Health Science and Communication Studies, BS

The combined Bachelor of Science degree program in health science and communication studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to public health communication. Students combine courses from health sciences and communication studies to learn about health and illness and the important role of communication in shaping the public’s understanding of health issues. The interdisciplinary curriculum is enhanced by experiential learning opportunities and is designed to prepare students for challenging careers that involve crafting messages about health, developing strategies for promoting healthcare services, and specific applications such as disease awareness and prevention.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Communication Studies Major Requirements

COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
or COMM 2301 Communication Research Methods
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Cluster Course
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Great Speakers and Speeches
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Communication Studies Electives
Complete three additional communication studies courses.12

Health Science Requirements

Public Health Core
PHTH 1260The American Healthcare System4
or PHTH 1261 Comparative Healthcare Systems
PHTH 2210Foundations of Biostatistics4
PHTH 2300Communication Skills for the Health Professions4
or PHTH 2301 Communication Skills for the Health Professions—Global
PHTH 2350Community and Public Health4
or PHTH 2351 Community and Public Health - Global
PHTH 2515Healthcare Policy and Administration4
PHTH 4120Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health4
PHTH 4202Principles of Epidemiology in Medicine and Public Health4
PHTH 4540Health Education and Program Planning4
Life Sciences
BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
MATH 1241Calculus 14
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
General Chemistry for Science Majors
and Lab for CHEM 1161
and Recitation for CHEM 1161

Other Requirements

Intro to College
HSCI 1000College: An Introduction1
or COMM 1000 Communication Studies at Northeastern
Professional Development
HSCI 2000Professional Development for Bouvé Co-op1
or EEAM 2000 Professional Development for Co-op
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions (or other Advanced Writing course)4

Integrative Course

HSCI 4720Health Science Capstone—Service4
or HSCI 4730 Health Science Capstone—Research
or COMM 4102 Health Communication Campaigns
or COMM 4530 Communication and Quality of Life
or COMM 4603 Advocacy Workshop

Health Sciences Major Requirement

A grade of C or higher is required for all BIOL, CHEM, HLTH, HSCI, MATH, and PHTH courses.

Communication Studies Major Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in communication studies courses may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSCI 1000 or COMM 10001BIOL 11134Public health core4Vacation0
PHTH 12604BIOL 11141Elective4 
BIOL 11114CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
BIOL 11121Elective4  
MATH 12414ENGW 11114  
PSYC 11014   
 18 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Public health core4Co-opCo-opENGW 33064
HSCI 2000 or EEAM 20001Elective4 Elective4
COMM 11014   
COMM 1112 or 23014   
COMM elective4   
 17 4 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Public health core4Co-opCo-opPublic health core4
Foundation course4Elective4 Public health core4
Public health core4   
Cluster course4   
 16 4 0 8
Year 4
Public health core4HSCI 4720, 4730, COMM 4102, COMM 4530, or COMM 46034  
Elective4COMM elective4  
COMM WI course4COMM WI course4  
COMM elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

This is a sample plan of study.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HSCI 1000 or COMM 10001BIOL 11134Vacation0Vacation0
PHTH 12604BIOL 11141  
PSYC 11014ENGW 11114  
BIOL 11114CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
and CHEM 1163
BIOL 11121Elective4  
MATH 12414   
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Public health core4HSCI 2000 or EEAM 20001Vacation0Co-op0
Public health core4Public health core4  
COMM 11014Foundation course4  
COMM 1112 or 23014Elective4  
 Cluster course4  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 33064Vacation0Vacation0
 Public health core4  
 COMM electives8  
 0 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHTH 42024Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHTH 45404   
COMM elective4   
COMM WI course4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
PHTH 41204HSCI 4720, 4730, COMM 4102, COMM 4530, or COMM 46034  
HSCI 47000Electives12  
COMM WI course4   
 16 16  
Total Hours: 133