Find Your Passion in Health Sciences

Are you interested in pursuing a career in health sciences, but not sure which major is best for you? Then take advantage of the new Health Pathways in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.

How Health Pathways Works

As a freshman and sophomore, you’ll learn about topics related to obesity, diabetes prevention, nutrition, global health, healthy aging, environmental health and health equity. This experience will help you choose a major that will lead to a career that matches your interests. You’ll enroll in classes identical to other degree pathways in the college.

Careers Available for Exploration

  • Applied Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Pharmacy Industry
  • Public Health

*Please note that nursing is not an option for Health Pathways.

How We Support You

As a student in Health Pathways, you’ll have plenty of support to help you succeed. For example:

  • Dedicated Freshman Advisor – Provides specialized guidance on course selections and opportunities to succeed.
  • Health Sciences Hub – Dedicated space in the Health and Social sciences building that includes 3-D anatomy models, tutoring, materials and quiet space.
  • Career Services – Career counselors help you evaluate majors and career paths that match your interests and skills.
  • Living Learning Community – Residence halls with students who have similar interests live together and participate in course reviews and social activities.
  • Interprofessional Education Course – Learn how to work on a team with various health disciplines when caring for patients.
  • Guest Faculty – Faculty from various majors will provide input on the degree programs to help you decide which program is right for you.

Read more about the admissions process on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Meet Students in Health Sciences

Exercise Physiology major Patrick Pang does research at The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at UMass Lowell
Patrick Pang '21
Exercise Physiology

Patrick Pang knew he wanted hands-on experience conducting research. As a college freshman in the Immersive Scholar program, he conducted research on protective wear that helps prevent injuries.

My experience in the Immersive Scholar program has unlocked a gateway to a whole new world of research and knowledge previously hidden to me.
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UMass Lowell student Ellen Panetto pictured in a lab coat looking into a microscope in one of the health sciences labs
Ellen Panetto '18
Medical Laboratory Science

Ellen Panetto was always interested in anatomy and how the body works, but wasn't sure exactly what area she wanted to work in. Her clinical rotation experiences led to her decision to pursue a career as a pathologists' assistant.

I've been able to see how labs are run in small and large hospitals. These experiences gave me the ability to see what kind of environment I might want to work in and to learn from technicians in all stages of their careers.
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