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Health Sciences Plan of Study

Health Sciences Major: Bach Sci | Health Sciences - Health Care Info & Quality Sys Mgt: Concen | Health Sciences - Population Health Care Management: Concen | Health Sciences Major - Support: Bach Sci
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Health Sciences Major: Bach Sci


   Major Courses (44 cr. to be chosen)

      HSC 3450   Evidence-based Practice 2 cr.  Students systematically locate, evaluate, and incorporate evidence-based information to assist clients/patients in making informed decisions. Includes examination of research methods and procedures for the health science professional. Prerequisite: MTH 2350. 
      HSC 3500   Navigating the U.S. Health Care System 3 cr.  Examines current health care policies in the United States. Includes the analysis of how health care policy affects clients and health professionals. Critiques the structure, organization, and financing of the system and how to inform clients about options for care. Case studies provide an opportunity for application of what is learned in the classroom. 
      HSC 3610   Safety Across Health Care Settings 3 cr.  The multifaceted dimensions of health systems which impact safety in a variety of care settings. Students learn to identify areas of risk, assess its severity, and communicate their findings so as to positively impact a culture of quality and safety. Prerequisite: HSC 3500. 
      HSC 3650   Quality and Clinical Transformation 4 cr.  The processes involved in assessing and promoting quality care. Active identification, collection, and reporting of meaningful data so as to influence improvements in health care practice and outcomes. Prerequisite: HSC 3500. 
      HSC 4700   Health Promotion 3 cr.  Examines the context of wellness and health promotion in health care in the United States. Several models and a variety of strategies for effective health promotion and disease prevention are examined. Emphasis is placed on designing and selecting evidence-based interventions to effect social and environmental change in mutual collaboration with individuals and families throughout the lifespan. Prerequisite: PSY 2450. 
      HSC 4900   Professional Role Seminar 2 cr.  Using the first internship experience, students apply principles of professional values, ethics, communication, and professional relationships. Students explore concepts in teamwork, leadership, ethical practice, social justice, and professional communication in the context of their field experience. Prerequisite: permission of department. Corequisite: HSC 4930. 
      HSC 4930   Internship in Health Sciences I 3 cr.  An initial field experience to allow students to gain professionally supervised, practical experience in a health care or community service setting appropriate for his/her area of concentration. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of health care roles and practices, the network of resources and services, the health care information systems, and the coordination required for care transitions. Prerequisite: permission of department. Corequisite: HSC 4900. 
      HSC 4940   Internship in Health Sciences II 3 cr.  A field experience in a second health care setting or community service setting appropriate for the student's area of concentration, providing a different level of care or practice, to allow students to gain professionally supervised, practical experience. Students acquire knowledge and understanding of health care roles and practices, the network of resources and services, the health care information systems, and the coordination required for care transitions. Prerequisite: permission of department. Corequisite: HSC 4950 or HSC 4960. 
      MIS 3350   Health Care Informatics 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Introducing applications of informatics systems to health care practitioners. Health care informatics issues covering hardware, software, databases, communications applications, computer developments, and associated legal and ethical issues are explored. How health care providers can assess, develop, and use information systems to work more efficiently, allocate resources more effectively, and improve client care. Hands-on experiences with industry standard software are required of those registered for 3 cr. 
      MTE 1010   Medical Terminology 2 cr.  Development of medical vocabulary with emphasis on anatomical terms, diseases, symptoms, treatments, and acceptable medical abbreviations. 

      Concentration Option (16 cr. to be chosen)

Health Sciences - Health Care Info & Quality Sys Mgt: Concen    

   Concentration Courses (16 cr. to be chosen)

      MGT 3160   Human Behavior and Leadership 2 cr.  Leadership and its relationship to theory, style, time management, problem solving, personal power, team building, and self assessment. Self-assessment instruments, discussion, films, case studies, in-basket exercise, leaderless group problem-solving exercises, peer interview, assessments, and team development are integrated to provide a better understanding of leadership and of human behavior as it relates to leadership. 
      MIS 2400   Introduction to Management Information Systems 3 cr.  The value of information technology to business and the contribution technology can make to the strategic goals of an organization. Technical foundation concepts such as networks, hardware, and software. Case studies are used to illustrate concepts. Hands-on exercises using industry-standard software are included. 
      MIS 2700   Systems Analysis and Design 3 cr.  An overview of the concepts, skills, methodologies, and tools necessary for systems analysts to successfully develop information systems. The systems development life cycle is examined within the context of business applications. Students learn to translate business requirements into information systems that support business objectives. Hands-on experience with industry standard software. Prerequisite: MIS 2400. 
      MIS 3470   Health Care Data Analytics 3 cr.  The intersection of clinical informatics, data analytics, and population health informatics. Data mining and visualization tools used to discover meaning from datasets to guide the improvement of health outcomes and current clinical practice standards. Prerequisite: MIS 2400; prerequisite or corequisite: MIS 2700. 
      MIS 3700   Information Systems Project Management 3 cr.  Study of the strategies and tools useful in the management of information systems projects. The processes and issues involved in formulating a project, including development of scope, design options, integration with other projects, and development of project plans. The effects of staffing, budget, schedule, and risk management on the project’s outcomes. Examples highlight the hands-on skills and solutions required. Industry standard software is used to implement case study solutions. Prerequisites: MGT 2360 and MIS 2700. 
      HSC 4960   Senior Seminar 2 cr.  An in-depth examination and synthesis of the theoretical concepts, controversial issues, and trends in the Health Sciences major. Students present final projects that demonstrate integrated knowledge of the major and their achievement of program outcomes. Prerequisite: permission of department. Corequisite: HSC 4940. (To be taken in the student's last semester). 
Health Sciences - Population Health Care Management: Concen    

   Concentration Courses (17 cr. to be chosen)

      AGE 2300   Programs and Services for Older Adults 3 cr.  Focus on the continuum of care. Lectures by practitioners in gerontology on the range of programs, services, and resources available for older adults and family caregivers. 
      AGE 3900   Care Management for Older Adults 3 cr.  The theory and practice of care management. Content includes the five core functions, development of comprehensive care plans, monitoring of the client's progress toward achieving intervention goals, and discussion of ethical practice standards. The role of diversity, client rights, and professional values in the practice of care management also addressed. 
      HSP 3500   Spiritual & Ethical Considerations in Palliative/End-of-Life Care 3 cr.  Examines dying as potentially the last stage of human development and spiritual growth. Explores spirituality and enhances religious literacy through identification of the salient beliefs and practices regarding illness, dying, death, and burial rituals of major world religions. Discusses choices at end of life with advanced care planning and applies ethical theories, principles, and steps that guide decision making for individuals, families, and caregivers in Palliative/End-of-Life (EOL) care. 

      NFS 3380/PSY 3100 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

         NFS 3380   Nutrition Education and Counseling 3 cr.  Designing instructional units and materials for teaching nutrition and health principles to children and adults. Counseling theories, motivational interviewing, and behavior modification are covered. Prerequisite: NFS 2220 or NFS 2270. 
         PSY 3100   Health Psychology 3 cr.  Study of the theory and research on the intersection between mind and body: stress, depression, and physical illness; the psychological impact of illness; empirically supported ways to change habits, such as smoking, overeating, or reluctance to exercise; effective coping mechanisms; placebo effects; mindfulness and relaxation techniques; the impact of class and culture on health, and psychological interventions for pain. Useful for students in health care disciplines and in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      SOC 3620   Society and Health: Sociological Perspectives 3 cr.  Individual and group responses to the meaning of the sick role and well-being, provider-patient relationships, structure of health care organizations, and issues of inequality within health care institutions. Topics include the effects of age, race, gender and socioeconomic status on health and wellness; the interrelationships between healers, patients and social institutions. Topics are examined through the sociological perspectives of conflict theory, functionalism, and symbolic interactionism. 
      HSC 4950   Senior Seminar 2 cr.  An in-depth examination and synthesis of the theoretical concepts, controversial issues, and trends in the Health Sciences major. Students present final projects that demonstrate integrated knowledge of the major and their achievement of program outcomes. Prerequisite: permission of department. Corequisite: HSC 4940. (To be taken in the student’s last semester). 
Health Sciences Major - Support: Bach Sci    

   Support Courses (32 cr. to be chosen)

      BIO 2450   Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr.  Study of anatomical terminology, the cell, the sense organs, and the structure and function of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: one year each of high school biology and chemistry. 
      BIO 2460   Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr.  Study of circulation, respiration, digestion, excretion, reproduction and development, fluids and electrolytes, and acid-base balance. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2450. 
      COM 2120   Interpersonal Communication 3 cr.  Analysis of communications skills vital to personal and professional success. Examines the role of communication in interpersonal relationships from their inception through termination. Specific areas of focus include: listening, non-verbal behavior, empathy, assertiveness, relationship development, and conflict resolution skills. 
      MTH 2350   Probability and Statistics 4 cr.  Topics include data collection and graphic presentation; measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; normal and binomial distributions; regression and correlation; sampling methods; design of experiments; probability and simulation; sampling distributions; statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one-sample and two- sample problems; chi-square distribution and test of significance; ANOVA. Prerequisite: two years of high school algebra within the last three years, or placement test, or MTH 1040. 
      NFS 2220   General Nutrition for the Health Professional 2 cr.  A study of nutrients in foods and their involvement in the function of human body systems. Health and nutrition throughout the lifespan is discussed. May not be used toward the Dietetics major or the majors or minor in Nutrition and Food Science. 
      NFS 2230   Therapeutic Nutrition for the Health Professional 2 cr.  The application of basic nutrition knowledge to diet modification as a preventative or therapeutic aid in specific disease states is discussed. Prerequisites: NFS 2220 or equivalent, and approval of advisor. 
      PSY 1010   General Psychology 3 cr.  Describes the major systems, central issues and historical development of modern psychology. Introduces basic principles in sensation, perception, cognition, learning, memory, language, emotion, motivation, personality organization, and social process. 
      PSY 2450   Life-Span Developmental Psychology 4 cr.  Study of the maturational and experiential influences on physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and personality development of the individual, from the prenatal period through late adulthood. Developmental tasks and theories of developmental change related to life stages. Prerequisite: PSY 1010. 
      RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Course is a study of moral issues and the ethical implications of human acts and values from a Christian perspective. 
      SOC 1020   Introduction to Sociology 3 cr.  Foundations and principles of social order, social control, social institutions, and social life in America and other cultures. Focus on how people’s conditions, character, and life chances are influenced by organizations and institutions. Emphasis on critical thinking about practices and beliefs in a variety of social contexts. 
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