Elevated health. Epic life.

Health Science

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Empower others to live life to the fullest – just as God designed. That’s health science, at NGU. 

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On WalletHub’s list of “Best Colleges in South Carolina” (2021)
Average Class Size
Collaborate with your peers. Network with your professors. Connect to countless resources and career opportunities. All thanks to NGU’s smaller class sizes.
Exercise science. Gerontology. Health promotion and education. Whatever your passion, customize your coursework to fit your future foals.

Epic Life Depends on Everyday Decisions

And it takes someone like you, a health fanatic, to help others make the right decisions. From individual nutrition and fitness, to community-wide behavioral change, countless careers promote an elevated view of health.  

Athletic trainer. Chiropractor. Nurse. Nutritionist. Physical or occupational therapist. Strength and conditioning professional. Even speech pathologist. Push the limits of your future with a health science degree from NGU. 

Three Concentrations

  • Exercise Science
  • Gerontology
  • Health Promotion and Education

Experience Learning While Staying Active

The Best Way to Learn is to Do

Not all internships are created equal. Office memos and coffee runs aren’t what you signed up. So, leave the 9-to-5 behind as you complete an intensive, 375-hour internship in your chosen area of study. It’s hands-on experience designed to launch your career to the next level.

Health Fair (Because You Care)

Each spring, NGU’s Health Science Department organizes a health fair on campus. Serve your NGU family and our local community. Invite local vendors to provide health screenings. Analyze these efforts and help maximize their impact on the health of our region.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Inspire!

Want to gain experience organizing a health-based event while encouraging your peers to get active? We’ve got you! Each fall, help coordinate NGU’s “Feel the Hill” 5K. Plan, promote, and operate a community health initiative without leaving campus.

Health Science Beside Experienced & Faithful Scientists

Christine B. Haltiwanger, PhD
Department Chair, Health Science
Steven A. Pearce, MS
Instructor, Health Science
Jeff Williams, DPT
Associate Professor, Health Science
Teresa Lyle, DNP
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Study Health Science in a Useful Sequence

  • Health Science Year 1

    Year 1 Example Courses


    First Semester


    • Math 1310 College Algebra
    • HLPW 1300 Intro to Health Promotion and Wellness
    • CHST 1310 Old Testament Survey
    • College 1100 First Year Experience or HNRS 1200 Freshman Honors
    • HLPW 1110 or 1120 Practicum I or II


    Second Semester


    • BIOL 1410/1411 Principles of Biology
    • CHST 1320 New Testament Survey
    • CSCI 1305 Introduction to Computer Science
    • MATH 1330 Probability and Statistics
    • COMM 2300 Oral Communication
  • Health Science Year 2

    Year 2 Example Courses


    First Semester


    • CHEM 1430/1431 Chemistry of Life
    • ENGL 1320 English Composition and Literature
    • HLPW 2310 Lifespan
    • PSYC 2310 General Psychology
    • BIOL 2470/2471 A/P I


    Second Semester


    • CHEM 1450/1451 General Chemistry
    • ENGL 2300 or higher
    • BIOL 2480/2481 A/P II
    • HLPW 3450 Research Analysis and Writing
    • BIOL 1410/1411 Principles of Biology
    • CHST 1320 New Testament Survey
    • CSCI 1305 Introduction to Computer Science
    • MATH 1330 Probability and Statistics
    • COMM 2300 Oral Communication
  • Health Science Year 3

    Year 3 Example Courses


    First Semester


    • HIST 1350 or higher
    • HLPW 3230 Junior Certification Seminar
    • HLPW 3440/3441 Exercise Physiology
    • HLPW 3335 Nutrition
    • Health promotion and wellness elective


    Second Semester


    • HLPW 3340 Aging and Chronic Illness
    • HLPW 3330 Community and Env.
    • HLPW 3320 Fitness Assess/Presc.
    • HLPW 3210/3220 Practicum III or IV
    • HLPW 3390 Social Epidemiology
    • Health promotion and wellness elective
  • Health Science Year 4

    Year 4 Example Courses


    First Semester


    • HLPW 4210 Senior Seminar
    • Fine arts appreciation course
    • Open electives
    • HLPW 4410/4411 Wellness Program


    Second Semester


    • HLPW 4600 Internship in Wellness
    • BIOL 3300 Intelligent Design
    • HLPW 4360 Health Politics and Ethics
    • HLPW 3200 Special Topics Seminar

Elevate Your Perspective

You’ll also take Chapel every semester, and Cultural Events for the first four semesters. You earn credit through attendance, and each course counts as half a credit. This is the NGU difference, how you find your peak performance and elevate your perspective, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

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