Rangos School of Health Sciences

The Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University instills in-depth scientific and theoretical knowledge of health care practice, enhanced by a rich infusion of moral and spiritual values, necessary to prepare our graduates to be competent health care professionals.

The development of knowledge and programs related to health and well being encompass many majors. Some programs focus on practices that directly improve patient health while others focus on the physical activity and processes that affect health status and aging.

The health science major prepares students for work in schools, businesses, medical care settings, and the community as health educators. A degree in health science equips students with a variety of educational tools and techniques to use in their selected health profession.

Learn specifics about each of the following health-related majors:

Athletic Training Physician Assistant Studies
Biomedical Engineering Physical Therapy
Health Administration Public Health
Health Sciences Rehabilitation Science
Occupational Therapy Speech-Language Pathology


One of the first questions you should ask yourself is how much you want to deal with people. Be aware that you may spend the majority of your time with sick, disabled or dying people. Secondly, be realistic with yourself regarding work hours.

You might be part of a small staff or a huge organization and working at the national, regional, state or local level. Clinical settings include, hospitals, community health centers, mobile clinics, long-term care facilities, private practice offices, or even patient homes. There is an urgent need for health practitioners in medically under-served areas, which often are in rural communities or inner-city neighborhoods. The possibilities in this field are endless.


  • Health careers require you to be a strong science student.
  • Continue learning and reading about the field — stay up to date on latest developments.
  • Explore many and various work settings through volunteer opportunities and fieldwork.
  • Think about your future lifestyle and what is a good home/work balance.
  • Set up informal talks/interviews with professionals/alums/current students in the field.
  • Shadow and observe as often as possible.
  • Get involved in student organizations within your specific program.
  • Talk with faculty and department advisors.