Health Professions Advising Center

Health Care Studies Minor

The Health Care Studies minor is designed for students from any major who have an interest in pursuing a career in one of the health care fields. Students will learn important aspects of the health professions including appropriate terminology and the foundational elements of professionalism in the health care setting. Students will also gain an understanding of basic biological and medical principles related to human health and disease, the fundamental aspects of the history or philosophy of health care, and psychological, social, or economic issues associated with health care or the health care system in America.

This minor is well suited for traditional pre-health students (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry) as well as those interested in allied health fields (physical therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical nutrition, etc.), public health, clinical psychology, and counseling.

18 credit hours required, 12 credit hours of which must be upper level courses. No courses used to fulfill requirements of a major may be used.

I. Health Career Development Foundations

The following courses are required:

  • Pre-Health Career Exploration (HLTH 1100)
  • Pre-Health Professional Development (HLTH 3100)
  • Medical Terminology (HLTH 3101)
  • Health Care Internship (HLTH 4v01) – 1 to 3 cr hrs

II. Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations

At least one of the following courses:

  • Medical Ethics (PHIL 4380)
  • Philosophy of Medicine (PHIL 4380)
  • History & Philosophy of Science/Medicine (HIST 3328)
  • Law and Medicine (GOVT 4365)

III. Biological Foundations

At least one of the following courses:

  • Principles of Human Nutrition (HLTH 1322)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 3455)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 3456)
  • Exercise Physiology (BIOL 3370)
  • Neuroanatomy (NSC 4366)
  • Neurophysiology (NSC 4356)
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech/Hearing (NSC 3344)
  • Bones, Bodies and Disease (ISGS 4308)
  • Human Female: Biology and Culture (ISGS 4306)

IV. Psychological, Social, and Economic Foundations

At least one of the following courses:

  • Health and Illness (SOC 4372)
  • Mental Health and Illness (SOC 4371)
  • Child Development (PSY 3310)
  • Health Psychology (PSY 4328)
  • Lifespan Development (PSY 4334)
  • Human Sexuality (PSY 4346)
  • Spatial Dimensions of Health and Disease (SOC 3357)
  • Economics of Health (ECO 3330)
  • Medical Spanish (SPAN 3341)