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Health Science Studies (w x h, 0 KB)Health Science Studies:  Largest and Fastest Growing Major in HHPR

The Health Science Studies major in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (HHPR) boasts 268 majors, growing by 202 majors since fall 2003. The program helps students identify and meet entrance criteria to medical, dental, or physical therapy school while emphasizing health, fitness, and wellness.

Program emphases include health science studies, pre-medicine/pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, and general allied health preprofessional preparation. Students graduating from this program also successfully enter professional graduate schools in occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs. A survey of recent spring 2008 graduates found that more than half were planning to attend graduate school in the fall.

Patti Leeke, a junior health science studies major, says, “My 2-year experience has been exceptional…the farther I get into it; the more I enjoy it. In addition to my class sizes being small, my professors, TA ’s, and advisors have been enthusiastic and knowledgeable people who’ve bent over backwards to help me learn, and have helped me get incredible opportunities for hands-on experience. HSS is the perfect major for anyone who loves anatomy and physiology, I love it!”

Seth Koster, class of 2008, says, “I believe the health science studies major is a hidden gem at BaylorUniversity. [It] is an alternative to the biology or chemistry major; unfortunately students who would probably fit perfectly often overlook it. For anyone looking for a medically practical education, I doubt there is a better major at our university.”

For more information about the Health Science Studies program, visit
www.baylor.edu/soe/hhpr/hss.



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