers
  • Cancer registrars
  • Athletic trainers

Note: Some positions may require additional certification.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one-third of all new jobs added to the economy will be related to healthcare. The Health Science degree provides many options for students who choose to pursue careers in the healthcare arena.

Take the Next Steps

Engage Locally and Globally

Explore career options, and gain valuable, practical job experience with service learning and internship opportunities at hospitals, healthcare companies, and on international teaching trips.


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Join the workforce in a variety of rewarding positions with the B.S. in Health Science.