Undergraduate Pathway Program (UPP): Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences at UMass Lowell will help prepare you for a job that will make a difference in people’s lives. You will gain a deep understanding of your chosen field, and learn how to promote health and well-being.

Your direct pathway to UMass Lowell



Two to three semesters

Semester start dates

Summer: May 2017

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018

Program list:

Medical Laboratory - Medical Laboratory Science option prepares students with lifelong career skills in laboratory science. Students receive an in-depth education in clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunohematology (transfusion medicine), clinical immunology, and clinical microbiology. Lecture and laboratory courses in these areas are taught here at the University, followed by clinical internships in each area at hospital laboratories in Greater Boston, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Clinical Science - The Clinical Sciences option prepares students with life long career skills in the biomedical sciences. Students take a core of laboratory science courses in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology, and Clinical Microbiology and laboratory specialization electives. Through Directed Study and Senior Research courses, students work with department faculty to gain skills in both library and clinical laboratory research. The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to the biomedical laboratory.

Community Health - Community Health provides a high level of professional preparation for health educators practicing in a variety of settings, including community health centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate fitness centers and non-profit community organizations. This program provides a basis for understanding the scientific foundation of community health, community needs within their social and political context, and how to address those needs through program development and implementation. In the first two years of the program, students develop a strong foundation in the sciences, anatomy and physiology, physiological chemistry, and microbiology. In addition, courses in health-care systems, community health and environment, and human development will be undertaken. The program culminates with an internship in students final semester. The faculty work closely with each student to determine the appropriate setting for their internship. Internships are assigned in settings that commonly employ health educators, health care facilities, community health centers, corporate fitness centers, etc.
Environmental Health - Environmental Health is the study and practice of all factors that are external to a person-physical, chemical, biological and social factors-and affect human health. It encompasses the assessment, control, and prevention of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. Its ultimate aim is to prevent disease and create health-supportive environments.

Nutritional Scientists apply knowledge from physiology, biochemistry and chemistry to understand digestion of food, absorption and use of nutrients by the body, nutrients requirements at different stages of life, and the effects of nutrient deficiencies and excesses. They also draw on the social sciences to understand the socio-cultural, psychological, economic and political factors influencing choices of food. Nutritional Scientists study the relationship between diet and chronic disease, monitor nutritional content of the American food supply, define and help to alleviate food and nutritional problems throughout the world, and work with other health professionals in promoting health and well-being for people of all ages.

UPP: Health Sciences sample course list

UPP program components

UPP credit hours applied to degree: 29 / Remaining credit hours to complete degree program: 91

Semester 1 Course title Credits

NAV 101

Navigating the Undergraduate Pathway



College Writing A ESL



Anatomy & Physiology I plus Lab



Introduction to Statistics



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits


Semester 2 Course title Credits


College Writing I



Introduction to Public Health and Seminar



Introduction to Sociology



General Psychology



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits


Semester 3 Course title Credits


College Writing II



Anatomy & Physiology II



Art Appreciation



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits



Total program credits


Program information

Progression requirements:

    • Overall GPA of 2.5
    • No grade below C
    • Minimum number of credits: 30
    • Students must successfully complete College Writing II ESL in order to matriculate to sophomore year with UML.

Program notes:

  • Placement in Math and College Writing courses is determined by the University's Math and English writing assessments. If students do not place into the math or writing course, an additional semester may be necessary.
  • Students in UPP: 3 Semesters with English start with a semester of Academic English and then proceed into the same course of study as students in UPP: 3 Semesters
Entry to second year of your UMass Lowell College of Health Sciences degree program

Bachelor of Science

  • Clinical Laboratory

    - Medical Laboratory

    - Clinical Science

  • Community Health
  • Nutritional Sciences