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Health Sciences Department

Bridging The Gap

Health sciences bridge the gap between scientific research and the application of this knowledge to help patients. Tailor your degree to meet your interests and needs to become a pioneer in this ever-changing field.

Health Sciences Department

The undergraduate Program in Health Sciences prepares students to enter a wide variety of careers in health care and related professions. Examples of careers and graduate programs our students pursue include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, cardiac rehabilitation, physician assistant studies, nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition sciences, clinical research, public health, health advocacy, bioethics, health psychology, and others.

Why Drexel?

Dedicated and highly-qualified faculty – Our diverse faculty hold doctoral degrees in several specialty areas including  Anatomy, Physiology, Medicine, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Statistics, Clinical Research, Embryology, Exercise Science, and more. They have extensive experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in the health professions.

Curriculum choices – Our Health Science Program allows students to tailor their undergraduate degree to meet the needs of a variety of health care related graduate programs and careers. Furthermore, the integrated co-op experience provides our students the opportunity to work with health care professionals in the workplace.  Qualified students may participate in accelerated dual-degree programs with Physician Assistant Studies and the Physical Therapy programs.

Employment opportunities – Health care professions are the fastest growing job sector for the upcoming decade. There is tremendous demand for trained health care providers at all levels. In the Health Science Program, the multidisciplinary faculty, flexible curriculum, and co-op experience provide students with a competitive edge in the market place and in the pursuit of graduate studies.


Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Two Accelerated Track Options

Health Sciences Faculty

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On May 5, the Cooperative Education Awards recognized outstanding students, employer partners, faculty and staff for their exceptional effort in fulfilling the goals and ideals of cooperative education.

Danielle Cole, a health sciences student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was one of nine winners of the Co-Op Student of the Year award, recognized for her outstanding performance and contributions during her time at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

During her co-op, Cole’s responsibilities as a research assistant involved working on many of the Center’s ongoing studies. Her main focus was CHOP’s K23 research study which examined how parents and children interact while in the hospital and how that correlated to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms to improve mental care given to children who are hospitalized for injuries.

Cole also assisted in the distribution of the Cellie Coping Kit, which provides tips for dealing with illness and treatment based on current research, consultation with experts and advice from patients and families. She helped assemble the Cellie Coping Kit for Sickle Cell Disease and traveled to Baltimore, MD to help launch the kit at a national sickle cell disease conference. 

Danielle also learned how to properly approach patients and their families and became more comfortable interacting with them as time went on. “Learning what goes into the psychology portion of care was both challenging and rewarding. I enjoyed the wide range of responsibilities, interacting with the patients and the many lessons I learned about coping and pediatric illness from the families themselves,” said Danielle. 


Melanie Carminati, Health Sciences ’11, DPT ’14, was profiled in an article, “This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Pilates” from the Huntington, New York newspaper, Record. Ms. Caminati is a physical therapist and Pilates instructor at East Northport Physical Therapy, a physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic and training center in East Northport, New York.

Lynn C. Dunning Kaleita, MS, Nutrition Education, ’79 was recognized as the “2014 Adjunct Professor of the Year for Health Education” by Palm Beach State College.

Sherry Goodill PhD, ADTR, LPC HU ’80, MCAT, was featured in the article, “Drexel's New Clinic Explores the Role of the Arts in Health Care” on Dr. Goodill, the chair of the Drexel University Department of Creative Arts Therapy program, was quoted saying that part of a healthy society includes the arts, and part of an individual life well-lived includes the arts.

Shaun Logan, DPT ’10, was hired as a personal trainer at Philly Personal Training. Previously, Dr. Logan worked in South Jersey at privately owned sports and orthopedic physical therapy clinics.

Elaine Mustacchio, RN MSN, CRRN ‘09 received the “Nurse Manager Award” from the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN). Ms. Mustacchio is the nurse manager at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and she has been an active ARN member for over 20 years.


Nydia Sanchez is an accelerated BS/MHS Pre-PA student in the College of Nursing and Health Professions who recently graduated from the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program. The Macy Program consists of three, three-credit courses that run consecutively during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, which work to foster and grow leadership skills among selected students. The program was established in 2011 by Roberta Waite, PhD, associate professor and Assistant Dean of Academic Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, who developed the concept following her receipt of the Macy Faculty Scholar Award from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Here, Sanchez discusses her time in the program, especially for the benefit of those students interested in applying.

Nydia SnachezChartings: What kinds of things have you gotten involved in since you started as a student at Drexel?

Nydia Sanchez: I am a Peer Advocate Leader at the Office of Center City Student Affairs, as well as a member of the Pre-PA Club and the Drexel Women’s Lacrosse team. I am also on the committee for the Annual Self-Care for Healers retreat hosted by the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Alumni Network.

Chartings: What made you apply to the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program?

Sanchez: During my freshman year I was more focused on figuring out where all of my classes were on Main Campus and the Center City Campus, getting to know the people in my classes, and joining a couple of clubs I found interesting, but I felt like I was missing out on something. In high school, I was the captain of this, president of that, and always busy with extracurricular activities 24/7. After I got the hang of things, I desperately needed to feel connected and get involved. I heard about Macy’s through my academic advisor and after reading up on the program, decided that I could benefit from a leadership course since I was naturally drawn to those positions. I was curious to learn what type of leader I was and if there was something I could learn from Macy’s to apply to my own leadership roles.

Chartings: Tell us about what you got out of the Macy’s Program. What did you learn?

Sanchez: During my time in the program I was able to learn about the type of leader I am, but more importantly the type of person I am. I learned how to identify my strengths and weaknesses and come up with a plan for how to assess those qualities. I was given perspective on how different people identify with leaders and leadership, as well as how their strengths and weaknesses differ.

The next part of the program took those differences we learned about ourselves and merged them together into groups. We were assigned groups to work with and learned to plan in a timely manner, document a group contract, and divide work based on our strengths and weaknesses. If there were conflicts, we were to devise a plan and reflect on ourselves first.

During the third part of the program, I was able to learn how to take what I had learned and put it into action. We were given a community health assignment based on our choosing and were asked to visit the site, learn about their core mission and why someone thought it was important to have. What I took away most from the assignment was actually visiting the locations and seeing real people work for a real cause. Everyone in our class gave their presentation on their assignment and it made me realize how much help is really needed out in communities surrounding us and all around. Since then, I have been able to branch out to some of these community health sites and offer my time and assistance. Since Macy’s, I have been able to get a more realistic sense of what it means to work as a health care provider in a population of diverse, consistent change.

Chartings: What was the most interesting thing that happened during the program, in your opinion?

Sanchez: The most interesting thing that happened during the program would have to be when we were able to hear from guest speakers about their experiences with diversity and inclusion, especially as a health care professional. I found great interest in interdisciplinary work in health care, especially at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, which we were able to visit during class. Since then, I have been more interested in public health and community outreach.

Chartings: What was challenging about the Macy’s Program?

Sanchez: The most challenging aspect of the program was devising a plan to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We had to find aspects of ourselves that we wished to work on to not only become a better leader, but also a better health care provider.

Chartings: How has the Macy’s Program helped you advance?

Sanchez: I have been able to use what the program has taught me about myself, about group work, and about communities to discover the type of health care provider I would like to become. Since the program, I am more interested in community health involvement in the Philadelphia area as well as abroad. I have gained a lot from the mentorship that the program offers, like shadowing experiences and guidance on my career path. Not only have I developed as a leader, but as a person and in how I address certain situations. I can happily say that I have learned more about myself, what I like and what I don’t like in my anticipated career as a health care professional, and the type of health care provider I want to become.

Chartings: What advice do you have for other students who are interested in the Macy’s Program and in getting more involved on campus?

Sanchez: For students looking to get more involved, I say do it! There is no other course I am familiar with that offers an inside look at diversity and interdisciplinary work in health care, as well as allows one to learn about oneself and the community around you, as the Macy Program.

There are many opportunities to network in the program, and to this day I stay in contact with many people I encountered through Macy’s along the way. If you are looking to get to know yourself, the type of leader you are or want to become, and how to address real life work issues, Macy’s is a great place to start!

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