Important Notes

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. BIOL 14a, BIOL 15b, and BIOL 16a can be taken in any order - one is not a prerequisite for any other.

  3. 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).

  4. 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):

  1. Core “Science” Course: BA majors may choose from  BIOL 14a - Genetics & Genomics, BIOL 15b - Cells & Organisms, BIOL 16a - Evolution & Biodiversity, or BIOL 42a - Physiology

  1. Core “Society” Course:  SOC 191a - Health, Community & Society

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

  3. 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*

  4. HSSP 110a - Integrative Seminar on Health:  ”capstone” - open only to HSSP Seniors in their final Spring semester **

  5. 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.

  1. One Elective from Focal Area A

  2. One Elective from Focal Area B

  3. One Elective from Focal Area C

  4. 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 100a Introductory Biochemistry
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
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