These changes will have some impact on HSSP, although all students who entered Brandeis prior to this fall may complete their HSSP BS degree with either the prior Biology courses or the revised Biology courses.
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 BS requirements:
For the BS, students must still take BIO 42a as their core course, but can take as many as two of the new Bio 14, 15, and 16 courses to fulfill two of the three area A elective requirements.
The third Area A elective course must be chosen from the list of Area A electives listed above Bio 22b.
Many Sophomores and Juniors and all graduating 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 Science Degree
Students wishing to obtain a bachelor of science degree in Health: Science, Society and Policy must fulfill the following requirements:
Required Core Courses (6)
- BIOL 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)
Additional Basic Science Courses (24 credits)
- All courses must be at or above the 10-level.
- Students must also enroll in all laboratories that accompany electives used to satisfy these requirements (i.e., BIOL 18a must be taken with BIOL 14a). These labs will each count as half a course (two credits) except in the case of 18b, which counts as a full course (4 credits).
- PSYC 51a may count as one of the six additional basic math/science courses.
Students must take three electives from Focal Area A (above the 20 level) and one elective each from Focal Area B and Focal Area C.
|Focal Area A: Biological Dimensions of Health and Illness|
|ANTH 116a||Human Osteology|
|BCHM 172a||Cholesterol in Health and Disease|
|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|
|NBIO 140b||Principles of Neuroscience|
|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|
|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|
|HS 412b||Substance Use and Societal Consequences|
|HS 518a||Management of Health-Care Organizations|
|HS 519a||Health Economics|
|HS 520a||Payment and Financing of Health Care|
|HS 521a||Approaches to Political and Organizational Analysis|
|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|