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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

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As the topic of mental health on college campuses continues to garner attention from the media, student bodies and university administrations, Drexel’s Angela Mancao aims to take a proactive approach to awareness. Mancao, a junior Behavioral Health Counseling major, launched in February an on-campus chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to raise awareness, educate the community and advocate for services to promote mental health.

“NAMI on Campus is comprised of passionate members who strive to change the way mental health is perceived and treated in our school and society,” said Mancao. Information sharing and advocacy are the primary mechanisms Drexel’s chapter uses to achieve its goals, and it has been pretty successful so far. The organization boasts 14 active members and a faculty advisor, Ron Comer, DSW, who is not so coincidentally the Chair and Professor of the Behavioral Health Counseling Department.

“Comer introduced me to NAMI when I came to Drexel as a freshman,” Mancao said. “It was his enthusiasm for the organization that inspired me to create a chapter on Drexel’s campus.” The process of establishing the chapter took Mancao about three years, and it was recognized as an official student organization by Drexel in January 2015 and by NAMI in February 2015.

The time that Mancao and her board members invested in initiating NAMI On-campus will certainly pay off given the recent push towards mental health awareness. Within the last six months, Drexel unveiled mental health screening kiosks which enable students to detect potential concerns. NPR published a story in All Tech Considered discussing Yik Yak, a location-based app that lets anonymous users share feelings and respond to one another. Francis O’Gorman wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education that college campuses often serve as incubators for anxiety and worry. The issue has captured the attention of national audiences.

As for Drexel’s NAMI On-campus, they plan in the future to continue recruiting members and hosting events that promote the services available to those suffering from mental health illness and their allies.

The experience of creating an organization has also been beneficial, and one that Mancao believes is enhancing her Drexel experience. “I was able to unite people who shared the same passion and vision for mental health so that together we can make this organization achieve the goals we, and NAMI, have set. This experience has given me many opportunities to connect with and meet incredible, passionate students who want to make a change.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues, please make an appointment for counseling at, or call 215.895.1415 for the University City campus or 215.762.7625 for the Center City Campus. The peer counseling helpline is available Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. at 215.895.1523 and the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).


Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services officially opened their awe-inspiring new wing to patients on Monday, June 29. Adding a remarkable 17,000 square feet of space to the practice, the new wing includes space for nursing, nutrition sciences, couple and family therapy and creative arts therapies as well as the expansion of primary care services. In addition to facilitating care for a growing patient population and making room for more students to have clinical and practical experiences, the staff now has a beautiful place to work together.

The original building, which is connected to the expansion with a glass atrium, is currently being remodeled to include additional space for dental services, and is scheduled for completion mid-September.

One of the benefits of the new wing is having a new space to display therapeutic art created by community members. The patients can see that they are cared for at Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, and that they are truly a part of one big (and growing) community. 


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. 

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