Students apply sensors to another student's legs to record measurements in the Motion Analysis Lab.

Why School of Health Sciences?

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An inside look

Students have the opportunity to work with the most up-to-date equipment.

Cutting-edge skills meet community-focused care

Health care needs in our society are rapidly evolving. That’s why Quinnipiac’s School of Health Sciences remains one step ahead with a comprehensive spectrum of proactive programs that not only address today’s most pressing medical concerns, but anticipate tomorrow’s challenges as well. By fostering teamwork, critical-thinking skills, the highest ethical standards and respect for diverse populations, we help create compassionate practitioners and skilled scientists who value lifelong learning.  

Quinnipiac’s nationally ranked programs stand out. The cutting-edge facilities on the North Haven Campus offer unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and collaboration. Partnerships with leading medical institutions nationwide create extraordinary connections. There are also ample opportunities to connect with the community — from Connecticut to Caribbean countries, where students routinely make a difference on service missions. In addition, the wide range of program flexibility—from certificate programs to dual-degree options — means that regardless of where you are in your educational journey, we can help you reach your long-term goals.


Brittney Ryan '19 sits at a table in a classroom with two young students reading books.

All smiles

Occupational therapy student Brittney Ryan '19, works one-on-one with a kindergarten student at Church Street School in Hamden, CT.

Our Students

Active, dedicated and leading the way

At Quinnipiac, you'll join a student body just as diverse as our health sciences program options. From high school valedictorians to veterans starting anew, our students have one thing in common: they’re passionate about their studies and take charge of their futures by working hard both inside and outside the classroom.

Our students earn National Institute for Health (NIH) grants and conduct important cancer research. They teach healthy habits at public schools in Hamden, present at major industry associations and study abroad at other top-notch science schools in Ireland, Spain and Australia. They lend capable hands and clinical skills to those who most need them on service trips all over the world.

Additionally, working in such close proximity to nursing and medical students offers something many universities do not: regular opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and research, and early exposure to a team-based atmosphere. This is an important dynamic that we believe prepares our students for the nuances of working in modern health care.  

In their Words: Video Profile of Pat Charmel '81

From student to hospital CEO

Pat Charmel '81 has led the transformation of Griffin Hospital from a health care facility many people avoided to one the community trusts. His career successes stem from the Quinnipiac professors who connected him to the hospital administration more than 30 years ago. "That's something that Quinnipiac does: Take a personal interest in its students — and it's made a difference for me." 

What our Graduates are Doing

Healthy careers, satisfying lives

Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in a wide range of fields. They work as practitioners in major medical centers and small town clinics from coast to coast. Our athletic training and physical therapy grads can be seen on the sidelines at NFL and college games. Others take jobs as educators in schools and colleges; they work in forensic pathology labs and research labs.

As a graduate of the School of Health Sciences, you can find meaningful work outside of clinical settings as well. Your opportunities are varied, and include conducting life-altering research at prominent labs and medical institutes worldwide, or leveraging your expertise for successful biotech companies. Wherever you see yourself, we’ll provide you with a solid foundation that will help you launch a satisfying and successful career in health care.

Our overall 2016 placement rate — graduates who are either employed or pursuing advanced degrees six months after graduation — was 97.7%. Many programs, including occupational therapy and physician assistant, have a 100% placement rate.

About one-third of our undergraduate School of Health Sciences students go directly to graduate school. While many choose to continue their education at Quinnipiac, our 2015 grads are also currently attending:

Examples of where our graduates work

  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Boston Red Sox
  • CVS Health
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Midstate Hospital and Yale
  • Stanford University
  • Magrabi Dental Centers (Saudi Arabia)

Examples of where our graduates attend graduate school

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Cornell University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Kentucky
  • Washington State University
  • Hofstra University
  • University of Virginia
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Alumni Spotlight

Quinnipiac alumnus helps patient walk pain-free

One look at the young woman’s legs and Dr. Michael Campbell ’99 knew he was viewing the most severe case of rickets he’d ever seen.

The patient, 44-inch-tall Natasha Christian, was born with Vitamin D-resistant rickets, also called X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), which caused her legs to bow severely. Despite multiple surgeries since childhood, the 35-year-old mother of two has endured constant pain and stress fractures in both of her femurs and walked with a waddling gait.

Campbell and five other orthopedic physicians from around the country had been invited to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in January to learn how to perform surgeries on complex deformity patients using innovative technology newly approved by the FDA. Campbell, the first surgeon to use the Orthofix TrueLok Hexapod external fixator to correct deformities in a patient’s femur and tibia at the same time.

Dr. Michael A. Campbell '99 at his practice in Chesapeake, VA.

Groundbreaking treatment

Dr. Michael A. Campbell '99 at his practice in Chesapeake, VA.

“Nothing else would have worked for her,” said Campbell, 38, who graduated from Quinnipiac with a bachelor’s in physical therapy and went on to earn an MD at State University of New York-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Campbell narrated the 5½-hour procedure as he worked so the Orthofix company could use it to educate others. Footage from the surgery was used by a local TV news station in a reporting segment it did on the procedure.

Besides straightening Christian’s legs, Campbell leveled her joints and hopes to give her a three- to four-inch gain in height.