The Health Sciences major provides students with a thorough grounding in subjects that are fundamental to health-related professions. This interdisciplinary major includes instruction in the basic science courses, coupled with additional courses, such as Health Psychology, to prepare students to meet the needs of a modern health delivery system. Other courses, such as Human Development and Biomedical Ethics, help students to interact with clientele of multiple ages and diverse challenges specific to accessing and providing quality health care.
The Health Sciences major consists of a common track focusing on career preparation (i.e., professions that require a B.A. degree) as well as training for pursuing health-related graduate degrees (e.g., in physical therapy or public health). The program affords students opportunities to obtain research experience and internships with healthcare facilities and community organizations.
Learning Goals for Health Sciences Students
The goal of the undergraduate program in Health Sciences is for students to:
- recognize and explain the fundamental concepts, theories, and applications of the health sciences (both social and physical science).
- identify the scientific methods used to examine health and well-being.
- develop strong critical thinking, research, and communication (oral and written) skills about health and well-being.
- acquire an understanding of the diverse career opportunities in the health field, gain valuable applied experiences through internships and research opportunities in the health field, and form connections between classroom knowledge and field experiences.