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2012-2014 COURSE CATALOGUE : HEALTH PROFESSIONS

This is an interdisciplinary minor for students preparing for professional or graduate training in a health care specialty. The minor is particularly suited for students majoring in a natural science (such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics) who wish to take a suite of interdisciplinary courses that will provide them with perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on health care and related topics. In addition, students can take some courses for the minor that will provide them with useful skills or experiences for practicing medicine in a professional setting.

Faculty members of the Health Professions Minor Steering Committee oversee the minor program, advise students, and approve declaration and audit forms for individual students. The Health Professions Advisory Committee Chair acts as the program coordinator and approves all minor declarations and audits.

The Goals of the minor:

  • Enable the participants to study important issues of health care in the United States and abroad.
  • Allow the participants to gain auxiliary skills vital to health professionals in the 21st century.
  • Allow the participants to improve communication skills and to consider ethical foundations essential for health professionals.

Students minoring in health professions must complete:

  • Six total courses / experiences, all of which must be unique to the minor.
  • No more than two 100-level courses.
  • At least one Foundations Course.
  • A Concentration of at least three courses.  The courses within the Concentration of choice must come from at least two different disciplines.
    • Students may choose from one of the concentration areas listed below, or
    • Students may develop a concentration, collaborating with their minor advisor to define the concentration and select appropriate courses.

Special attention should be paid to completing some of the formal coursework in both the humanities and social sciences; the minor should be diverse with courses from several different disciplines.  Students  may also wish to include up to two of the Skills Courses / Experiences listed below.

Foundations Courses – must complete one, no more than two may be used for the minor:
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (offered every semester)
PHIL 156 Biomedical Ethics (offered 3 out of every 4 semesters)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (offered every semester)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (offered every semester)
WMST 100 Intro to Women’s Studies (offered every semester)

Skills Courses /Experiences – optional; no more than two may be used for the minor:
An HWS-sponsored Clinical Internship (minimum of 50 hours) or EMT certification
HCP 450 An appropriate Independent Study approved by HPAC
SPAN 102, 121, 122, 203, 204 (any of these listed Spanish language courses may be counted on its own; a second Spanish language course can be counted, but must be at the 200-level)**
WRRH 351 The Science Beat (offered alternate years)
** If your career plans in health care make another language desirable, two courses in a language other than Spanish can be incorporated into the minor with permission of your minor adviser and the program Chair.  You should get permission BEFORE you embark on any language other than Spanish.

Concentrations – students must complete at least three courses in one concentration.  The courses within the concentration of choice must come from at least two different disciplines (for example, ECON and SOC, or ECON and WMST, but not solely ECON).

A. Health Care Policy (9.5 courses offered per year)
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes (offered alternate years)
BIDS (SOC) 295 Alcohol Use and Abuse (offered occasionally)
ECON 122 Economics of Caring (offered every fall)
ECON 160 Principles of Economics (offered every semester)
ECON 248 Poverty & Welfare (offered alternate years)
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 313)
MDSC 307 Medicine and Society (offered every 2 to 3 years)
PHIL 315 Social Justice (offered at least in alternate years)
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations (offered annually)
SOC 224 Social Deviance (offered annually)
SOC 225 Sociology of Family (offered alternate years)
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender (offered alternate years)
SOC 241 Sociology of Sport (offered occasionally)
WMST 204 Politics of Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 362)
WMST 211 Place and Health (no longer offered)
WMST 220 The Body Politic (offered occasionally)
WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health (offered occasionally)
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 204)

B. Mind & Body (10.5 courses offered per year)
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity (offered alternate years)
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective (offered annually)
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies (offered alternate years)
BIDS (SOC) 295 Alcohol Use and Abuse (offered occasionally)
DAN 225 Anatomy and Kinesiology (alternate years)
DAN 305 Somatics (offered alternate years)
HIST 313 Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 325)
HIST 321 The Evolution of Human Emotion (offered every spring)
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 313)
HIST 371 Life-Cycles in History (offered every fall)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
MDSC 307 Medicine and Society (offered every 2 to 3 years)
PSY 203 Introduction to Child Psychology & Human Development (EDUC 202 Human Growth & Development may be substituted for PSY 203) (offered annually)
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology (offered annually)
PSY 221 Introduction to Psychopathology (offered annually)
PSY 245 Cross-Cultural Psychology (offered annually)
REL 213 Death & Dying (offered annually)
REL 260 Religion and Philosophy from a Global Perspective (offered alternate years)
WMST 220 The Body Politic (offered occasionally)
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 204)

C.  Health and Social Justice (8 courses offered per year)
Required Foundations course: PHIL 156 Biomedical Ethics (offered 3 out of every 4 semesters)
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity (offered alternate years)
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective (offered annually)
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies (offered alternate years)
ENG 115 Stories of Illness and Healing (offered only in Spring, 2013)
ENG 213 19th Century American Literature and Women Healers (no longer offered)
ENG 328 Health & Social Justice (offered only in Spring, 2013)
ENG 372 Cultures of Medicine (no longer offered)
HIST 321 The Evolution of Human Emotion (offered every spring)
HIST 371 Life-Cycles in History (offered every fall)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
MDSC 307 Medicine and Society (offered every 2 to 3 years)
PHIL 157 Multicultural Ethics (offered alternate years)
PHIL 234 What Should I Do? Possible Answers (offered occasionally)
PHIL 235 Morality & Self-Interest (offered at least in alternate years)
PHIL 315 Social Justice (offered at least in alternate years)
REL 213 Death & Dying (offered annually)
REL 260 Religion and Philosophy from a Global Perspective (offered alternate years)
WMST 204 Politics of Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 362)
WMST 220 The Body Politic (offered occasionally)
WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health (offered occasionally)
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 204)

D. Social Determinants of Health and Behavior (16.5 courses offered per year)
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes (offered alternate years)
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity (offered alternate years)
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective (offered annually)
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies (offered alternate years)
BIDS (SOC) 295 Alcohol Use and Abuse (offered occasionally)
ECON 122 Economics of Caring (offered every fall)
ECON 160 Principles of Economics (offered every semester)
ECON 248 Poverty & Welfare (offered alternate years)
HIST 151 Food Systems in History (offered every semester)
HIST 313 Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 325)
HIST 321 The Evolution of Human Emotion (offered every spring)
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 313)
HIST 371 Life-Cycles in History (offered every fall)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
MDSC 307 Medicine and Society (offered every 2 to 3 years)
PSY 245 Cross-Cultural Psychology (offered annually)
REL 213 Death & Dying (offered annually)
REL 260 Religion and Philosophy from a Global Perspective (offered alternate years)
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations (offered annually)
SOC 224 Social Deviance (offered annually)
SOC 225 Sociology of Family (offered alternate years)
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender (offered alternate years)
SOC 241 Sociology of Sport (offered occasionally)
WMST 204 Politics of Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 362)
WMST 211 Place and Health (no longer offered)
WMST 220 The Body Politic (offered occasionally)
WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health (offered occasionally)
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 204)

E. Health Humanities (8 courses offered per year)
DAN 225 Anatomy and Kinesiology (alternate years)
DAN 305 Somatics (offered alternate years)
ENG 115 Stories of Illness and Healing (offered only in Spring, 2013)
ENG 213 19th Century American Literature and Women Healers (no longer offered)
ENG 328 Health & Social Justice (offered only in Spring, 2013)
ENG 372 Cultures of Medicine  (no longer offered)
HIST 151 Food Systems in History (offered every semester)
HIST 313 Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 325)
HIST 321 The Evolution of Human Emotion (offered every spring)
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 313)
HIST 371 Life-Cycles in History (offered every fall)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
MDSC 307 Medicine and Society (offered every 2 to 3 years)
PHIL 157 Multicultural Ethics (offered alternate years)
PHIL 234 What Should I Do? Possible Answers (offered occasionally)
PHIL 235 Morality & Self-Interest (offered at least in alternate years)
PHIL 315 Social Justice (offered at least in alternate years)
REL 213 Death & Dying (offered annually)
REL 260 Religion and Philosophy from a Global Perspective (offered alternate years)

F. Global Health (8 courses offered per year)
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity (offered alternate years)
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective (offered annually)
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies (offered alternate years)
ECON 248 Poverty & Welfare (offered alternate years)
ENG 328 Health & Social Justice (offered only in Spring, 2013)
ENG 372 Cultures of Medicine  (no longer offered)
HIST 151 Food Systems in History (offered every semester)
HIST 313 Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 325)
HIST 321 The Evolution of Human Emotion (offered every spring)
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe (offered in fall semesters alternating with HIST 313)
HIST 371 Life-Cycles in History (offered every fall)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
REL 213 Death & Dying (offered annually)
REL 260 Religion and Philosophy from a Global Perspective (offered alternate years)

G. Difference and Health Inequalities (8 courses offered per year)
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes (offered alternate years)
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity (offered alternate years)
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective (offered annually)
ANTH 341/441 Making Babies (offered alternate years)
ECON 122 Economics of Caring (offered every fall)
ECON 248 Poverty & Welfare (offered alternate years)
ENG 213 19th Century American Literature and Women Healers (no longer offered)
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
PSY 245 Cross-Cultural Psychology (offered annually)
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations (offered annually)
SOC 224 Social Deviance (offered annually)
SOC 225 Sociology of Family (offered alternate years)
SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender (offered alternate years)
WMST 204 Politics of Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 362)
WMST 211 Place and Health (no longer offered)
WMST 220 The Body Politic (offered occasionally)
WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health (offered occasionally)
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health (offered at least in alternate years, alternating with WMST 204)

Selected courses from study abroad programs may also be included in the minor with prior approval by HPAC.  The programs in Galway, Ireland and Copenhagen, Denmark are especially recommended.