Health Care Studies

Degree Requirements

Health Care Studies

Director: Reichard-Brown

Learning goals:

  • The student will be able to assess career options and make informed choices about which are the best for him or her given his or her interests and abilities.
  • The student should be able to describe the nature of the health care system.
  • The student should understand the impact of health care delivery on individuals and communities worldwide.
  • The student should develop an appropriate knowledge base of key biomedical subjects related to the health care professions.

Our creatively designed minor addresses the needs of very goal-oriented prehealth professional students, as well as serving as a means for undecided students to explore health care career options. Both tracks require 24 credits of coursework and two separate 40-hour internships, which each carry one credit.

As the largest interdisciplinary minor on campus, this program attracts students from many academic majors, including biochemistry, biology, business, communications, computer science, music and music education, neuroscience, psychology, Spanish and sociology. The interactions of students from such varying academic backgrounds enrich the experiences of all the students and contribute to their ability to view a topic from multiple perspectives. The intentional choice to create this program as a minor ensures that while students will receive recognition for this body of work, they are not locked into a professional track and are free to alter their career plans.

Health Care Studies Minor Graduate Prerequisite Program. The minor requires 24 semester hours, including four-semester-hour courses HLCR:301 Human Anatomy, HLCR:302 Human Physiology, HLCR:370 Human Health and Disease and PHIL:224 Bioethics and a two-semester-hour course HLCR:080 The Business of Health Care. Students also take a four-semester-hour elective course to be chosen from one of the following: BIOL:157 The Biology of Women; BIOL:320 Exercise and Extreme Physiology; BIOL:440 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology; BIOL:441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab; BIOL:560 Interdisciplinary Explorations in Biology when the topic being taught is either Human Parasites or Teratology; CHEM:300 Medicinal Chemistry; CHEM:300 Forensic Chemistry; CHEM:426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes; CHEM:427 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes Lab; PSYC:242 Health Psychology; PSYC:320 Abnormal Psychology; PSYC:342 Behavioral Neuroscience; RELI:305 Topics in Religion, with Issues at the End of Life as the topic; HIST:323 History of American Medicine; HIST:390 History of Medicine; or another four-semester-hour course based upon the students' interests, with approval of the health care studies director. Two one-semester 40-hour minimum internship experiences, which may be completed outside of the academic year, are also required. This minor is designed for students who plan on entering graduate programs that require Human Anatomy as a prerequisite course. These fields include but are not limited to: physical therapy, physician's assistant, optometry, occupational therapy, accelerated nursing programs and other allied health careers. The minimum GPA for enrolling in the graduate prerequisite track is 3.30.

Health Care Studies Minor Explorations Program. The minor requires 24 semester hours, including three four-semester-hour courses HLCR:302 Human Physiology, HLCR:370 Human Health and Disease and PHIL:224 Bioethics and a two-semester-hour course HLCR:080 The Business of Health Care. Students also take two four-semester-hour elective courses to be chosen from one of the following: BIOL:157 The Biology of Women; BIOL:320 Exercise and Extreme Physiology; BIOL:440 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology; BIOL:441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab; BIOL:560 Interdisciplinary Explorations in Biology when the topic is either Human Parasites or Teratology; CHEM:300 Medicinal Chemistry; CHEM:300 Forensic Chemistry; CHEM:426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes; CHEM:427 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes Lab; PSYC:242 Health Psychology; PSYC:320 Abnormal Psychology; PSYC:342 Behavioral Neuroscience; RELI:305 Topics in Religion, with Issues at the End of Life as the topic; HIST:323 History of American Medicine; HIST:390 History of Medicine; or another four-semester-hour course based upon the students' interests, with approval of the health care studies director. Two one-semester-hour 40-hour minimum internship experiences, which may be completed outside of the academic year, are also required. Students enrolled in the explorations program of the health care studies minor may take HLCR:301 Human Anatomy as one of their four-semester-hour classes on a space-available basis.



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