Jennifer Hancock (health sciences advisor), Paul Deeble, Jenna Holt

The health sciences major at Mary Baldwin University provides students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts foundation in the natural and social sciences in order to prepare them for graduate programs in health care. The health sciences major combines the long-standing strengths of the undergraduate liberal arts program with the health sciences expertise of faculty within the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. The interdisciplinary nature of this major enables students to understand human health as a complex cultural, biological, psychological, and social dynamic. Students in this major should consult with the health sciences advisor, Jennifer Hancock, regarding graduate program prerequisites to ensure that courses will fulfill requirements needed to be admitted to graduate programs in health care.  Additionally, there are 3 and 4-year plans available that have been structured specifically with the required prerequisites for students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, chiropractic, dental and medical school.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences

56 semester hours

The Health Sciences Core (29 credit hours)

BIOL 111 Principles of Biology
BIOL 264 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 265 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HCA 101 Introduction to Health Care Administration
INT 222 Social Science Statistics OR Psych 250 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science OR Math 233 Statistical Methods and Theory I
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science (PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science may substitute with permission)
HSCI 150 Introduction to Health Professions
HSCI 180 Medical Terminology
HSCI 401 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice
HSCI 402 Senior Project in Health Science


A minimum of 27 credit hours. At least three credit hours must be at the 300 level and an additional twelve must be at the 200 level or above.

At least 6 additional hours in Biology from among:
BIOL/CHEM 120* Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport
BIOL 151 Human Health and Disease
BIOL 222 Genetics
BIOL 224 Cell Biology
BIOL 255 Microbiology
BIOL/HCA 261 Epidemiology
BIOL/PSYC 305 Physiological Psychology
BIOL/CHEM 324* Biochemistry I
BIOL/CHEM 325* Biochemistry II
BIOL 327 Immunology

At least 3 hours in Chemistry from among:
CHEM/BIOL 120* Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM/BIOL 324* Biochemistry I
CHEM/BIOL 325* Biochemistry II
* May count for either BIOL or CHEM, but not both.

At least 6 additional hours in coursework from among:
ANTH 120 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 208 Medical Anthropology
SOC 100 General Sociology
SOC 260 Medical Sociology
SOWK 124 Aging
HSCI/ED 212 Lifespan Development
PSYC 203 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 210 Child Psychology
PSYC 211 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC/BIOL 305 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 307 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC 311 Psychology of Adult Development

Other Major Electives:

EXLD 350 Exercise for Special Populations
HCA 125 Introduction to Public Health
HCA 225 Public Health Issues
HCA 230 Medical and Health Care Ethics
HCA 235 Women’s Health Care Issues
HCA 245 Health Care Policy and Politics
HCA 250 Global Health
EXLD 251 Exercise Testing and Training
PHYS 201 General Physics I
PHYS 202 General Physics II

Additional coursework to reach 27 credit hours.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

All requirements listed above for the BA, with the addition of:
MATH 211 and 212
PHYS 201 General Physics I and PHYS 202 General Physics II
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I and 122 General Chemistry II
At least one 200- or 300-level lab course in Biology in addition to 264 and 265

Health Sciences Course Descriptions

150 Introduction to Health Professions (2 s.h.)
Intended primarily for first-year students, this course provides students planning a career in health care or in a health-related field information necessary for identification of career direction as well as an overview of the various health professions and an introduction to the concepts of professionalism, cultural competence, interdisciplinary health care teams, and health care policies.

180 Medical Terminology (2 s.h.)
This course provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. It includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms. It emphasizes skills and techniques in understanding and using medical terminology accurately. Offered online only.

212 Lifespan Human Development (3 s.h.) Lifespan Human Development meets the MDCHS admissions requirement and also meets the Virginia DOE licensure requirement for 3 hours of human growth and development coursework. This course will focus on theory, philosophy, and research on learning and human development from birth through late adulthood, as well as real-life applications in these areas through experiential projects and related assignments. Topics include physical, psychosocial, emotional, cognitive, language, and gender development in family, school, peer, and work contexts. Cross listed as ED 212.

401 Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice (2 s.h.)
This course is the first semester of the two-semester senior requirement for health science majors. This course is intended to enable the student to critically read and evaluate scientific literature, with a focus on clinical research. The course will introduce the research design, methods and statistics used in the clinical literature to help students develop the necessary skills to critically analyze research studies for use in evidence-based practice. Question structure, hypothesis development and research design will be related to the different types of questions asked in medicine, i.e. questions about therapy, risk, etiology, diagnosis, prognosis and epidemiology. Students will also be introduced to how primary studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses are used to develop clinical guidelines. *Prerequisite: Students will be required to have junior status, and received a C- or better in a statistics course (MBU courses: INT 222 or MATH 233 or PSYC 250; or an equivalent transfer course) and medical terminology course (MBU course: HSCI 180).

402 Senior Project in Health Science (1 s.h.)
This course is the second semester of the two-semester senior requirement for health science majors.  In this course, students will complete an evidenced-based capstone project related to health.  The project will follow one of three possible project designs: experimental research, literature review, or community-based health education.  For each project, students will critically evaluate published studies related to their topic.  Each student will present the design, results and conclusions of their project in both a written and oral presentation. *Prerequisite: HSCI 401