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In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Health Science majors prepare for careers in science by completing a rigorous course load.
Requirements for a major in Health Science.
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of Marietta College’s Health Science graduates since 2020 were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduating
is the average salary in the U.S. for Health Science graduates
of Marietta College students will complete a Senior Capstone project or presentation
A student majoring in health science at Marietta College uses a dropper to transfer liquid into a beaker
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Professor Katy Lustofin prepares a microscope slide in the biology lab in Rickey Science Center at Marietta College

What You'll Learn While Majoring in Health Science

The interdisciplinary Health Science program helps students build connections between the liberal arts and health-related fields, making our graduates excellent candidates for allied health professions and graduate programs. Students are encouraged to craft the curriculum that is best fitted to their future goals in allied healthcare, to pursue internships that develop their ability to create change and to pursue research that inspires them to dream bigger.

Foundational Concepts

The program establishes a basis of foundational scientific concepts from the fields of biology, chemistry, and sports medicine. Courses include Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Environmental Toxicology, and Health Communication. As students progress to higher-level courses, they can explore advanced topics such as developmental biology or medical aspects of athletic training. Students benefit from close mentorships with their professors, as well as mentoring relationships with more experienced Health Science majors.

Opportunities Abound

Students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities in Marietta and beyond. Recently, some have interned at Marietta Memorial Hospital, participating in physician rounds. Others have also interned at other research facilities in the area. In their senior year, students work closely with faculty in either biology or sports medicine on an independent research project. This well-rounded program approaches health science from many different angles, ultimately preparing students to head out into the world and create change in the healthcare field.

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Earning a B.S. in Health Science means immersing yourself in Liberal Arts Learning. The strong science education, research experience, and liberal arts base prepares students to excel in graduate school and allied health fields.

Outcomes — Graduate Programs
  • The Ohio State University — Ph.D. in Neuroscience
  • Marietta College — M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Logan University — Doctor of Chiropractic & Health Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh — OTD in Occupational Therapy 
  • Consortium of Eastern Ohio — M.S. in Public Health
Outcomes — Professions
  • Laboratory Technologist — Case Western Reserve University
  • Occupational Therapist and Clinical Specialist — Bioness, Inc.
  • Physician Assistant — Memorial Health Systems
  • Science Policy Fellow — Research! America
  • Epidemiologist — Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Associate Production Specialist — Millipore Sigma
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What types of careers do Health Science majors pursue?

Here are some common careers that Health Science majors pursue:

  • Nurse
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Biomedical Equipment Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • EKG Technologist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
Are there specific scholarships for Health Science majors?

Yes! However, most scholarships are awarded to students after their first year at Marietta College.

  • Eggleston-Ruby Prize is given at Commencement annually to the member of the graduating class who field of interest is biology, and who in the judgment of the faculty of the department, has done the most meritorious work in biology.
  • Eggleston-Ekas Scholarship assists worthy and needy students at Marietta College, with a first preference given to students interested in the study of biology, chemistry, or petroleum engineering.
  • The Alan C. Hall Memorial Fund provides scholarship help to upperclass students, preferably seniors, intending to study medicine.
  • The J. Robert McConnell and Abigail Welch McConnell Scholarship provides aid to qualified students, with a preference given to pre-medical students.
  • The Hal H. Lloyd Science Scholarship is awarded to science majors in the sophomore through senior classes who need financial assistance.
  • The Edward B. Ruby Scholarship is awarded to deserving students in biology. Recipients shall have completed a full year at the College.
  • The David F. Young-Alumni Scholarship is given to students who have completed their junior year and have demonstrated outstanding devotion and enthusiasm for the study of biology.

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