Health Sciences

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The foundation you need for a rewarding, high-demand career in health care.

For decades, Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has prepared students for rewarding careers as health care professionals. Our new interdisciplinary major in Health Sciences builds on this established tradition by giving students a strong foundation in the sciences along with a rich understanding of today’s changing health care system and its complexities.

The B.S. in Health Sciences is an excellent pathway for admission to professional school if you are interested in a career as a physician’s assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, chiropractor, optometrist, or similar field. It also is an outstanding undergraduate program to prepare for graduate study in public health.

Our Health Sciences graduates also are ready for entry-level positions in hospitals, health insurance, pharmaceutical sales, community health agencies and other related areas.

B.S. in Health Sciences Overview

The B.S. in Health Sciences at Rider University offers a well-rounded degree for students planning to work in the high-demand health care industry.

The curriculum combines courses in biology, human anatomy and physiology, and chemistry, with additional coursework in health care administration, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

Students can tailor their studies to specialize in an area of interest through Rider’s many concentrations and minors, such as health communications, psychology or sales. Professional internships will give students opportunities to network and gain hands-on experience in an area of interest.

About the Program

The Health Sciences major provides a solid education in the biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities as they relate to the health care field. In addition to gaining a solid scientific background, students are introduced to global health care issues and learn the important role of collaboration in health care.

The program provides students with:

  • A path to careers in non-clinical, health-related fields
  • A foundation for entry into professional or graduate programs in health care

Throughout the program, students will meet regularly with a health sciences advisor to ensure awareness of opportunities and completion of academic requirements needed for their intended goals.

Career Opportunities

Health care is one of the nation’s fastest-growing sectors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that health care and social assistance professions will lead the way in job growth — gaining 5.6 million jobs through 2020. That demand is expected to be even greater in the New York/New Jersey area.

The B.S. in Health Sciences prepares students for entry-level opportunities in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community agencies, social services, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

The degree also provides the academic foundation needed for advanced study in such areas as:

  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Health Care Administration

Master of Science in Athletic Training: Guaranteed Admission Program with Thomas Jefferson University

This agreement guarantees admission of Rider students who successfully complete all requirements for admission to the MSAT 4+2 program (4 years Rider undergraduate + 2 years TJU graduate education).  Students should consult regularly with their academic advisor at Rider University to maintain eligibility for this program.

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Headshot of Paul Jivoff
Professor and Chairperson
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B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., Ohio State University; Ph.D. University of Maryland. He studies the behavioral ecology of marine animals with an emphasis on the mating behavior of blue crabs. Dr. Jivoff joined the faculty in 2002.