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Your gateway to a health care career

Get ready for a rewarding career in health care by pairing a minor in health care studies with a major of your choice. Our challenging academic programs that focus on 21st century skills (critical reading, writing, thinking and communicating) will support your interest in career options beyond clinical medicine.

All of our students complete two internship experiences to gain hands-on, real-world experience. You'll graduate with a solid foundation in the natural sciences and ready to further your study of health care in professional school. The health care studies minor will help you prepare for a professional career as a:

  • Chiropractor
  • Physician assistant (PA)
  • Occupational therapist
  • Public health official
  • Nurse
  • Athletic trainer
  • Audiologist

If you know you want to work in the health care field, our health care studies minor is for you.

Our dual-track program is the largest interdisciplinary minor on campus, attracting students from such majors as biology, biochemistry, business, chemistry, communications, modern languages, music, neuroscience and sociology. The program benefits immensely from the variety of perspectives our students bring to the table.

Because it's a minor, you'll receive recognition for your hard work but you won't be locked into a professional track or career path. Get real, hands-on experience with two required 40-hour internships.

Our students have an excellent track record of acceptance into professional schools. They've been accepted into the following health care programs in recent years:

  • Medicine, both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO)
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physician Assistant
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Audiology
  • Nursing
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

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.

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

Internships

Health care studies minors are required to complete two 40-hour internships. Here is a sampling of recent internship sites:

Abington Health Systems
Access Sports Med
ADRA Dental Clinic (Equatorial New Guinea)
Allegiance Wealth
American Optometric
Anne-Marie Liszka Clinic
Barnard College
Beach Haven Rescue Squad
Big Spring PT
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Burke Rehabilitation
Carlisle Family
Center St Dental
Central Jersey Urgent Care
Central Penn Gastroenterology
Christiana Care
Cisco Center
DeMarco Training
Dr. Paul Vidunas
Elite Family Chiro
Evangelical Community Hospital
Frisbie Memorial
Geisinger
Gilbert Physical Therapy
Hand Care, Inc.
Herndon Family Practice
Johns Hopkins Univ
Keiffer PT
Keystone Care Physical Therapy
Manor Penn Village
Matossion Eye Clinc
Morris County Coroner's Office
Muncy Valley Hospital
Northeaster Eye
Oley Medical Assoc
Phoenix Rehab
PMSI
Reading Health Systems
Rochester Institute of Technology
RWJ Hamilton Hospital
Saint Luke's University Hospital
Schuylkill Health
SUN Orthopaedic
Temple University
Threshold Rehab
Trenton Orthopedics
University of Vermont
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Valent PT and Sport
Waterloo Sports
Weill Cornell Medicine
Weis Center Research

Health Care Studies

Road to Success For Health Care Minors

You want to make a difference in the world. Our alumni do that—from providing aid during the Ebola outbreak in Africa to doing cutting edge cancer research.

You can also graduate from SU with a liberal arts degree and enter an accelerated BSN program to become a nurse. Or you can move on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy with a health care studies minor.

You'll have the flexibility to explore your options within different fields without sacrificing your interests outside the classroom. Play a sport, join one of our more than 140 student clubs or volunteer in the local community—things you wouldn't be able to fit in if you're locked into one of the six-year programs offered at other places.

Health Care Studies

Contact Us

Healthcare Studies Program

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Natural Sciences Center, 234D

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Phone & Email

Jan Reichard-Brown
570-372-4031
reichardbrown@susqu.edu

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