The HSSP BA has a new 'Free Elective' option!

Students pursuing the HSSP BA degree can now use specifically approved research methods courses to fulfill their "free elective" requirement.

See the Guide to Courses that Count for HSSP Credit to learn which courses count toward this new "free elective" option.

The HSSP MPP Advancement Program

Planning on pursuing a Master of Public Policy (MPP)? Interested in learning more about our HSSP MPP Advancement Program? Begin by reading the HSSP MPP Advancement Program Application Requirements!

Bachelor of Arts Degree

All BA majors must complete the following Core Requirements and Electives:

A.  Core Requirements

  1. Core “Science” Course:

    • BIOL 14a - Genetics & Genomics,
    • BIOL 15b - Cells & Organisms,
    • BIOL 16a - Evolution & Biodiversity, or
    • BIOL 42a - Physiology
  2. Core “Society” Course: SOC 191a - Health, Community & Society or   SOC 189a - ​Sociology of the Body & Health   

  3. Core “Policy” Course: HS 104b - American Health Care  or LGLS 114a - American Health Care: Law & Policy

  4. HSSP 100b - Intro to Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Population Health   Open to HSSP Juniors & Seniors, usually offered in both fall and spring semesters; generally taken in Junior year.   Alternatively, one of the DIS Study Abroad epidemiology courses - Epidemiology: Danish Case Studies or Epidemiology: Swedish Case Studies - can substitute for HSSP 100b.

  1. HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health:   A capstone course for seniors that combines academic coursework and fieldwork experiences around a central problem or facet of health or healthcare - open only to HSSP Students in their Senior year.  You may request to take HSSP 110a in the final semester of your Junior Year, if you:

  • are graduating a semester early (i.e., December instead of May) and you have ready officially changed your graduation date, or
  • are a declared double major in Education and HSSP, or a major in HSSP and a minor in Education: Education major/minors must all teach in the Spring semester of their Senior Year.
  1. Hands-On Experience (HOE)   Majors must successfully complete 1 of the following 5 options:
    1. An internship paired with 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,  PSYC 161a & PSYC 161b - ​clinical Psychology Practicum I & II;       (Note:  must complete both PSYC 161a & PSYC 161b​, or WMGS 89a - When Violence Hits Home)
    2. HSSP 98a/b - Independent Research;
    4. A qualifying health-related Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS); or
    5. A qualifying health-related Study Abroad Program.

HOE:  All majors must communicate their HOE choice, in writing, to the HSSP Internship Instructor.  Students who choose to complete their HOE through Internship or JBS must also meet with the HSSP Internship Instructor in the fall of their Sophomore or Junior year for written pre-approval before accepting/registering for that option.  Students who choose to complete their HOE through Study Abroad must meet with the Study Abroad Liaison for pre-approval.


B.  Electives

      The HSSP BA degree demands 4 HSSP electives: (1 elective from each Focal Area plus a 4th chosen from any of the Focal Areas)

  1. 1 elective from Focal Area A

  2. 1 elective from Focal Area B

  3. 1 elective from Focal Area C

  4. 1 additional elective chosen from any of the three Focal Areas

For more information on what courses count toward HSSP credit, see the Quick Guide.