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Healthcare Studies

Rapid changes in the healthcare arena are expanding demands on allied health professionals. For example, as health care financing issues become more intense, issues of cultural sensitivity and scarce health resources are growing as the diversity of the population increases. The combination of new technology, market pressures, and environmental threats has also underscored the fact that good healthcare requires an understanding of the whole person, as well as good science. With these issues in mind, the Healthcare Studies program provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of –and analytical framework for examining—the business, legal, ethical, interpersonal, and sociopolitical aspects of healthcare delivery, finance and organization.

The Healthcare 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
HCS 100 Introduction to Healthcare Studies
MATH 209 Introduction to Statistical Modeling or BIOL 320 Experimental Design and
Biostatistics or BUAD 202 Business Statistics
LDST 377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care or PHIL 265 Bioethics
HCS 390-HCS 391 Senior Capstone
One course in Law, Philosophy and Humanities chosen from:
CLSC 210 A History of Early Medicine
ENGL 400 Junior/Senior Seminar (Medicine, Mortality, and Meaning)
HCS 201 Health and the Caring Professions
HCS 240 Law and Medicine
HIST 199 Health in American History
HIST 361 Madness and Society in the Modern Era
HIST 390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia
PHIL 260 Philosophical Problems in Law and Society
Two courses in Research Methods, Analysis and Communications chosen from:
ACCT 201 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
ANTH 211 Field Methods in Ethnography
GEOG 260 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
LDST 389 Research Methods
MGMT 355 Health Sector Analysis
PLSC 270 Social Science Inquiry
PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses
RHCS 102 Interpersonal Communication
SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis
Two units chosen from:
ANTH 302 Medicine and Health from a Global/Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 303 Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology
BIOL 108 Environmental Biology
BIOL 120 Emerging Infectious Diseases
BIOL 199 Viruses or BIOL 199 Molecular Mechanism of Medicine or BIOL 199 Genes,
Neurons, and Behavior or BIOL 199 Microbial Stress or BIOL 199 Neural
Communication
BIOL 229 Microbiology -or- BIOL 313 Microbial Pathogenesis
BIOL 336 Eco-Epidemiology
BIOL 346 Medical Entomology
BIOL 354 Biological Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases
PLSC 363 Global Health, Infectious Disease, and Human Rights
PLSC 364 Child Health and Policy
PLSC 365 U.S. Healthcare Policy and Politics
PSYC 311 Child Development
PSYC 315 Adult Development
PSYC 331 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 444 Foundations of Neuropsychology
SOC 340 Sociology of Health and Illness
One additional unit or independent study chosen from any of the areas above.

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

The healthcare studies major is offered as a Bachelor of Arts degree only.

The Healthcare 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
HCS 100 Introduction to Healthcare Studies
HCS 201 Health and the Caring Professions
LDST 377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care or PHIL 265 Bioethics

Two courses, 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
ENGL 400 Junior/Senior Seminar: Medicine, Mortality, and Meaning
HIST 199 Health In American History
HIST 361 Madness and Society in the Modern Era
HCS 240 Law and Medicine
MGMT 355 Health Sector Analysis
PLSC 363 Global Health, Infectious Disease, and Human Rights
PLSC 364 Child Health and Policy
PLSC 365 U.S. Healthcare Policy and Politics
PSYC 299 Developmental Disabilities in Children
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.