Important Notes

Beginning this Fall 2013 the Biology Department's course and requirement changes come into effect.
These changes will have some impact on HSSP, although all students who entered Brandeis prior to this fall may complete their HSSP BA degree with either the prior Biology courses or the revised Biology courses.

The changes:
Bio 14, 15, and 16 will replace Bio 22a and Bio 22b.
Students can now take these Biology courses without taking Chemistry first. The labs for the Biology courses stay the same but can be taken separately from the Biology courses.

How these changes will affect HSSP BA requirements:
For the HSSP BA, students may take either Bio 14, 15 or 16 as their core course.
The HSSP BA student must still take at least one area A elective, but may choose to fulfill that requirement with either a second course taken from these new BIO offerings or with some other listed area A elective.

Many Sophomores and Juniors and all graduating HSSP Seniors will not be impacted by these changes if they have already completed Bio 15 and/or Bio 22a and Bio 22b.


No course offered to fulfill the requirements for this major may be taken pass/fail, and all grades in major courses must be at least a C-minus.

Students may, with approval from the HSSP chair, transfer up to two courses (eight credits) taken from outside Brandeis for the major, petitioning to use them as either core courses or electives.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students wishing to obtain a bachelor of arts degree in Health: Science, Society and Policy must fulfill the following requirements:

Required Core Courses (6)

  • BIOL 14, 15, 16 or 42a (Physiology)
  • HS 104b (American Health Care) or LGLS 114a (American Health Care: Law and Policy)
  • SOC 191a (Health, Community and Society)
  • HSSP Hand On Experience Course (go to Experiential Learning page for course option details)
  • HSSP 100b (Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Population Health; a course generally taken in the Junior year)
  • HSSP 110a (a capstone course open only to Senior's in their final Spring semester)

Electives (4)

Complete one elective course from each of the three “focal areas” plus a fourth elective from any of the "focal areas".

Focal Area A: Biological Dimensions of Health and Illness
ANTH 116a Human Osteology
BCHM 172a Cholesterol in Health and Disease
BCSC 1a Designer Genes
BIOL 14a Genetics and Genomics
BIOL 15b Cells and Organisms
BIOL 16a Evolution and Biodiversity
BIOL 42a Physiology
BIOL 43b Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL 44a The Biology of Human Sports and Exercise
BIOL 55b Diet and Health
BIOL 75b Infectious Disease
BIOL 106b Chemical Biology: Medicinal Enzymology
BIOL 125a Immunology
BIOL 126b Protein Structure and Disease
BIOL 128a Human Genetics
BIOL 132a General Microbiology
BIOL 149b Molecular Pharmacology
BIOL 160b Human Reproductive and Developmental Biology
BIOL 172b Growth Control and Cancer
BISC 1a Biology for Poets, Lawyer,and Budding Scientists
BISC 2b Genes and the Human Story
BISC 4a Heredity
BISC 4b Food, Nutrition and Health
BISC 5a Pathogens and Human Disease
BISC 5b Diseases of the Mind
BISC 6b Environmental Health
BISC 7a The Biology and Culture of Deafness
BISC 8a Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
BISC 8b Drugs That Change the World
BISC 9b Biology of Cancer
NBIO 140b Principles of Neuroscience
NBIO 144b Drugs of Abuse and Addiction
NBIO 145b Systems Neuroscience
NBIO 146a The Neurobiology of Human Disease
NBIO 150a Autism and Human Developmental Disorders
NPSY 141a Stress, Physiology and Health
NPSY 199a Human Neuropsychology
 
Focal Area B: Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health and Illness
ANTH 111a Aging in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH 127a Medicine, Body and Culture
ANTH 142a AIDS: Science, Society and Policy
ANTH 154a Culture and Mental Illness
ANTH 160b Dirt, Disgust and Contagion: The Anthropology of Pollution
ENG 58a Literature and Medicine
HSSP 114b Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care
PHIL 23b Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 33a Developmental Psychology
PSYC 37a The Psychology of Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 38a Health Psychology
PSYC 126a Pathways & Mechanisms Linking Emotions to Health
PSYC 130b Life Span Development: Middle Adulthood
PSYC 142a Sport Psychology: A Health Psychology Perspective
PSYC 169b Disorders of Childhood
SOC 117b Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine
SOC 165a Sociology of Birth and Death
SOC 189a Sociology of Body and Health
SOC 193a Environment, Health and Society
SOC 194a Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
 
Focal Area C: Health-Care Policy and Practice
Undergraduates in the HSSP program may be admitted to the graduate-level courses below (numbered above 200) with the permission of the instructor.
HS 124a Dilemmas of Long-Term Care
HSSP 102a Global Perspectives of Health
HSSP 104b Health Economics
HSSP 106a Managing Medicine
HSSP 107b Health-Care Technology: Evaluating Emerging Medical Services, Drugs and Devices
HSSP 112b Public-Health Perspectives on Child Welll-Being
HSSP 115b Perspectives on Behavioral Health: Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health
HSSP 118b Viewing Health Policy Through the Lens of Literature
HSSP 128a Disability Policy
HSSP 192b Sociology of Disability
JOUR 130b News Writing for Science and Medicine
LGLS 114a American Health Care: Law and Policy
LGLS 121b Law and Social Welfare: Citizen Rights and Government Responsibilities
LGLS 129b Law, Technology and Innovation
LGLS 131b Patient Autonomy
LGLS 132b Environmental Law and Policy
LGLS 138b Science on Trial
LGLS 149B Genetics, Law and Society
SOC 176a Nature, Nurture and Public Policy
WMGS 106b Women in the Health-Care System