James Madison University

Program Description

With the growing number of students interested in pursuing a health career and the increase in professional health programs moving to graduate degree, the Department of Health Sciences developed a unique program to meet the needs of this population. In 1989, the Department of Health Sciences began offering a degree titled, Basic. The Basic degree grew into the Health Studies concentration in 2003-2004. The number of students interested in the program has grown significantly since 2004.

The health studies concentration is designed for students interested in applying to a professional program. The health studies concentration combines a broad foundation of health-related course work with a choice of preparatory courses suitable for entry into graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

Students must complete the core course requirements for a major in health sciences and the requirements for the concentration in health studies. Students are encouraged to identify individual professional program requirements to select courses within the concentration requirements that will be most suitable for the graduate program of their choice.

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  • March 6-10
    Spring Break
    Classes do not meet
  • May 4-6
    Commencement Ceremonies
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Welcome from Health Sciences

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