Health Studies

  • Department Information

    Health Studies

    B. Rick Mayes, Co-Coordinator (Political Science)
    John Vaughan, Co-Coordinator (Biology) 

    Health Studies explores the nature of healthcare, especially how legal, political, corporate, ethical and sociocultural institutions influence the organization, financing, and delivery of health services. HS aims to:
    • Provide students with an Arts & Sciences-based, multidisciplinary understanding of health, healthcare practice and policy, health disparities and population health.
    • Have students develop the research tools and analytical frameworks to examine complex issues related to health, healthcare practice and policy, health disparities and population health; and
    • Prepare students for both graduate studies and employment in the health sector, which is the single largest employer and component of the U.S. economy. 
  • Major

    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

     

  • Minor

    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.

Courses

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  • HS 100 Introduction to Health Care Studies

    Units: 1

    Description

    Survey of: (1) how health care is financed, organized, and delivered both in the U.S. and in other countries; (2) major health policy areas and issues; and (3) what constitutes the study of public health, health administration, health services and bioethics. Surveys the key stakeholders: those who pay for, provide and receive care. Contrasts the different ways that health care providers are paid, how and why reimbursement methods have changed over time, and their consequences for the quality, cost and accessibility of health care services. Finally, as a case study, the Affordable Care Act will be dissected for the purposes of illustrating the ways in which the U.S. health care system differs from those of other wealthy countries. No particular disciplinary background is assumed, nor is any special familiarity with the field of health care required.

  • HS 101 Global Health

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines the history and functions of global health; the links between globalization and health; the social and environmental determinants of health; health and human rights; comparative health systems; global health agencies and organizations; the global burden of disease; and population health interventions.

  • HS 200 The Medical Humanities

    Units: 1

    Description

    Designed for students who are planning to enter the health care field. Provides an introduction to non-clinical aspects of medical practice that confront health care practitioners. Topics include medical ethics, cross-cultural medicine, the doctor-patient relationship, and death and dying.

    Prerequisites

    HCS 100.

  • HS 201 Health and the Caring Professions

    Units: 1

    Description

    Ethical and interpersonal aspects of healthcare within a larger sociopolitical context. Analytical and reflective skills in a scholarly approach to healthcare issues. Preparation for a broad range of careers and educational opportunities in healthcare.

    Prerequisites

    HCS 100.

  • HS 240 Law and Medicine

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines the intersection of law and medicine, primarily in medical malpractice litigation and also by looking at other areas of medical jurisprudence including state and federal health care regulation.

    Prerequisites

    HCS 100.

  • HS 250 Epidemiology and Health Research Methods

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of the distribution and determinants of population health status. Research process that includes identifying a study question, selecting a study approach, designing a study, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and then reporting the findings. Examines quantitative and qualitative health research methods, with an emphasis on epidemiologic study designs (such as cross-sectional, case-control, cohort, and experimental studies) and epidemiological analysis.

    Prerequisites

    HS 100 or 101.

  • HS 388 Individual Internshp

    Units: .25-1

    Description

    Supervised community-based learning in the healthcare field. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Healthcare Studies major.

  • HS 390 Senior Capstone I

    Units: .5-.5

    Description

    Year-long engagement in an approved independent research project. Requires completion and presentation of a thesis.

    Prerequisites

    Senior Standing, major in Healthcare Studies.

  • HS 391 Senior Capstone II

    Units: .5-.5

    Description

    Year-long engagement in an approved independent research project. Requires completion and presentation of a thesis.

    Prerequisites

    Senior Standing, major in Healthcare Studies. HCS 390 as a pre-req for 391.

  • HS 395 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    In-depth study of a health care topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

  • HS 397 Special Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Covers subject matter not encountered in other healthcare studies courses.

    Prerequisites

    HCS 100.