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  • B.S. in Health Science: Health Promotion

    Prepare to be a health educator
    Help individuals make informed decisions and healthier lives.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Health and Natural Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Bronx
    Credits:
    120

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Health Science: Health Promotion B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration 55 Credits
Open Electives 5 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who select the Health Science Health Promotion Concentration must successfully complete:

  • HLSC 102 Intro to Health Professions
  • HLSC 200 Issues in Personal Health
  • HLSC 201 Medical Terminology
  • HLSC 205 Stnd Sfty Precaut/Hlth Care Pr
  • HLSC 209 Emerg Care & Personal Safety
  • HLSC 215 Cultural Comp in Hlthcare
  • HLSC 250 Global Health
  • HLSC 275 Health Policy and Advocacy
  • HLSC 302 Pathology for Rehabilitation
  • HLSC 350 Health Communication
  • HLSC 390 Epidemiology
  • HLSC 395 Health Promotion and Program Intervention
  • HLSC 396 Evaluating Health Promotion Programs
  • HLSC 400 Health Sciences Capstone

The following related courses in Natural Science and Social and Behavioral Science:

*Students must complete these courses as part of their General Education Requirements

  • BIOL 117 Nutrition
  • BIOL 130 Hum Anatomy & Physio I Lecture*
  • BIOL 130A Hum Anatomy & Physio I Lab
  • BIOL 131 Hum Anatomy &Physio II Lecture
  • BIOL 131A Hum Anatomy & Physio II Lab
  • PHYS 120 Physics of the Human Body
  • PSYN 101 or PSYN 195 Introduction to Psychology and Honors Psychology respectively*
  • PSYN 233 Dvlpmntl Psych Across Lifespan
  • PSYN 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences

Recommended Open Electives (5 Credits)

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of health sciences

  • BHSC 308 Health Care Management
  • BHSC 366 Medical Ethics
  • HLSC 225 Intro to Accessing and Reading Scholarly Literature
  • HLSC 295 Topics in Health Science
  • HLSC 380 Workplace Experience in Health Science I
  • HLSC 381 Workplace Experience in Health Science II
  • HLSC 402 Scientific Writing
  • PSYN 232 Health Psychology
What are the job opportunities for a BS in HS?
A wide-range of areas such as licensed rehabilitation professions, environmental and occupational health, public health or health promotion. Graduates may also pursue careers related to health care and health promotion in various public and private, clinical and non-clinical settings.
I've taken classes at another college. Can I transfer credit to complete the BS?
Yes. Acceptance of transfer credits is determined by Admissions. They consult with any graduate program to which you intend to apply. To be eligible for a B.S. in Health Science, which is a 120-credit degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits at Mercy College. Mercy may transfer up to 90 undergraduate credits from a four-year college and up to 75 credits from a two-year community college.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Is the schedule flexible?
Very. You can take classes as a part-time or full-time student, at various times including evenings and weekends.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
What are the benefits of obtaining a BS in Health Sciences?
If an employer requires a college degree with a health care focus, a B.S. in Health Science is usually preferred. A B.S. in Health Science is the most effective route to completing a Bachelor's degree that includes all the graduate program prerequisite courses for programs such as the Health Promotions Concentration as well as the Graduate Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Ferdinand Esser HLSC Program Director
Jean Walsh Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Science
Matthew Hyland Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Irina Ellison Associate Professor, Chair Natural Sciences
Debra Zizik Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Charis Davidson Assistant Professor

Health Science: Health Promotion Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science, concentration in Health Promotion, provides a comprehensive and innovative curriculum in the evidence-based factors that affect human health. Students take courses that focus on human biology, personal behavior, social and environmental determinants of health as well as the structure of and access to health care. Students are broadly trained in the application of basic science to health, coupled with the development of the values, inter-personal and inter-professional skills required for today's health care environments.

Choose Your Campus

The Health Science: Health Promotion program is available at the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry Campuses. This bachelor's degree reflects the current trends and growing needs of today’s health care world and prepares students to enter the rapidly expanding field of health care education specialist.  It complements our wide array of clinically focused health profession programs

Become a Certified Health Educator

The Health Promotion concentration covers the specific competencies required for students to qualify to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Students can seek careers as a community health educator in a variety of settings such as public and community agencies, business and industry, hospitals, and other types of clinical facilities. The health promotion concentration also prepares students who may want to advance their health degree (e.g., MPH, MPA in Health Administration, or DrPH/PhD/EdD in public health/Health Education/Community Health). Learn more about the CHES certification.

Health Science: Health Promotion FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
What are the benefits of obtaining a BS in Health Sciences?
If an employer requires a college degree with a health care focus, a B.S. in Health Science is usually preferred. A B.S. in Health Science is the most effective route to completing a Bachelor's degree that includes all the graduate program prerequisite courses for programs such as the Health Promotions Concentration as well as the Graduate Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Programs.
Meet Dr. Esser, Health Science Program Director

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Esser's work has been in providing holistic health care, including utilizing an extensive aptitude in manual therapies, exercise rehabilitation, as well as nutritional guidance and lifestyle modification leadership for over three decades. In addition, he teaches and writes on the issues and technologies impacting health science today. He is a Health Science and Anatomy course curriculum builder and the lead course instructor.

Alumna Natalie Sotero '17

The Health Science program at Mercy College has inspired me to seek a career in health education, educating people on how to make healthy life choices that can improve their daily lives. The professors are incredible and the courses offered were hands on and prepared me in way too many ways to list. While I was in the program, I landed an internship with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene which lead me to my current position as a public health administrator at the New York City Department of Corrections.

Message from Dean Joan Toglia

A health care education specialist empowers people and their communities to take control of their health, and adopt healthy lifestyles and behaviors. This not only improves health and wellness for families and communities but decreases health care costs and risks for chronic diseases. It is not surprising that the Bureau of Labor statistics projects that the demand for health education specialists will continue to grow and is projected to be much faster than the average for all occupations.

Anatomage Table

The anatomage table is a highly visible and interactive experience that offers unprecedented technology for the education of our health science students and graduate students preparing for health care careers. The Table allows for the display of anatomy in life size scale resembling an operating table. By reviewing the body on the table, students learn how to perceive an actual patient lying on a bed, helping them connect the anatomy they learn in class to the real world patients they will treat. The anatomage technology is the only fully segmented, real human anatomy system, allowing for exploration of the human body beyond even what a cadaver can offer.

The B.S. in Health Science: Health Promotion emphasizes disease prevention and both public and personal health promotion. The health promotion concentration prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of health care settings as well as for graduate study in public and community health. The health promotion concentration also prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) Exam


 

CHES Seven Areas of Responsibility Mercy College HLSC Course(s) Addressing the CHES Areas
Area I: Assess needs, resources and capacity for health education/promotion

HLSC 395 Health Promotion and Program Intervention

 

HLSC 396 Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

Area II: Plan health education/promotion

HLSC 395 Health Promotion and Program Intervention

HLSC 400 Health Science Capstone

Area III: Implement health education/promotion

HLSC 396 Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

HLSC 400 Health Science Capstone

Area IV: Conduct evaluation and research related to health education/promotion HLSC 396 Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

HLSC 400 Health Science Capstone
Area V: Administer and manage health education/promotion

HLSC 395 Health Promotion and Program Intervention

 

HLSC 396 Evaluating Health Promotion Programs

Area VI: Serve as a health education/promotion resource person HLSC 275 Health Policy and Advocacy

HLSC 395 Health Promotion and Program Intervention
Area VII: Communication, promote and advocate for health, health education/promotion and the profession HLSC 102 Introduction to the Health Professions

HLSC 275 Health Policy and Advocacy

HLSC 250 Health Communication

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

  1. Any student who receives a grade below a C in a major course will be required to retake the course. Major courses may be retaken once.
  2. Students who have selected the Health Science: Health Promotion concentration must adhere to the Mercy College policy regarding maintenance of a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.0.
  3. Any exceptions to program guidelines require approval by the Program Director.
Complete an Internship

The Health Science: Health Promotion program offers students the opportunity to complete a semester long internship as part of the program (HLSC 399 Field-based Experience in Health Science.) This course is designed for the student to study the professional world of health care environments. Students will make meaningful connections between their classroom learning and the healthcare internship or job experience. Topics focused on ethics, diversity, communication skills, stress management and other key topics help the student integrate their classroom knowledge with their experiences in the field. Students can review current internship opportunities on the College's Career Services page.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Synthesize and apply knowledge from biological, physical, health, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for practice as a health care professional
  • Explain the importance of cultural competency and appreciation for diversity in the community and health care environments
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sound ethical practice found in health care settings
  • Identify and use professional/scientific literature and materials to support professional decision making related to clinical practice and health care issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the current health care system, as well as challenges and changes in the delivery and funding of health care
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills required for client practitioner and professional interaction, as well as peer clinician communication