Health Sciences

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Department of Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences offers the following programs in health: Bachelor of Science in Health Education, which combined with an optional minor in Education, can lead to initial licensure certification; Bachelor of Science in Public Health; and a dual-degree Bachelor of Science in Public Health followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University.

Major courses provide basic knowledge and basic practice skills that prepare students to pursue careers in a variety of health related professions. Membership in a national health honor society, Eta Sigma Gamma, is available to students who maintain a minimum 3.0 average.

All health courses in the majors, minors, and concentration require a minimum grade of C/2.0. Courses may not be taken pass/fail; courses may be repeated. Required ancillary courses must average an overall minimum of 2.0. In the Public Health/Pre-Nursing program each course must receive a minimum grade of C.

Students in this department may major or minor in health sciences. No student may do both.

Health Sciences graduates are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam (CHES) administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialling (NCHEC).



Laura Bothwell, Assistant Professor (2017), B.A., The College of St. Scholastica; M.A., Union Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Mariana Cecilia Calle, Associate Professor (2012), B.S. University of Buenos Aires Argentina; M.S.,Ph.D. University of Connecticut

Syamak Moattari, Department Chair, Assistant Professor (2015), M.D. Shahid Beheshti Medical University; Dr.PH Boston University

Andrew J. Piazza, Assistant Professor (2017), B.S., M.S., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Alabama

Jaime F. Vallejos, Assistant Professor (2017), B.S., M.D., University of Nicaragua; M.P.H., University of Massachusetts Amherst



HC-201 Introduction to Public Health

This course is an overview and will focus on populations, prevention, and the evidence-based practice of public health.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-202 Introduction to Global Health

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, ICW

This course is an overview and will focus on the developing world from a population and prevention perspective.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-203 Introduction to Epidemiology

LASC Categories: ICW, NSP, QAC, GP

Prerequisites: any Math course and HC-201.

Basic epidemiologic concepts are covered and application of concepts to everyday problems; e.g., hazards in food supplies and risks associated with lifestyle.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-220 Health Policy

Prerequisites: HE-100

Examination of the process and factors that influence formulation, implementation and modification of health policy in the United States.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-228 Health Ethics

Prerequisites: HE-100 or HC-201

Ethical issues in health including genetic research, euthanasia, medical intervention and reproductive technologies as well as professional ethics.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-234 Multiculturalism and Health

Examination of diverse ethnic/racial and cultural beliefs beliefs and practices affecting health and illness

Spring only and every year. 3 Credits

HC-338 Peer Education Training

Prerequisites: HE-100

Emphasis on student development of practical skills to implement programming centered on peer education programs and focused on preventative health.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

HC-340 Global Perspective in Public Health

LASC Categories: GP, ICW

Seminar course for students accepted into a global service learning trip during the academic year. It is designed to prepare students through curriculum-based learning, the components of service learning; ethical partnering with vulnerable communities, and the cultural/historical/political and economic factors that impact health and healthcare policies within the population where immersion takes places. There will be self-reflection and integration of learning through journal writing, critical thinking and exercises formal preparation for service in the host country and final paper at the end of the semester.

Other or on demand and every year. 3 Credits

HC-350 Group Process

Prerequisites: HE-100

A didactic and experiential examination of various theories of group dynamics and their application to the facilitation of health-related groups. Research paper.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-403 Department Workshop:Community Health

The subject matter of this course will be reflective of the changing issues within the field of community health.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

HC-408 Directed Study: Public Health

Directed study offers students who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

HC-415 Commnity Health Planning and Promotion

Prerequisites: 4 courses in the major at 200 level or above.

Emphasis on community analysis; defining and verifying community health problems and establishing goals and objectives. Research paper.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HC-425 Research Seminar

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

Prerequisites: HC-228 or PH-131, HC 203 and one of the following MA-150, PS-275 or SO-275.

Students will be required to produce a proposal for a research study based on a community public health issue.

Every year. 3 Credits

HC-445 Pre-Practicum Seminar

Prerequisites or Corequisite: HC-415

Discussion of career opportunities in the health education/public health field, professional development, and graduate coursework in the health sciences field. This optional class should be taken the semester before registering for the practicum.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1 Credit

HC-450 Practicum: Community Health

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

Prerequisites: 24 credits in HE/HC courses and EN-102

Field experience in which students will select a community health speciality area and spend a semester pursuing their goal through participation. See HE 440 Practicum in Health.

Every year. 3-6 Credits

HE-100 Personal Health

LASC Categories: ICW

Physical, mental, and emotional aspects of well-being and how to maintain and increase the quality of one's lifestyle.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-120 Health and Nutrition

LASC Categories: ICW

Nutritional needs, weight control, healthy diets, myths, and nutritional aids to better health.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-140 Creative Arts and Health

LASC Categories: CA

An experiential and didactic introduction to the separate arts therapies: movement, art, music and language arts, emphasizing the creative process.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-150 Health and Physical Education for the Teacher

The planning, development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive health education programs.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-170 Humans in Motion

Concepts of the human neuro-musculoskeletal system which provide function and health across the life span under normal and stress conditions.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-193 First Year Seminar Health

LASC Categories: FYS

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

3 Credits

HE-200 Consumer Health

Current information and guidelines to reliable sources necessary to develop intelligent consumers capable of wisely selecting health products and services.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-210 Women's Health Issues

Overview of women's health issues: women in the health marketplace, a woman's right to control her body, media images and illness, eating disorders, therapy, alcohol, aging and the women's health movement.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-220 Mental Health Education

LASC Categories: HBS, ICW

Prerequisites: HE-100

Examination of mental health as a variable: its creation and the obstacles to good mental health and positive self-concept.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-230 Human Sexuality and Sex Education

Prerequisites: HE-100

Focus on the need for and understanding of sex education, along with the process of implementing sexuality education, with emphasis upon teacher preparation.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-240 Writing and Learning From Experience I

LASC Categories: WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 and instructor permission

Prepares students to write analytically about their experience and to apply their learning to courses and competencies in the major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-242 Writing and Learning From Experience II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: HE-240 and Instructor permission

Integrating experiential essays inot longer narratives, developing themes and conceptual frameworks; applying experiential learning to courses, competencies in the major.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-260 First Aid: Advanced Theory and Skill

Common emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, auto extraction, and emergency childbirth. Opportunity for instructor rating.

Fall and Spring and other or on demand. 3 Credits

HE-275 Fitness for Life

Prerequisites: HE-120

Knowledge of health-related fitness components and their effect on total wellness; emphasis on developing personalized fitness program, namely cardiovascular endurance.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-280 Individual Stress Management and Relaxation

Strategies and techniques for increasing stress resistance based on psychophysiological research.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-285 Drugs and Society

Drug use and abuse, and implications for the individual and society.

Fall only and every year. 3 Credits

HE-340 Health Counseling

Prerequisites: PS 101

A study of the counseling implications involved in health. Awareness of the counseling process and referral.

Other or on demand. 3 Credits

HE-350 Community Health Education

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, ICW

Prerequisites: HE-100

Opportunity for exploration of on-going community health education programs, and their impact upon that community. Prerequisite: Advanced standing

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-390 Environmental Health

Prerequisites: HE-100 or HC-201

Examination of the issues affecting the environment and their impact on our health.

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-400 Special Topics

LASC Categories: ICW

Current issues in Health.

Every year. 3 Credits

HE-408 Directed Study: Health

Directed study offers students, who because of unusual circumstances may be unable to register for a course when offered, the opportunity to complete an existing course with an established syllabus under the direction and with agreement from a faculty member.

3 Credits

HE-440 Practicum in Health

LASC Categories: CAP, WAC

A field experience option required of all Health Studies majors. Prerequisite: Advanced standing

Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits

HE-450 Independent Study in Health

Creative, independent learning experiences designed and initiated by the health majors.

Fall and Spring and every year. 1-6 Credits