UT Dallas 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Healthcare Studies (BS)

The BS in Healthcare Studies is designed to give students a multidisciplinary perspective on human health and healthcare. The curriculum consists of existing courses offered by various schools across campus that are repackaged into one multidisciplinary program. In addition to the expected combination of science courses with laboratories (32 semester credit hours), the degree program also requires healthcare foundation courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (14 semester credit hours) as well as courses specifically related to the study of healthcare in a philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological and biological context (15 semester credit hours). The program is designed to be a preparatory program for students continuing their education beyond the baccalaureate degree; for distinguished students in healthcare studies, the major provides excellent preparation for entry into professional schools of medicine, optometry or pharmacy. It can also be beneficial for students planning to enter graduate programs in such allied health areas as occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies. In addition, students may choose the healthcare studies major as preparation for entry into graduate programs in areas such as healthcare management.

Bachelor of Sciences in Healthcare Studies

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
6 semester credit hours History (HIST 1301 and HIST 1302)
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (PSY 2301)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Calculus (MATH 1325 or MATH 2413 or MATH 2417)
3 semester credit hours Statistics (STAT 3332)

Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

BIOL 2111 Modern Biology Workshop I
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 2125 Physics Laboratory I

II. Major Requirements: 52 semester credit hours

Foundation I: Healthcare Foundation Studies (14 semester credit hours)

HLTH 1100 Career Exploration for the Health Professions
HLTH 1322 Human Nutrition
HLTH 3101 Medical Terminology
HLTH 3300 Pre-Health Professional Development
HLTH 3305 The U.S. Healthcare System
HLTH 4304 Health Professions Internship

Foundation II: Scientific Foundation Studies (23 semester credit hours)

BIOL 2311 Introduction to Modern Biology I
BIOL 2111 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop I2
BIOL 2312 Introduction to Modern Biology II
BIOL 2112 Introduction to Modern Biology Workshop II
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1112 General Chemistry Laboratory II
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 2126 Physics Laboratory II
CHEM 2323 Introductory Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2123 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2325 Introductory Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2125 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Foundation III: Multidisciplinary Healthcare Studies (15 semester credit hours)

Required (9 semester credit hours):
HLTH 3301 Issues in Geriatric Healthcare
HLTH 3315 Issues in Patient Education
PSY 4328 Health Psychology or PSY 4334 Lifespan Development
And choose 6 semester credit hours from among the following:
HMGT 4301 Introduction to Healthcare Management
HLTH 3310 Health Care Issues: Global Perspectives
ECON 3330 Economics of Health
GEOG 3357 Spatial Dimensions of Health and Disease
HIST 3328 History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
HLTH 4380 Special Topics in Healthcare
PHIL 4320 Medical Ethics
PHIL 4321 Philosophy of Medicine
PSCI 4365 Law and Medicine
SOC 4369 Public Health and Society
SOC 4371 Mental Health and Illness
SOC 4372 Health and Illness

III. Elective Requirements: 26 semester credit hours

Prescribed Electives (1 semester credit hour)

UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar

Free Electives (25 semester credit hours)

Students must complete a total of 51 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework to graduate. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours must be taken at UT Dallas. All the coursework in the final semester must be taken at UT Dallas.

Students interested in pursuing entrance into health professional schools (such as medical, dental, pharmacy or optometry schools) should seek advising on additional courses required for entrance into the particular professional school of their interest. A subset of the following courses should be considered essential and should be taken as part of their elective credits.

BIOL 3301 Classical and Molecular Genetics
BIOL 3101 Classical and Molecular Genetics Workshop
BIOL 3361 Biochemistry I
BIOL 3161 Biochemistry Workshop I
BIOL 3455 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
BIOL 3456 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
BIOL 3370 Exercise Physiology
BIOL 3V20 General Microbiology with Lab
HLTH 4V01 Health Professions Independent Study
ISIS 3308 Bones, Bodies, and Disease
ISIS 3309 Dental Anthropology
NSC 3361 Behavioral Neuroscience
NSC 4366 Neuroanatomy
NSC 4351 Medical Neuroscience
  1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
  2. A required major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
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