About the Program
MBU | Bachelor’s | Online – Mary Baldwin’s health sciences major provides students with an understanding of human health as a complex cultural, biological, psychological, and social dynamic. This major prepares students for graduate work in the health sciences and employment in health care fields such as public health, governmental and community agencies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, research, and more.
The health sciences major creates a clear pathway to graduate studies in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant — all offered at Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences — as well as preparing students for dozens of other health-related graduate programs and professions.
Our health sciences degree can be completed fully online — if transferring in the courses Principles of Biology (with lab) and Anatomy and Physiology — through the university’s innovative Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Just like in-person classes, the Blackboard-interface program emphasizes the development of strong conceptual skills in tandem with practical applications. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a health sciences degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 36 credits (12 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.
Students can pursue a BA or a BS with a major in health sciences. There is also a competitive early admissions option for Mary Baldwin juniors who wish to secure a place in one of the Murphy Deming graduate programs upon graduation.
Courses & Requirements
36+ Credit Hours
Need to meet major requirements (56) plus degree requirements (126) either through MBU or transfer course work; a minimum of 36 need to be taken through MBU.
Cost & Financial Aid
We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.
As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:
- Library collections and services
- Computer lab with printer/copier
- Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
- Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Free parking with a student parking pass