Outcomes for the Health Sciences Major
Upon satisfactory completion of the Health Sciences Program, Graduates should be able to:
Apply knowledge of the basic sciences.
- Utilize knowledge of the principles and processes of the basic sciences and the scientific method in their completion of basic science courses, co-op and other experiential learning, and post-baccalaureate job placement and graduate program admission.
Understand and analyze the U.S. health care system.
- Describe and assess basic components of the U.S. healthcare system, including care delivery, financing, quality, and management challenges.
- Apply this knowledge to issues of healthcare access, quality, and health disparities
- Utilize this information in their co-op and other experiential learning opportunities. Use basic public health principles.
- Understand the multiple determinants of health, public health principles, and the core functions of public health, including the roles of federal, state and local governments.
- Identify and analyze racial, ethnic, class and other health disparities, their origins, and their remediation, particularly as related to urban health.
- Critically analyze and evaluate multiple viewpoints and strategies regarding public health challenges
- Describe the role and impact of public policies, including laws, regulation, and litigation on both individual and population health.
Apply research methods and analytic strategies.
- Describe the biostatistical, research design, and program evaluation skills essential to public health and the basic principles of clinical and health services research.
- Characterize how epidemiologic and other public health analytic methods both quantitative and qualitative are used to safeguard the population’s health.
- Use appropriate data to assess the well-being of a community and describe the tenets of effective community-based participatory research.
Communicate health information effectively and appropriately
- Communicate clearly and persuasively through interpersonal, organizational and global channels, both orally and in writing.
- Communicate effectively and appropriately current health-related ideas, arguments, and conclusions to a wide range of audiences, from providers, patients, families, caregivers to communities via public health campaigns
- Utilize both traditional and new media as individuals and members of inter-professional health care teams.
Appreciate the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in population health, including health care professionals, community members, health departments and institutions.
- Explain the perspectives of diverse professions on public health, individual health, and health care delivery
- Demonstrate their ability to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches and teamwork for improving population health through successful team-based coursework and experiential learning.
Utilize global perspectives.
- Examine and understand the implications of critical health and public health issues confronting the United States and other countries the lens of global risks and opportunities.
- Identify political, economic, and other factors affecting public health globally and the strategies required for change and improvement.
- Discuss international efforts to improve health and deliver health care services and will be able to incorporate an understanding of the relationship between human rights and health.