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Health Professions and Health Related Courses

Health Professions Department Courses

The Health Professions program offers an opportunity for students to discuss current topics within the healthcare field and interact with healthcare professionals, hearing first-hand stories of the challenges and joys of serving others in a variety of healthcare careers. Two courses are taught in the spring 2018 semester providing unique experiences for students to engage, explore and personal reflect upon various issues within the healthcare environment.

SCI 200: Introduction to the Health Professions is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the variety of professions impacting the healthcare environment today. Emphasis is placed upon the skills and attributes needed to effectively prepare for entry into the professions. Students will explore health care history, health disparities, healthcare delivery, and culture as it relates to healthcare practice, inter-professional collaboration and professionalism. This course is intended for freshmen and sophomore students.

SCI 290: Health Professions Colloquium provides a variety of topical discussions on issues relevant to work in the healthcare profession today. Dialogue and reflection upon the impact of the Christian faith and issues of medical ethics and care of various patient populations included. Discussions and assignments will prepare students for application to health profession programs. This course is open to students in their junior and senior year.

Health Related Courses

History 103: Health and Medicine in US History surveys the major developments in medicine and healthcare in the United States, while also exploring the many ways Americans have sought to be healthy by dieting, exercising, praying, playing, working, and much else besides. Attending to this history raises important questions about the nature of American religion, political and economic power, the persistence of sex-, gender-, and race-based inequalities, the merits of medical technology and responsibility in the face of suffering. By exploring the evolution of health and healing in the United States, this course prepares students to better understand both the strengths and weaknesses of American healthcare today. (This course is offered Fall '18, MWF 2:15-3:25pm)

History 391: Religion and Health in US History - Christianity and medicine have often made common cause in American history. Yet other chapters in the history of their relationship were far more complex. While pastors and physicians united in the temperance movement, for example, they went their separate ways in debates about faith healing. This course explores major episodes in the history of Christianity, health, and medicine, analyzing the major themes, issues, and problems that have defined a history implicating both body and soul. It prepares students to think historically and contextually about present-day intersections of religion and health. (This 2 credit course is offered in B Quad, Fall '18, TR 11:15am-1:05pm)

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