Undergraduate Advising Office
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
The United States Department of Labor projects that health-related disciplines will be among the 20 fastest growing fields of the 21st century. The Department of Health Studies is positioned to take advantage of these growth trends because of its emphasis on health, wellness and disease prevention, and its commitment to educate and train students to work in health-related careers. The department is dedicated to enhancing the health status and quality of life of the public, including those at greatest risk for chronic and debilitating health problems and poor quality of life associated with disease, injury and disability. Health studies is also committed to the role of play, recreation and leisure experiences as significant contributions to health status, functional capacity and quality of life.
Careers in Health Studies
Employment potential for Health Studies graduates is excellent and is driven by these long-term trends: the aging population, the need for cost-containment in medical care, the importance of disease prevention through environmental and behavioral change related to AIDS, violence, substance abuse and diet, and the recognition that play, recreation and leisure are critical to good health and the quality of life. Depending on the area of specialization, graduates may find employment in physical rehabilitation units, county health departments, in agencies providing adult day-care, mental health, family planning services, and teaching in public schools.
HEALTH STUDIES CORE
Health Studies majors take a set of common theoretical courses designed to promote an understanding of health, wellness and disease prevention. Core course content draws from the social and behavioral sciences, as well as related allied health practices, thereby preparing health studies majors with perspective and flexibility in planning, delivering and evaluating health and therapeutic recreation programs.
*Students may take HS 0351 to complete the Standard First Aid and Personal Safety requirement, or they may take a certification course in First Aid and CPR with the American Red Cross.
Students select an AREA OF STUDY from the following:
Community Health (57 s.h. minimum)
Students in this major work in: voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics and managed care facilities. Students learn how to design educational strategies and interventions to motivate and involve clients/patients, organizations and community leaders, provide health information, carry out population needs assessments, and clarify program goals and objectives.
School Health (52 s.h. minimum)
Completion of this program demonstrates the accomplishment of competencies required to teach in schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, completion of the school health major satisfies the requirements for teaching in several other states. Students who plan to become school health educators can anticipate teaching in a primary or secondary school setting. For this reason, many students develop expertise in a second area. School health educators usually teach content in a curriculum designed for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The idea is to introduce appropriate level content at the life span stages at which students would most benefit from it. The School Health curriculum is designed to guide students in planning the introduction of health topics appropriately at each development stage. The professional education component encompasses approximately 60% of the four-year program, divided among five areas: health science; foundations of health; learning, planning and teaching; research, measurement and evaluation; and interpersonal skills.
Therapeutic Recreation (TR) majors develop an understanding of health and leisure behavior, and learn how to facilitate change in behaviors related to health, well-being, independence and leisure involvement of individuals with illness and disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation is the 12th fastest growing occupation, and is projected to have a 39% increase by the year 2005. By combining classroom learning with hands-on experiences, students are trained to become certified Therapeutic Recreation specialists in clinical, educational and community settings such as: physical rehabilitation hospitals and clinics, mental health agencies, nursing homes adult day care, outdoor community agencies and public recreation departments. Graduates of the Therapeutic Recreation program are eligible to take the national exam to obtain certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
PSY 0131 Developmental Psychology (3 s.h.)
Required Psychology courses (6 s.h.)
PSY C050 Psychology as a Social Science
Related Electives (12 s.h.)
Students participate in two field-based internships, after having completed 200 hours of relevant volunteer experiences, using local and regional health care and human service agencies. HS 0280/Internship I involves 150 hours of field assignment. HS 0380/Internship II is the last course a TR student takes and requires 600 hours under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). All field-based internships are approved and supervised by Therapeutic Recreation faculty. TR STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH OVER 900 HOURS OF RELEVANT VOLUNTEER AND WORK EXPERIENCE!
Pre-Physical Therapy (88-92 s.h.)
The pre-physical therapy program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of factors that influence health behavior. Completion of the curriculum helps prepare students for admission to graduate school in physical therapy. Students in the Pre-Physical Therapy track are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising because of the complex nature of course sequences.
Recommended, not required: