Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that draws from three of the major strengths of Brandeis: the life sciences, the social sciences of health, and the health policy of the Heller School.

There are few programs like HSSP in the country; the emphasis is studying multiple perspectives on health and healthcare. The many disciplines of HSSP contribute to our current understanding of human health and disease. This program will help students understand the biological underpinnings of health, illness and disability, as well as their social, political, legal and economic dimensions. International cases and examples are integrated into the study of these issues in the United States.

HSSP Degrees and Beyond

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Students may choose to earn a degree in HSSP as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a minor. Learn how to declare (or change) your HSSP Major or Minor.

By undertaking this broad, interdisciplinary study of health, students prepare themselves for a variety of educational and professional opportunities.  Graduates of the HSSP program go on to careers in the fields of medicine, dentistry, public health, clinical therapy, social work, genetic counseling, biomedical research, law, social policy, and public service — among many others.

Students who are considering a future Masters degree at Brandeis may want to explore two 5yr HSSP/Heller Degree Programs: 

HSSP MPP Advancement Program

Global Health 5-year Bachelor-Master of Science Program

Both of these programs enable HSSP BA & BS students to complete their undergraduate degree alongside a Masters degree within 5yrs.