How can we help humans across the globe achieve health? Why are some people and some social groups more vulnerable to illness than others? Is access to healthcare a right or privilege?
The health studies major could be a great choice for you if you find these questions intriguing! NOTE: Health Studies will temporarily NOT be accepting applications in the Fall 2023 semester due to faculty availability.
The health studies major engages students in critical dialogue on human health from multiple perspectives: biological, cultural, economic, environmental, historical, philosophical, political, psychological, and social. We draw on our liberal arts and Jesuit identity as a college to explore health as a social justice issue. The major also prioritizes questions as much as solutions by interrogating what health means, who has health and how health is distributed within and across societies, and why.
Why Health Studies?
The health studies major offers students a unique opportunity to study health issues intensively over a four-year period; and to do so from multiple perspectives. Our multidisciplinary approach helps students understand the complexity of human health and wellbeing and engage with pressing health questions.
The health studies major provides a broader perspective on health and illness by focusing heavily on issues of social justice and by drawing from disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and the natural sciences.
Many health studies majors are also on the pre-health track. However, the requirements for the health studies major are distinct from the prerequisite courses you need for the College’s Health Professions program. Health studies majors should therefore contact the Health Professions directly for more details if they are interested in the pre-health program.
Health studies majors will learn:
- biological and social determinants of health
- methodological approaches used in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to study health and wellbeing
- quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of health data
- fundamentals of ethical thought in the health field
- government and civil society responses to health at local and global levels
Health Studies Committee
- Program Advisor: Renee Beard
- Executive Committee Members: Renee Beard (Sociology) and Ann Sheehy (Biology)
- Steering Committee Members: Alimatu Acheampong (Biology), Dan Bitran (Psychology), Alvaro Carmen Jarrin (Anthropology), Denis Kennedy (Political Science), Mary Roche (Religious Studies), William Stempsey (Philosophy) and Ana Ugarte (Spanish).
Health on The Hill
The Health Studies program manages the Health on The Hill blog in which majors express their concerns, feelings, and overall thoughts about health issues on The Hill, and globally.