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Health Society & Policy


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Program Description

The Health, Society and Policy (HSP) Program addresses the multidimensional character of human health. Health status may be related to factors beyond pathogens or illness: lifestyle, environmental exposures, socioeconomic status, cultural affiliation, poor communication, low compliance with medical instructions, or access to health services can all contribute to an individual’s health. Students in this program are given the broad, interdisciplinary foundation for understanding health, allowing them to sensitively and effectively address health care issues in multidimensional contexts: for example, the geographic location, literacy, or socioeconomic status of an individual might impact their ability to access or obtain healthcare or eat a healthy diet. HSP students take courses from a variety of fields, including epidemiology, behavioral sciences, research methods and quantitative skills, administration, philosophy, and history. This coursework provides students with a coherent perspective on health care in its various social and administrative contexts. The culminating experience of the program is a capstone, delivered as an interdisciplinary series of seminars on a particular theme related to the major.

The Student Experience

To enrich your HSP studies, consider completing a health-related internship in a field and function of your choosing. You can also get involved directly with the program by joining the Health, Society, and Policy Student Advisory Committee.

Career Opportunities

The HSP major prepares students for a diverse set of careers, including health administration, health professions, and health policy. U alumni have found work as medical assistants and project managers for hospitals and clinics, or as outreach program coordinators for nonprofits (like the Peace Corps). You can also work for your local or federal government as a health educator or policy writer. With additional education at the graduate level, students can become therapists, counselors, professors, or researchers.

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Exploratory Classes

  • HSP 1001 - Intro to Health, Society & Policy
  • NUTR 1020 - Scientific Foundations of Human Nutrition & Health
  • PHIL 3520 - Bioethics
Last Updated: 3/26/19