Interdisciplinary Health Studies Major

Health Studies Program

The Health Studies undergraduate program offers a comprehensive education in the natural sciences, public health, health care systems, and social sciences. Students complete foundational courses in medical terminology, health professional roles and responsibilities, biology, chemistry, sociology, and psychology. The major allows students the flexibility to tailor their coursework toward personal and professional goals. Many students focus on completing required prerequisites toward health professional degrees. The Department of Health Studies faculty have many years of experience working in healthcare and are able to guide students in finding their own unique career paths. Consistent with Saint Joseph's University Jesuit mission of cura personalis and social justice, the department encourages majors to recognize and serve vulnerable populations. Students are encouraged to volunteer with local nonprofit agencies, intern in local hospitals, or participate in summer scholars in order to gain hands-on experience.

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Graduates of the Health Studies Program will know and understand the biological, psychological, and social determinants of health and well-being.

Objective 1.1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of how race, social class, gender, culture, geographic location, and disability influence physical and mental health.

Objective 1.2: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the primary health issues at each stage of life and how healthcare needs change across the lifespan.

Goal 2: Graduates will apply health theories to health practice and research.

Objective 2.1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of health promotion planning, needs assessment, program development, and evaluation by developing and implementing a health promotion project.

Objective 2.2: Graduates will be able to foster health behavioral change by applying systematic, measurable, and supportive (empathic) approaches.

Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate literacy in the language of health professions.

Objective 3.1: Graduates will effectively use the terminology and language of the health professions.

Objective 3.2: Graduates will be able to analyze regional, national and global health data and to draw logical conclusions based on health data.

Objective 3.3: Graduates will be able to critically evaluate and apply current research in the health professions to health promotion and disease prevention practice.

Goal 4: Graduates will collaborate with others in order to promote health and well-being of people in need.

Objective 4.1: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of healthcare systems and effective healthcare systems management.

Objective 4.2: Graduates will be able to educate, delegate, and coordinate with others to promote health and well-being of a population.

Goal 5: Graduates will follow ethical codes of conduct of the health professions.

Objective 5.1: Graduates will follow and promote ethical conduct reflecting Jesuit values, specifically the values of honesty, respect for persons, and justice.

Objective 5.2: Graduates will demonstrate the maturity to make decisions and to take professional responsibility for those decisions.

Objective 5.3: Graduates will act as global citizens, holding personal and career objectives that honor and serve the beneficence of people in need.

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

CHM 125/125LGeneral Chemistry II5
PHL 250Philosophy of Death3

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

CHM 120General Chemistry I3
CHM 120LGeneral Chemistry Lab I2
BIO 101Bio I: Cells4
BIO 101LBio I: Cells Lab0
MAT 118Introduction to Statistics3

GEP Electives

Eleven courses

Major Requirements

IHS Core Requirements
IHS 110Intro Health Prof Practice3
IHS 211Health Care Systems3
IHS 323Health and Society3
IHS 331Health Studies Research3
IHS 495Seminar in Health Studies3
BIO 102/102LBio II: Genetics4
Area Studies Courses
Select five courses. At least TWO courses must be from Health Studies.
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
Soc Determinants Mental Health
Health Information Technology
Health of School Aged Children
Healthcare Law and Ethics
Health Policy
Nutrition: Health & Disease
Health of the Aging Adult
Med Terminology & Health Comm
DyingWell:The Hospice Movement
Foundations of Kinesiology
Diversity Ldrship in Hlth Care
Health Program Planning
Animal Therapy
Just Hlth Care Dev Nations
Special Topics: Health Studies
Complementary & Alt Med
Public Health & Epidemiology
Internship in Health Studies
Independent Study
Independent Study
Special Topics/ Com&Digi Media
The Economics of Healthcare
Hospital Stories
Topics in Linguistics
Psychological Disorders
Health Psychology
Drugs, the Brain, & Behavior
Mental Health & Society
Theology of Disability
Bio III: Organismic Biology
Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth I
Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth II
Microbio Nurse/Allied Health
Comparative Anatomy
Systemic Physiology
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry Lab I
Organic Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry Lab II