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Health Care Studies

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.

The creatively designed minors address 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.

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 two minors 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.

Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 8 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.

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-302 Medicinal Chemistry; CHEM-305 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 Topics in History when the topic is 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-302 Medicinal Chemistry; CHEM-305 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 Topics in History when the topic is 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.

HLCR-080 The Business of Health Care

This course considers the effects of social influences and business practices as they apply to health care professions. Through application of theoretical concepts and use of case examples, this course introduces students to a variety of topics in the business of health care. Possible topics include historical and social influences on health care and its delivery; developments in health insurance, including the rise of HMOs; organizational mission and performance objectives; accounting practices; marketing principles and competitive factors; alternative organizational structures; personnel management, including staffing, training and diversity; and managing for organizational change. 2 SH.

HLCR-301 Human Anatomy

This course examines the major organ systems of the human body with an emphasis on structure as it influences function. It is designed to fulfill the entrance requirements of several health fields' postbaccalaureate and graduate training programs. The course is taught in a workshop format with the laboratory integrated into the lecture topics. Included in this workshop are hands-on study of the human skeleton, intensive dissection of the cat and dissection of other pertinent mammalian organs. Students will be required to identify most of the major mammalian anatomical systems and their detailed structures using either human models, isolated mammal organs or a dissected cat. Included in the course will be a discussion of some of the pathologies associated with human anatomy. This course cannot be used as a substitute for those courses in other programs that require cadaver dissection. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-102 or instructor's permission. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. 4 SH. 

HLCR-302 Human Physiology

This class focuses on the complex functioning of the individual organ systems of the body and how changing function may influence or be influenced by structure. The integrated interactions of each organ system with other body systems will be studied in detail within the contextual framework of maintaining homeostasis. Laboratory studies encompass many aspects of physiology, ranging from cell physiology to using humans as experimental subjects. Prerequisite: BIOL-101 or BIOL-102 or instructor's permission. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. 4 SH. 

HLCR-370 Human Health and Disease

This capstone course builds on the prerequisite courses in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology by focusing on select mechanisms and how they affect homeostasis and thereby create varying states of human health. These processes will be contrasted with pathological processes involved in the development of human disease. An organ system approach will be used to facilitate the study of pathology, pathophysiology and organic disease states. In addition, this course also addresses the psychological, social and cultural impact of disease and the disease process on patients, their families and their community. It is most beneficial if Bioethics and the Business of Health Care have been taken before this course. This class is not intended to take the place of a formal pathology course as may be required by specific professional programs. Prerequisites: HLCR-301, BIOL-320, junior standing and HLCR-302 to be taken prior to or simultaneously with HLCR-370. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary, Oral Intensive.

HLCR-400 Independent Study in Health Care

Study of a particular topic in health care under the guidance of an appropriate faculty member. 1-4 SH.

HLCR-500 Health Care Internship

A minimum of 40 hours of experience is required for each internship. Students may arrange for an internship from a wide range of health care disciplines and clinical settings, depending upon their interests. Typical settings include hospital or clinic-based practice, private practice, public health areas and service-learning opportunities. Internship experiences may range from strictly observational to more hands on, depending upon the actual internship. Students must apply through the Office of the Registrar and submit a Student Learning Contract before beginning their internship. 1 SH.

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Emailreichardbrown@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4031

Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Emailmpeeler@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4207

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Emailtobinjan@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4067

Jeff Whitman, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

Emailwhitman@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4168

Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Emailjohnsonw@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4224

Thomas C. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Emailpeelert@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4381

Coleen Patricia Zoller, Ph.D.

Department: Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Emailzoller@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4163

Pavithra Vivekanand, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Assistant Professor of Biology

Emailvivekanand@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4422

Michael Allar

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Health Care Studies

Emailallar@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4211

Tracey Wolfe

Department: Biology
Adjunct Faculty in Health Care Studies

Emailwolfetracey@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4211