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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Health Studies

This 39 credit Health Studies concentration is designed for those who are already health care professionals. To seek the health studies concentration, a student must have completed an accredited program in a health area resulting in a certificate, associate degree, or licensure. The health area program must contain a minimum of 12 credits in the sciences, including labs as appropriate: general biology or human biology, general chemistry or organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology, or general physics.

The focus of the Health Studies concentration is to prepare health care practitioners to function in a dynamic health care environment and to expand on current knowledge and skills. It is designed to provide students with the ability to organize information for communicating clearly with consumers, the community, and members of the health care team. The concentration defines health broadly and holistically. It requires a strong base of health knowledge and a solid understanding of the factors that influence health behaviors.

Concentration Requirements

Anatomy and Physiology* 6-8cr
Microbiology 3-4cr
Health Care Professions 12cr
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Wellness, Communicable Disease  3cr
Public Health Policy: Health Care Delivery Systems, Public Health, Health and Economics, Public Health Policy 3cr
Lifespan Developmental Psychology* 3cr

One of the following: Abnormal Psychology, Medical Sociology, Counseling, Minorities, Diversity, Psychology of Personality, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

3cr
Research Methods 3cr
Capstone 3cr

* Will not satisfy part of the upper division requirements in the concentration.

Prerequisite

General Psychology

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Health Studies will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of core biological and psychological concepts that impact human health;
  2. demonstrate core knowledge of human development and its relationship to health and health behaviors across the lifespan;
  3. utilize a comprehensive and holistic approach in assessing health needs of individuals and populations;
  4. collect, interpret, and evaluate health information in order to contribute to consumer knowledge and health care delivery systems;
  5. integrate and apply appropriate health promotion and disease prevention strategies in a variety of community/health care settings;
  6. analyze influences of public health policy and global health concepts on individuals and health care delivery systems;
  7. interpret different care delivery systems and interdisciplinary roles in the health and wellness; and
  8. employ effective communication and problem-solving skills to improve the health of humans across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.