Health Studies

The minor in health studies will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the complex issues related to the current and future environment of contemporary health care. This minor is appropriate for:

  1. Any university student who seeks to learn more about health care and health care delivery as a current/future consumer.
  2. Pre-health students who will become future health professionals and must have a broad and more integrative background for the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the field.
  3. Non pre-health students who can become more educated about healthcare and, thus, become more competitive and better prepared to enter one of the countless professional fields that connect to the environment of contemporary health care.
  4. Empowered health consumers and advocates for family and friends in future health care interactions.

This minor is not recommended for nursing students who already have a curriculum steeped in content on healthcare and healthcare delivery. 

HS 0101 Introduction to Health Studies3 Credits

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the evolution of healthcare in America. The course will apply a social science lens to the assessment of various healthcare co-cultures, including: providers, patients, and insurers. The impact of technology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices on patient longevity, wellness, and disease management will be explored. In addition, the dialectical tensions created by acute care/disease-focused vs. quality-of-life/wellness-centric healthcare delivery models will be examined. The evolving economic burdens of: an aging population, uninsured Americans, expanding technology, provider specialization, and fewer healthcare gatekeepers on the U.S. healthcare system will also be assessed.

HS 0200 Health Communication for Healthcare Professionals3 Credits

Attributes: HSSS Health Studies: Social Science

Prerequisite: Juniors or senior standing.

This course will examine the processes and complexities of health communication with an applied focus. The primary purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the methods and symbols used to communicate information about health. The course will evaluate and explore the multidimensional processes used to create, maintain, and transform complex scientific realities into everyday healthcare information for providers, patients, families, etc. In addition, students are required to do 20 hours of service learning at the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT. Open only to Nursing majors and Health Studies minors. Previously CO 0248H.

HS 0399 Health Studies Capstone3 Credits

Prerequisites: HS 0101; completion of at least two health studies electives.

The Health Studies Capstone allows the student to integrate and reflect on the wealth of information learned in HS 0101 and the three elective courses in the minor. Students will undertake an independent research project in some area of Health Studies, and through discussions with the professor and other students, dissect and analyze their theme from a broad range of perspectives. The project will culminate with both a written paper, and an oral or poster presentation at the annual Health Studies symposium in the spring. Enrollment by permission only.


Church (Biology)

Steering Committee

Aksan (Economics)
Farrell (Modern Languages and Literatures)
Giapponi (Marketing)
McClure (Psychology)
O’Shea (Nursing)
Pagano (Communication)
Phelan (Biology)
Walker (Biology)