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Health Studies

Health Studies Courses

HLTH 011. What Does It Mean to be Healthy? 1 Unit.

This course discusses health from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences. Students will be introduced to the critical perspectives necessary to view health as a state of equilibrium between an individual and the social, political, and economic environment, rather than simply freedom from disease or pathology. The important roles of social services, health leadership and health policy and governance will be emphasized. Students also develop an academic plan while learning about University resources and opportunities to help ensure successful academic work.

HLTH 089. Health Studies Practicum. 2 Units.

This course provides an opportunity for students to observe an area of career interest within the health field. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities relevant to planned career and/or graduate school goals, such as health policy and law, health leadership, and social services.

HLTH 093. Special Topics. 1-4 Units.

HLTH 189. Health Studies Internship. 2 Units.

This course facilitates the development of job/career experience through an internship in an area of career interest within the health field. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities relevant to planned career and/or graduate school goals, such as health policy and law, health leadership, and social services.

Critical Thinking, Major Field Competence, Intercultural/Global Perspectives

  • Explain how functions and characteristics of laws, policies, systems, organizations, inter-personal relationships, and individual health behaviors affect the health of both individuals and communities
  • Identify and address power dynamics related to culture, ethics, race, gender, and place that create health disparities

Ethical Reasoning, Major Field Competence

  • Apply ethical frameworks associated with health and prevention

Information Literacy, Major Field Competence

  • Use sources of health data to inform critical thinking and action

Written/Oral Communication, Major Field Competence

  • Communicate effectively in a professional environment, using written and oral expression

Health Studies Faculty

Sarah M. Mathis, Program Director, 2008, BS, Principia College, 1997; MA, University of Notre Dame, 1999; PhD, Emory University, 2008.