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Health Studies

Students who major in Health Studies are equipped to pursue work and graduate studies in public health, health policy, healthcare management and administration, and other areas related to health and social services. All students in the major complete courses in the three core areas of undergraduate public health education: health policy, global health, and epidemiology. Additional health-related courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities are selected, in consultation with faculty advisors, to align with personal interests and goals. 

The Health Studies minor enhances preparation for clinical and professional practice by examining the foundations of social medicine. Courses in health policy, healthcare in social context, and healthcare ethics complement the science courses required for admission to graduate programs in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other clinical professions. The minor also prepares rising leaders in business and politics to navigate the intricacies of the healthcare sector.

The Health Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade less than C- (1.7).

10 units, including:

HS 100 Introduction to Health Studies

HS 101 Global Health

HS 250 Epidemiology and Health Research Methods

Research Methods, one unit chosen from: 

BIOL 320 Experimental Design and Biostatistics

BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economic

MATH 209 Introduction to Statistical Modeling

Health Ethics, one unit chosen from:

PHIL 265 Bioethics

LDST 377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care

Humanities Perspectives on Health, one unit chosen from:

ANTH 302 Medicine and Health from a Global/Anthropological Perspective

ANTH 303 Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology

CLSC 210 A History of Early Medicine

HS 200 The Medical Humanities

HS 240 Law and Medicine

HIST 361 Madness and Society in the Modern Era

HIST 390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia

Social Science Perspectives on Health, one unit chosen from:

GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature

GEOG 370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization

HS 201 Health and the Caring Professions

PLSC 365 U.S. Health Care Policy and Politics

PSYC 323 Health Psychology

Natural Science Perspectives on Health, one unit chosen from:

BIOL 199 Molecular Mechanism of Medicine or BIOL 199 Genes, Neurons, and Behavior or BIOL 199 Microbial Stress or BIOL 199 Emerging Infectious Diseases or BIOL 120 Emerging Infectious Diseases

BIOL 220 Human Physiology with Lab

BIOL 322 Cancer Biology and Tumorigenesis with Lab

BIOL 324 Molecular Virology with Lab

BIOL 336 Eco-epidemiology with Lab

BIOL 340 Introduction to Immunology with Lab

BIOL 346 Medical Entomology with Lab

BIOL 354 Biological Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases with Lab

ENVR 322 The Global Impact of Climate Change

GEOG 260 Foundations of Geospatial Analysis

MATH 304 Mathematical Models in Biology and Medicine

Elective

Choose one from any of the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences blocks.

Capstone

HS 390 Senior Captone I

HS 391 Senior Capstone II

 

The Health Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade less than C- (1.7).

Five units, including:

HS 100 Introduction to Health Studies

HS 201 Health and the Caring Professions

LDST 377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care or PHIL 265 Bioethics

Two units, chosen from:

ANTH 302 Medicine and Health from a Global/Anthropological Perspective

ANTH 303 Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology

CLSC 210 A History of Early Medicine

HIST 199 Health In American History

HIST 361 Madness and Society in the Modern Era

HS 200 The Medical Humanities

HS 240 Law and Medicine

MGMT 355 Health Sector Analysis

PLSC 365 U.S. Healthcare Policy and Politics

PSYC 299 Developmental Disabilities in Children

PSYC 323 Health Psychology

PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 444 Clinical Case Studies (Foundations of Neuropsychology)

RHCS 102 Interpersonal Communication

SOC 340 Sociology of Health and Illness

or another approved elective

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

No more than two transfer courses may be applied to the minor requirements.