Athletic Training, Health & Exercise Science

Eugene Spatz, Director
Division of Athletic Training, Health, and Exercise Science


Melissa Teixeira 
Associate Director of Health Science

Nikki Russo, MS, ACSM cPT
Student Services Advisor and Adjunct Professor

Office of Enrollment Services, S310
1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201

B.S. in Health Science

LIU Brooklyn’s Health Science bachelor’s degree program, which is part of the School of Health Professions, offers a flexible and multifaceted curriculum that is grounded in science, health care, and wellness. A primary goal of the major is to prepare students for professional health careers in physical therapy, public health, respiratory care, nursing, medicine, and other areas.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science features:

  • Personalized professional advisement
  • Fifteen minors that may lead to non-clinical careers, such as Healthcare Management, Health Coaching, Yoga for Wellness, Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Personal Training, Health and Exercise Psychology, and Nutrition
  • On–campus clinical experiences working with individuals with various disabilities
  • Two accelerated degree tracks for those seeking admission into either the Master of Public Health (MPH) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs at LIU Brooklyn
  • A diverse, highly recognized, and dedicated faculty
  • Internships that afford you hands-on experience, applied research, and community based service, that may lead to future employment opportunities
  • Partnerships with leading organizations, including Heavens Hands, Association for Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group, Maimonides Hospital, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and NYC Department of Education

Admission Requirements

To qualify for acceptance into the B.S. in Health Science program:

  • Entering freshmen must have a high school average of at least 80/100 and a combined SAT score of at least 1000
  • Transfer students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0
  • All applicants must submit a general application for admission through My LIU

Program Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • Maintaining at least a 2.0 overall grade point average
  • Maintaining a minimum health science grade point average of 2.5
  • Earning a grade of C or better in each health science course
  • Fulfilling all field experience clearance requirements prior to the beginning of each field experience course

Students must satisfy the Placement, Proficiency, Orientation and Core Curriculum criteria outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of their academic bulletin.

Courses Required for the Major:

Ancillary Requirements:

  • BIO 137 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
  • BIO 138 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
  • CHM 1 Chemistry for Health Science I or CHM 3 Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • MTH 100 Introductory Statistics or PSY 150 Statistics in Psychology (3 credits)

Major Requirements:
All courses listed below must be completed. Students must earn grades of C and higher in all major courses.

  • HS 300 Introduction to Health Professions (3 credits)
  • HS 325 Current Issues in Urban Health (3 credits)
  • HS 340 Nutrition and Wellness (3 credits)
  • HS 355 Diversity and Health Disparities (3 credits)
  • HS 410 Healthcare Organizations and Delivery (3 credits)
  • HS 430 Research in the Health Professions (3 credits)
  • HS 460 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Health Care (3 credits)
  • HS 471 Health Program Planning (3 credits)
  • HS 490 Practicum (3 credits)

Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 120
Minimum Liberal Arts and Sciences Credits: 60
Minimum Major Credits: 27
Minimum Credits of Courses > 100 Level: 48
Ancillary Course Requirements: See Above
Minimum Health Science Major GPA: 2.5
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0

Faculty and Staff

Gary Bernstein, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Sport Management
Leeja Carter, Assistant Professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology
Kevin Duffy, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Brian Gilchrist, Assistant Professor of Health Science
Tracye Rawls-Martin, Assistant Professor of Sports Sciences
Anthony Ricci, Assistant Professor, ATHES
Amerigo Rossi, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Nikki Russo, Student Services Advisor, ATHES
Eugene Spatz, ATHES Division Director
Melissa Teixeira, Associate Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Scott Westervelt, Clinical Coordinator of Health Science


School of Health Professions

Stacy Jaffee Gropack, Dean