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Health Science

Health Science

How to attain and promote health – in individuals and communities, bodies and behavior – is not only an essential question of our time, but a wide-ranging course of study. Students may focus on one of several areas, encompassing addictions, health promotion (community health or behavior & health), or nutrition.

Program Overview

If you’re interested in promoting health on an individual and community level, Health Science may be the major for you.

The Health Science Department provides a dynamic and academically rigorous environment in which students investigate, learn, and apply knowledge through service learning, civic engagement and scholarship.

With a curriculum that positions students for the growing demand for health professionals, this interdisciplinary program is comprised of three options: Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Addictions. More about Program Overview

Health Promotion

Would you like a career centered on working to change policies, environments, attitudes, and behaviors that affect health? Or are you interested in pursuing advanced study in nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-related professions? Consider the Health Promotion option. Students who choose this option specialize in either community health or behavior and health. More about Health Promotion



Are you interested in the ways the food we eat impacts our health? Check out the Nutrition option. Health Science students who focus on nutrition prepare for careers in dietetics, food service management, community nutrition, and health promotion. More about Nutrition


If you want to prevent substance abuse or work with people who struggle with drug and alcohol problems, you’ll want to take a look at the Addictions option. The program offers both a theoretical understanding of substance abuse and practical methods of counseling and treatment. More about Addictions

Our Students

Kelsey Bumsted

"I had the chance to work for a coconut oil company in Nicaragua. It has created an entirely new economy in a part of the country that barely has access to electricity."
- Kelsey Bumsted

In addition to classroom work, Keene State health science majors are likely to find themselves getting hands-on experience through practicum courses, internships, research, and service-learning opportunities.

Our Graduates

Health science students have gone on to master’s and PhD programs and to careers as registered dietitians, substance abuse counselors, dining service managers, among other options.

Our Faculty

“Every day in the classroom is exciting!”
– Margaret Henning, Assistant Professor

Faculty members in the Health Science Department have real-life experience as nutritionists, substance abuse counselors, and researchers, have won grants for research and awards for community service, and are interested in alternative healing and civic engagement. More about Our Faculty

Recent Department Accomplishments


September 20, 2017 –

Keene State College Associate Professor of Health Science, Dr. Meg Henning, is conducting research with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force, New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program, The Foundation for Healthy Communities and the Healthy Monadnock initiative…

July 5, 2017 –

The health benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known – lessening the child’s risk of such things as ear infections, obesity, diabetes, and SIDS, for example – but there’s an additional benefit for mothers who hope to raise healthy eaters who enjoy a variety of food. The secret? Enjoy eating a…

June 15, 2017 –

Clai Lasher-Sommers ’12 came to Keene State as a non-traditional student to study English. Afterwards, she went off to establish New Dawn Farm in Westmoreland, N.H., a community-oriented, sustainable practice farm and CSA (community-supported agriculture). The farm is managed by women farmers dedicated to teaching the community – especially its…

May 22, 2017 –

A team of heath science and biology students is studying the health effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), molecules found in coal and tar deposits and emitted from cars, incinerators, and forest fires. Biology student Adam Harris and health science student Marissa DePolo are looking at how PAHs affect frogs…

December 1, 2016 –

Keene State College offers an array of options for students looking to find something they are not only passionate about, but the conviction to find their voice and speak up and express their opinion. That opportunity could come at any time: during a class discussion, walking down Appian Way, or…

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