In the Fall of 2013, the Biology Department's courses/requirements changed: BIOL 14a - Genetics & Genomics, BIOL 15b - Cells & Organisms, BIOL 16a - Evolution & Biodiversity replaced BIOL 22a and BIOL 22b. These changes have some impact on HSSP.
A. For a HSSP BA major and HSSP minor, if you entered Brandeis:
in the Fall of 2013 or thereafter: you may take either BIOL 14a, BIOL 15b, BIOL 16a, or BIOL 42a as your Core “Science” Course.
prior to Fall 2013: you may complete your major or minor requirements with the new BIOL 14a, BIOL 15b, BIOL 16a, and/or BIOL 42a or with the old BIOL 22a and/or BIOL 22b.
B. For all HSSP majors and minors:
You can now take these introductory Biology courses without taking Chemistry first. Together, the introductory biology sequence (BIOL 14a and its lab - BIOL 18b; BIOL 15b and its lab - BIOL 18a; and BIOL 16a) provide a solid foundation in Biology. BIOL 14a is the prerequisite for BIOL 18b. BIOL 15b is the prerequisite for BIOL 18a.
BIOL 14a, BIOL 15b, and BIOL 16a can be taken in any order - one is not a prerequisite for any other.
Each introductory lab may be taken separately from its corresponding Biology course. BS majors must complete the introductory course’s corresponding lab (i.e., BIOL 14a and its lab - BIOL 18b and/or BIOL 15b and its lab - BIOL 18a).
Many HSSP BS students choose to take BIOL 14a and BIOL 15b in their 1st year; BIOL 18b lab and BIOL 18a lab in their 2nd year; and then BIOL 16a in their 3rd year.
Note: Because BIOL 14a is similar to the old BIOL 22a and BIOL 15b is similar to the old BIOL 22b, student can not take both for HSSP credit.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in HSSP
Students wishing to obtain a BA must complete a) the 6 required courses and b) 4 elective courses.
a) Required Courses (6)
All BA majors must complete the following 6 required courses (four core courses plus a hands-on experience, a senior seminar):
Core “Science” Course: BA majors may choose from BIOL 14a - Genetics & Genomics, BIOL 15b - Cells & Organisms, BIOL 16a - Evolution & Biodiversity, or BIOL 42a - Physiology
Core “Society” Course: SOC 191a - Health, Community & Society
Core “Policy” Course: HSSP 104b - American Health Care or LGLS 114a - American Health Care: Law & Policy
HSSP 100b - Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Population Health - open to HSSP Juniors and HSSP Seniors, offered in both fall and spring semesters; generally taken in Junior year*
HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health: ”capstone” - open only to HSSP Seniors in their final Spring semester **
Hands-On Experience (choose one and submit proposal for pre-approval to HSSP Internship Instructor):
An Internship and an Internship Seminar: HSSP 89a - HSSP Internship, ENVS 89a - Environmental Studies Internship, LGLS 161b - Advocacy for Policy Change, PAX 89a - Internship in Peace, Conflict & Coexistence Studies, or WMGS 89a - When Violence Hits Home;
HSSP 98a/b - Independent Research;
HSSP 99d - Senior Thesis;
a health-related Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS); or
a health-related Study Abroad.
* The Brandeis/Denmark Institute for Study-abroad (DIS) course - Epidemiology: Danish Case Studies can substitute for HSSP 100b.
** You may request to take HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health in your Junior Year, if you:
a. are graduating a semester early (i.e., December instead of May) and you have ready officially changed your graduation date, or
b. have declared a double majoring Education and HSSP or a major in HSSP and a minor in Education, because as an Education major/minor you must all teach in the Spring semester of your Senior Year.
b) Electives (4)
All BA majors must complete the following 4 electives.
One Elective from Focal Area A
One Elective from Focal Area B
One Elective from Focal Area C
One Elective from any of the 3 Focal Areas
Note: The BA option requires ten courses (40 credits) to complete.
Below is a list of approved “focal area" electives.
|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 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 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 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|
|ANTH 164a||Medicine and Religion|
|ENG 58a||Literature and Medicine|
|HSSP 114b||Racial/Ethnic and Gender Inequalities in Health and Health Care|
|HSSP 120bj||Health Care Landscapes|
|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|
|WMGS 156b||Sexuality and Healthcare|
|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 135a||Special Topics in Public Health: U.S. History and 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|