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Susan R. Swedis, Ph.D.

Director of Health Science
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Health Science

Program Overview

The major in Health Science combines a broad science literacy with emphasis on biology and chemistry, with knowledge of particular threats to human health from environmental, occupational, and life-style factors. This preparation builds understanding of the role in human health of communicable diseases, conditions of deprivation or excess, technological hazards, and societal stressors. The advanced student integrates this preparation with a study of individual and community strategies for protecting and enhancing human health. The following are the goals of the Health Science program:

  • Developing academic skills ensuring competency in reading, writing, data analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Providing the foundations for understanding health, disease, and disability within individual, community, and global contexts.
  • Acquiring the technical skills necessary to gather, analyze, describe, and critically report on health, disease, and disability throughout the lifespan.
  • Gaining an appreciation of the interplay between diversity and health and disease.
  • Identifying and analyzing ethical principles and decisions predicated on ethically challenging problems.
  • Being comfortable discussing scientific issues within historical and cultural contexts.

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Minor in Health Science

Students from any major may also choose to earn a Minor in Health Science.  These courses add a depth of understanding to the coursework in many other majors, such as Paramedic Science, Psychology, and Social Work.

 The minor in Health Science includes six courses from the major: four are required, plus two upper level electives (total of 21 credits, including labs).

Required

  • CHM 110 Introductory Chemistry I (4 credits, with lab)
  • BIO 212/213 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (4 credits each, with lab)
  • BIO 130 Nutrition & Health

Electives

  • Two upper level electives from the major, or substitutes with permission. Examples include:
    • BIO 360, Occupational Safety & Health
    • BIO 370, Cancer, the Environment and the Workplace
    • BIO 406, Epidemiology
    • BIO 408, Toxicology

Minor in Public Health

The minor in Public Health builds an appreciation for the complex interaction of local, national and international contributions to the advancement of the cause of public health. Graduates who complete this minor will be prepared to seek related entry-level employment in the field or to pursue post-graduate study in public health. The minor also provides context and depth to several existing majors at Anna Maria, such as Health Science, Psychology, Social Work, Human Services and others.

The goals of the Public Health minor are to help students to:

  1. Gain an appreciation for the factors that contribute to the health of human populations and of the systems in modern human societies that operate to support public health.
  2. Develop skill in accessing and interpreting information about public health.
  3. Build the specialized vocabulary that supports the professional communication requirements of an entry level worker in the field of public health.
  4. Apply the concepts of public health practice to the analysis of case studies that have involved a variety of populations, places, and times.

 

Curriculum Plan

The curriculum plan for the Minor in Public Health is comprised of 6 courses.

Course name and number

  • PHM I History of Public Health
  • BUS 250 Applied Statistics OR other (with permission)
  • BIO 317 Health, Medicine, and Culture
  • SCI 390 Junior Seminar: Career Paths in Health
  • BIO 406 Epidemiology

One elective in an area of emphasis in public health or in analytical methods. Examples include the following courses:

  • BIO 360 Occupational and Env. Health and Safety
  • BIO 370 Cancer, the Environment and Workplace
  • ECO 302 Economics of Healthcare
  • PSY 205/206 Foundations of Addiction I/II
  • EMG 310 Geographic Information Systems
  • BUS 280 Health Administration
  • BUS 327 Data Analytics

Curriculum Map

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Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of the course of study in the Health Sciences major, the student will be able to:

  • Understand that human health represents a complex interaction of biological and chemical processes as modified by an individual’s genetic profile and life experiences
  • Demonstrate a broad basic mastery of human anatomy, physiology and genetics
  • Apply introductory level knowledge of inorganic, organic and biochemistry to the discussion of the processes and issues in human health
  • Discuss key threats to human health from a variety of sources: environmental, dietary, occupational, genetic, parasites, microbes, and psychological and social stressors
  • Use the scientific method to investigate and analyze challenges to human health (formulate hypotheses, design an investigative model, gather and analyze data, and draw conclusions supported by the data)
  • Identify, locate, and obtain reliable information in health science from electronic and print sources
  • Use an active vocabulary of key scientific terminology adequate to support reading, understanding and discussion of health-related scientific literature and technical reports
  • Outline the role of psychological and sociological stressors and supports in human health
  • Integrate scientific, social, and ethical considerations in devising strategies for promoting human health
  • Articulate the values that underpin health promotion: e.g., the valuing of human life, the right to health information and care, and the right to a healthy environment
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish investigative or advocacy goals
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills equal to the demands of an entry-level professional position in health science
  • Count, measure, display and analyze a variety of data types (physical, spatial, temporal)
  • Demonstrate a broad science literacy, especially in biology and chemistry, and to apply that knowledge to issues in human health
  • Describe and evaluate key threats to health from a variety of factors
  • Apply scientific methods to investigate issues in human health
  • Integrate scientific, social, cultural, and values-based considerations in addressing human health issues ranging from the community to the global level
  • Demonstrate multi-modal communication skills equal to the demands of an entry-level professional position in health science or of entry into graduate programs in the field

Pre-Pharmacy Track

Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Pre-pharmacy Track
Students who plan a career in pharmacy will require a doctoral degree from a school of pharmacy. The first step toward that goal is undergraduate study in the sciences that will prepare the student for success in graduate studies to come. Anna Maria College has an articulation agreement with the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT, that allows students to complete a pre-pharmacy program in three years at Anna Maria College and then enter St. Joseph’s for completion of their doctoral degree in pharmacy. Other students may choose to take four years at Anna Maria to prepare for graduate study in pharmacy at St. Joseph or at another school of pharmacy. The Bachelor degree in Health Science, Pre-Pharmacy track, is the correct major to choose at Anna Maria if a student plans to become a pharmacist. Science faculty advisors help students make sure their course of study includes any electives a particular graduate school may require.

The Health Science major provides the courses required to prepare for graduate study in pharmacy, and combines a broad science literacy, include emphasis on biology and chemistry, with knowledge of particular threats to human health from environmental, occupational, and life-style factors. This preparation builds understanding of the role in human health of communicable diseases, conditions of deprivation or excess, technological hazards, and societal stressors. The advanced student integrates this preparation with a study of individual and community strategies for protecting and enhancing human health.

Rationale and Unique Features
One of the fastest growing employment sectors is in the field of health, including pharmacy. A career in this field requires a strong foundation in the sciences along with an understanding of the societal and individual factors that influence health. This program at Anna Maria offers students a way to accelerate their studies while working toward entry into a highly rated school of pharmacy in the region. All Health Science students are guided in their course selection by a faculty advisor selected from among the science professors.

Target Audience
This major attracts students who have a strong interest in pharmacy and have prepared well in high school for further study in science, especially biology and chemistry.

 A student who wants to earn entry into the University of St. Joseph’s pharmacy program in three years must be committed to their studies and be willing to take courses during summer sessions. Students who go on to St. Joseph’s in three years will be awarded their bachelor degree in Health Science from Anna Maria after successful completion of their first year at St. Joseph’s.

 Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree will have:

  • Acquired the basic science literacy needed for entry level work in health science or to prepare for graduate study
  • Learned to use investigative and analytical tools central to health research
  • Developed skills that allow for evaluation of the complex contexts that shape human health
  • The ability to apply values, ethics, and concepts of justice to human health concerns

Click here for a full list of Pre-Pharmacy Program Requirements.

Meet Our Faculty

Therese Gerhardt

Lecturer
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Joan-Beth Gow, Ph.D.

Professor
Health Science
(508) 849-3383

Mark Griffon

Visiting Professor
Health Science

Sang Kim

Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Science
Academic Affairs
(508) 849-3351

Kerriann Marden

Assistant Professor
Health Science
(508) 849-3365

Robert S. Pijewski, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology and Mathematics
Academic Affairs

Susan R. Swedis, Ph.D.

Director of Health Science
Health Science
(508) 849-3382

Enyeneama Udofia

Lecturer
School of Professional Studies