Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

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Health & Medicine Profile

Become who you're meant to be

Becoming a Whitworth Pirate means joining a family. At Whitworth, you will find a caring Christian community ready to support you and mentor you, no matter your faith background. A place where you belong, and where you matter. A community set apart by the relationships we share, bound together through our mutual commitment to ask tough questions, engage with diverse perspectives and search fearlessly for answers wherever they may be found. This is where the best learning happens. Through these connections and experiences, our graduates are equipped to become who they are meant to be, in their careers and in their communities, and throughout their lives.

A Whitworth University education is characterized by academic excellence, the integration of faith and learning, abundant opportunities to engage in research, internships and practicums, study abroad, and service, and thorough preparation for a successful career with purpose. 

Whitworth's health science major is an interdisciplinary program that offers versatility in careers related to health and well being. We believe in the value of experiential learning and will give you every opportunity to develop a practical understanding of human health and well being, in addition to theoretical knowledge.

You will begin your studies with a foundation in biology and chemistry, and an introduction to health sciences. You will then study the form and function of the human body through classes in areas such as anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, and nutrition.

Why major in health science at Whitworth?
• Gain valuable hands-on experience in our new human performance lab and in our anatomy and physiology lab, which provides learning opportunities with human cadavers. Students who continue to graduate school often report that their Whitworth lab experiences put them ahead of peers.

• Build strong relationships with professors. Health science faculty members are dedicated to their students and will challenge you to grow both academically and personally.

• Connect your faith or worldview to your studies and career goals. You will learn to identify your strengths and discover how you can use them to serve humanity. You will also be encouraged to develop professional ethics that integrate cultural competence and personal values.

• Draw inspiration from the state-of-the-art Robinson Science Hall, which houses the health sciences, chemistry, and biology departments, and the new Dornsife Health Sciences Building that houses the human performance lab.

• Conduct original research and present your findings at academic conferences.

• Apply your learning to your personal health through courses such as Exercise Physiology and Nutrition.

• Develop a holistic understanding of health. You will learn to recognize the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.

• Discover what interests you. Internships and electives allow you to explore areas of personal interest in science and human behavior.

Health science is a diverse field and needs leaders from diverse backgrounds.
No matter where you come from, you belong.

Life at Whitworth
Students come to Whitworth University not just to be taught, but to learn. They come for an education. And we recognize that a sound education is not limited to the classroom or to formal educational activities; there is another side to the curriculum. The student-life program is the "other side" of this educational process. It is an opportunity to deal with questions like these: "Who am I, and what are my gifts?" "How do I develop durable, trustworthy relationships?" "How do I grow spiritually, and how can I find ways to express my faith in service to others?"

Student clubs: Black Student Union, Gaming Club, Hawaiian Club, HOLA (Heritage of Latino Americans), Pre-Med Club, Student Investment Group, Ultimate Frisbee, and dozens more.

Intramurals for all: Whether for fun or for the coveted championship T-shirt, more than half of our students participate in intramural sports, from Ultimate Frisbee to roundnet.

The arts: Got a heart for the arts? Students of all majors participate in more than 20 instrumental and vocal ensembles, and multiple theatre events and art exhibits.

Athletics: The Pirates compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports and have won the trophy for the best overall athletics program in the Northwest Conference for 12 years in a row.

Women’s sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis

Visit us
We can't wait for you to experience life at Whitworth. Choose the visit that's right for you!
Visiting campus is the best way to see what Whitworth is all about. Meet our fun, welcoming community and make connections right away. Take in the view from a hammock in The Loop. Jump into a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Sit in on a class. Dine and chat with student residents. Experience campus worship. Visiting in the winter? Find out why students refer to campus as "Narnia." See all the ways you can visit.  



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Spokane and the Region

Whitworth is located in Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington state and the hub of the Inland Northwest. The Northwest is one of the most naturally beautiful, geographically diverse, economically vibrant, and physically active regions in the country.

• Metro-population: 745,213
• Ideal four-season climate
• Outdoor recreation opportunities galore
• Skiing and snowboarding at five major ski resorts within an hour-and-a-half drive of campus
• 76 lakes and rivers
• Miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking
• Dozens of public parks
• Thriving community life that includes Spokane's acclaimed symphony, Broadway theatre performances, and concerts by local and national musicians
• Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world
• Bloomsday, the city's famous 12K run

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Upon visiting campus, I was surprised by how welcoming people were. The longer I stayed, the more I realized that the campus is full of amazing people who are willing to ask questions and challenge themselves to positively impact the world around them.”

    • Taylor Pannell
      Art and English