PROGRAM TYPE
On Campus

DEGREES
BS

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Lisa Carpino

Assistant Professor, Director of Health & Community Services
Health & Community Services
(508) 849-3369
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Health & Community Services

Program Overview

A major in Health & Community Services at Anna Maria College is designed to attract students interested in working in the health field in non-clinical roles. With the rapid changes in the delivery of healthcare, graduates from the BS in Health and Community Service will be able to work as an important member of a healthcare team to guide patients through a variety of complex systems such a health plan, hospitals and ambulatory care organizations, health and human services, public health programs and medical practice offices. 

The course of study includes basic health science, illness prevention, utilization, monitoring of appropriate health-care services, health-care policy, communication, sensitivity, and health education. The BS in Health and Community Service will also provide students with an educational background to pursue graduate studies in health care, public administration, and social service fields. Consistent with our mission, this major has a focus on social justice and our overall underlying goal of educating the whole person.

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Minor

Health & Community Service Minor consists of 6 classes (18 credits) was designed for students in other majors interested in acquiring an understanding of how the health field utilizes employees in health advocacy roles. This knowledge may expand the student’s employment opportunities within a health advocacy role.

Requirements: Six courses, 3 Credits each, Total = 18 Credits

  • Medical Terminology
  • Cultural Diversity in Health
  • Patient Advocacy and Outreach
  • Chronic Disease and Compliance
  • Health Informatics and Data Entry
  • Navigating Qualified Health Plans

Health & Community Services Certificate
The Certificate program consists of 4 classes (12 credits) is a stand-alone course of study for employees working in the healthcare field. These courses were chosen to provide the theory and practical knowledge and how to apply in their daily health advocacy roles.

Requirements: 4 Courses, 3 Credits Each, Total = 12 Credits

  • Medical Terminology
  • Cultural Diversity in Health
  • Patient Advocacy and Outreach
  • Elective of Choice (Within Health and Community Services Major)

Program Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Anna Maria College Baccalaureate in Health and Community Service Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Relate the foundations of scientific knowledge including biological and life sciences to the concepts of health and illness.
  • Demonstrate effective care coordination through navigation and advocacy skills to ensure medical and health needs are met.
  • Demonstrate effective use of confident communication and sensitivity skills.
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability skills.
  • Apply the foundations of scientific knowledge including biological and life sciences to the concepts of health and illness, while addressing public health concepts and approaches.
  • Formulate care coordination through navigation and advocacy skills that ensure medical and health needs are met and build community capacity.
  • Document to comply with record keeping that involves manual and electronic records, reporting.
  • Document to comply with HIPAA, privacy and security standards.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and conduct through   communication and sensitivity skills.
  • Demonstrate teamwork, problem-solving and adaptability skills that reflect cultural responsiveness and mediation.

Program Internships or Field Experience Routine Placements

  • Adult Day Care: Shadow Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Recreational Therapists
  • Centers for Disabled Adult and Children: Shadow Nurses, Autism Specialists and Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists
  • Veteran: Shadow Case Managers and Residential Counselors
  • Clinical Trials Placements: Shadow Patient Advocates and Navigators
  • Public Schools: Shadow a Certified Health Teacher, Elementary Schools
  • Boston Hospital’s: Shadow Physician Assistants
  • Health Insurance Companies: Shadow In-Take and Admissions Specialists
  • Medical Billing and Coding: Shadow Medical Billing (Electronic Health Records); Shadowing Emergency Department Patient Coordinator
  • Patient Advocate for Pediatric Health Center: Shadow Child Life Specialist – Pediatric Palliative Care
  • Residential and Respite Care: Shadow Hospital Administrator

Employment Positions Acquired After Graduation

  • Community Outreach Coordinator 
  • Health Insurance Specialist: Specialize in Physician and Hospital Billing/Payment
  • Healthcare Residential Coordinator 
  • Healthcare Compliance Specialist 
  • Respite Counselor 
  • Case Manager 
  • Patient Advocate Specialist Mental Health Specialist

Meet Our Faculty

Lisa Carpino

Assistant Professor, Director of Health & Community Services
Health & Community Services
(508) 849-3369

Susan Claprood-Wagner

Lecturer
Health & Community Services