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Health & Human Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies 

Do you aspire to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities? The Health and Human Studies program is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares you for a variety of careers in healthcare, social services, rehabilitation, policy, and program administration. The healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to account for over one-third of total job growth in the U.S. over the next decade (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). You can be a part of this rapidly expanding profession and work in settings such as health care facilities, government agencies, or non-profit organizations.

Students in the Health and Human Studies program take a core of required courses that provide a foundation for understanding health, communication, ethics, and social policy. In addition, students select a track of courses relating to their specific interests, such as children and families or health and wellness. Your Academic Advisor provides guidance and mentoring as you proceed in the program, and a required internship provides a rich experience to practice your compassion, communication, and organizational skills. An option for students interested in research is Bay Path’s Summer Scholars program. And our unique Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program offers strategies for career preparation and self-leadership to help you discover your passion and purpose and create the path that’s right for you.

The Health and Human Studies program also prepares students well if they choose to pursue graduate study in the fields of allied health, healthcare management, public health, clinical mental health counseling, social work, special education or non-profit management.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO150 Anatomy & Physiology 1 3

This course provides an overview of tissue types and their identification and function, as well as the integument, skeletal and muscular human body systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture or NEU 100 lecture

BIO150L Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1

BIO151 Anatomy & Physiology 2 3

This course involves a study of the structural anatomy and physiological functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 150 lecture

BIO151L Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab 1

Laboratory topics include the dissection of neurological organs to study gross and histological structure as well as the evaluation of selected physiological, clinical, and diagnostic tests. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 151

BUS420 Business Ethics 3

This course focuses on financial behavior in all types of organizations and provides students with tools to help them resolve ethical dilemmas they may face in their lives. By examining ethical issues and scenarios which will relate directly to their work environment, students will have a clearer sense of how their corporations code of ethics along with their own values relate to operational decisions made on a daily basis. Topics include: awareness of ethical issues in organizations, ethical theories, ethical decision making frameworks, organizational cultures and governance, the role of government, whistle blowing, ethics and technology, global ethics, and working in a competitive market. Prerequisites: LAW 220 and senior status

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

HHS304 Communicating/ Helping Prof 3

Communicating in the Helping Professions This course builds a bridge from students general education to the work they do in the helping professions, which are in the fields of education and occupational therapy. With the aim of preparing students for both professional life and graduate work, this writing-intensive course introduces disciplinary strategies for investigating provocative issues and for communicating to others about them. In this way, the course offers students time to learn and to practice more advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; in using appropriate software support in presentations; and in mastering information literacy in fields of human service that students intend to enter as graduates. The course emphasizes fundamental principles of communication with time-on-task and real world, discipline-specific models for communication tasks. Prerequisites: ENG 114, ENG 122, and ENG 124

HHS401 Play/Leisure/Health/Human Serv 3

Occupational therapy consumers find meaning in many activities of daily living, including play and leisure. Throughout this course, students will explore the roles play and leisure have in cognitive, physical, and social development in childhood, and health and wellness in adulthood. Students will learn play and leisure concepts, understand methods to use play and leisure activities for rehabilitation, and develop client centered play and leisure activities to meet client goals. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Offered fall semester only.

HHS410 Social Policy/Health/Human/Ser 3

This course focuses on current and historical factors influencing the development of social and health care policies to promote overall awareness of the health care delivery system and processes as well as selected health issues important to us as individual consumers and health care professionals. There will be special emphasis on the influence of political, economic, social, and cultural factors in the development of health and social policy. Themes that run throughout the course include the importance of understanding the interrelationships between politics, culture, socioeconomic status, health status and health care delivery; cross-cultural comparisons; issues of quality, access and cost; ethical dilemmas; legal concerns; and the need for health professionals to serve as activists within the wider social system. Discussions are particularly encouraged which relate to current health events and news and have direct or indirect association with the need to develop social and health policies for our nation during the early 21st Century. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Offered fall semester only.

HHS415 Research Skills/Health/Human 3

Research Skills in Health/Human Services Effective health and human services professionals use evidence from research to plan effective programs. This class introduces the theory of evidence-based practice and basic research principles. Students write a research proposal supported by an extensive literature review on a topic of interest related to health and human studies. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status and HHS 304 Offered spring semester only.

MAT112 Applied College Mathematics 3

This course is designed for diverse students to acquire a solid foundation in non-calculus mathematics. It uses practical mathematics to develop problem solving and analytical skills. Topics include linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix and its application, linear programming, and the simplex method. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

PSY205 Child Development 3

This course is a study of developmental changes from birth through 12 years old. Prenatal and neonatal issues are also discussed. Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth are explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the spring semester only

PSY206 Adolescent & Adult Development 3

This course surveys how people develop and change from the onset of adolescence through late adulthood. Different theoretical perspectives and contemporary information relating to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive realms are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the fall semester only

SOC100 Principles of Sociology 3

SOC 100 (3 credits) Principles of Sociology This course introduces students to the major concepts and methods of sociology. Emphasis will be on the components of culture, the structure and institutions of society, the elements of social organization and differentiation, and sociological approaches to the analysis of groups.

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.