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The Healthcare Studies program includes courses from nearly one-half of all departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, including psychology, political sciences, anthropology, history, and classical studies. Special contributions are made by faculty in the School of Leadership Studies, which emphasizes a framework of moral decision making and social responsibility that directly addresses such questions as hot to effect change in medical settings; the School of Business, which provides an understanding of the delivery, support, and financing of health care services as well as the management skills that are needed to successfully run health services organizations;  and the School of Law, which offers a firm foundation in the fundamental legal and practical aspects of medical liability litigation and other areas of medical jurisprudence including health care regulation.

Courses
HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 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.

HCS 395 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
In-depth study of a health care topic under the supervision of a faculty member.

HCS 397 Special Topics
Units: 1
Description
Covers subject matter not encountered in other healthcare studies courses.