Your gateway to a health care career

Get ready for a rewarding career in health care by pairing a minor in health care studies with a major of your choice.

Our challenging and comprehensive academic programs will enhance your critical reading, writing, thinking and communicating skills for career options beyond clinical medicine. All of our students complete two required internship experiences to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

You'll graduate with a solid foundation in the sciences—ready to further your study of health care in professional school. Health care studies minors will complete the courses, including anatomy and physiology, that are often prerequisites for the following careers:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Exercise science
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant (PA)
  • Public health official
  • Physical therapist
  • Pharmacist

You want to make a difference in the world. Our alumni do that—from providing aid during the Ebola outbreak in Africa to doing cutting edge cancer research.

You can also graduate from SU with a liberal arts degree and enter an accelerated BSN program to become a nurse. Or you can move on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy with a health care studies minor.

You'll have the flexibility to explore your options within different fields without sacrificing your interests outside the classroom. Play a sport, join one of our more than 140 student clubs or volunteer in the local community—things you wouldn't be able to fit in if you're locked into one of the six-year programs offered at other places.

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4031

Geneive Elizabeth Henry, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4207

David S. Richard, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4067

Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4224

Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4540

Pavithra Vivekanand, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology


Health care studies minors are required to complete two 40-hour internships. Here is a sampling of recent internship sites:

Abington Health Systems
Access Sports Med
ADRA Dental Clinic (Equatorial New Guinea)
Allegiance Wealth
American Optometric
Anne-Marie Liszka Clinic
Barnard College
Beach Haven Rescue Squad
Big Spring PT
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Burke Rehabilitation
Carlisle Family
Center St Dental
Central Jersey Urgent Care
Central Penn Gastroenterology
Christiana Care
Cisco Center
DeMarco Training
Dr. Paul Vidunas
Elite Family Chiro
Evangelical Community Hospital
Frisbie Memorial
Gilbert Physical Therapy
Hand Care, Inc.
Herndon Family Practice
Johns Hopkins Univ
Keiffer PT
Keystone Care Physical Therapy
Manor Penn Village
Matossion Eye Clinc
Morris County Coroner's Office
Muncy Valley Hospital
Northeaster Eye
Oley Medical Assoc
Phoenix Rehab
Reading Health Systems
Rochester Institute of Technology
RWJ Hamilton Hospital
Saint Luke's University Hospital
Schuylkill Health
SUN Orthopaedic
Temple University
Threshold Rehab
Trenton Orthopedics
University of Vermont
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Valent PT and Sport
Waterloo Sports
Weill Cornell Medicine
Weis Center Research

Check out all your options! View the course catalog.

The course catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Course Catalog
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