Health, Society, and Policy is a new interdisciplinary major that focuses on the human and policy side of health and illness. This degree will train students to recognize the many social and cultural determinants of health, and to apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment to evaluate and understand the risks and challenges to health for diverse populations. Students in the program will study the individual's relationship to the communities they belong to, by completing courses about health, health care, and illness in diverse social and cultural contexts. Students will acquire skills in cultural competency in addition to writing, communication, and analysis. We expect our graduates to work in human service fields within the health industry, including community health, health behavior, pastoral care, and public health, which are on trend to being the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry.
Are you interest in Health Issues? Are you considering working in a health field? Do you like to think about issues from more than one perspective? Do you want to make a difference in the world?
This major is perfect for students who are interested in health issues and a career and health but who want to learn about health from a variety of perspectives. The curriculum is interdisciplinary. While students are required to take courses in social sciences, history, and philosophy, they have many options ranging from chemistry and communication to psychology, and Spanish.
The interdisciplinary curriculum develops students’ cultural competencies as it relates to systems of care, by teaching social science research techniques and methods and by promoting a behavioral approach to understanding health. These skills enable graduates to work in human service fields within the health industry, including community health, health behavior, pastoral care, and public health, which are on trend to being the fastest growing fields in the healthcare industry. Furthermore, the curriculum has been designed so that students can satisfy the requirements for entry into a number of graduate and professional programs. Students in our Health, Society, and Policy (HESP) program are prepared for graduate programs in public health, occupational therapy, health-sociology, and other social sciences.