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Behavior and Health, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The Behavior and Health major is offered through the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.
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The Behavior and Health interdisciplinary program at Boston University prepares students for entry-level positions working in a variety of healthcare facilities, educational programs, and social and human service organizations. Students are well prepared to pursue graduate professional preparation in medicine, physician assistant, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, public health, behavioral medicine, special education, rehabilitation and psychological counseling, as well as graduate studies in a variety of different fields.

Students will integrate concepts from social and biological sciences, learn essential skills such as critical thinking, research, communication, and cultural competency. Students define a specific focus for their studies (specialty electives) by their junior year. This focus may include a related minor (e.g., deaf studies, public health, psychology and special education, etc.), be tied to a specific professional career goal (research, etc.), or may represent a core area of interest that the student proposes to study in more depth (addiction, family & children, etc.). Students are encouraged to study abroad and complete an international internship during this experience. Students in this major are eligible to apply for the Sargent College Thesis for Distinction.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Integrate and apply concepts from different fields of study to health and well-being.
  • Demonstrate cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills that support effective and sensitive interaction in a variety of cultures, populations, and contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use scientific information or credible evidence to make informed decisions.
  • Be proficient in all forms of communication (oral, visual, electronic, and media) with diverse stakeholders and audiences.
  • Be proficient in identifying the key biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors of health and well-being.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    128 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biology 
  • Statistics 
  • General Psychology
  • Writing Seminar
  • Freshman Experience Seminar
  • Human Anatomy
  • Writing & Research Seminar
  • Introduction to the Health and Rehabilitation Professions
  • Humanities or general elective

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements


  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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