Focal Area A Notes
Many HSSP BS students choose to take BIO 14a and BIO 15b in their 1st year; the BIO 18b lab and BIO 18a lab in their 2nd year; and then BIO 16a in their 3rd year. BIO 14a, BIO 15b, and BIO 16a can be taken in any order - one is not a prerequisi
Advanced Placement (AP) credit cannot be counted for any HSSP BS requiremen
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Bachelor of Science Degree
All BS majors must complete the following Core Requirements and Electives:
A. Core Requirements
Core “Science” Course: BIOL 42a - Physiology
Core “Society” Course: SOC 191a - Health, Community & Society
Core “Policy” Course: HS 104b - American Health Care or LGLS 114a - American Health Care: Law & Policy
HSSP 100b - Intro to Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Population Health Generally taken in the Junior year, the Brandeis/Denmark Institute for Study-abroad (DIS) course -Epidemiology: Danish Case Studies can substitute for HSSP 100b.
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 Seniors in their final Spring semester. You may request to take HSSP 110a in the spring of 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. 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.
Hands-On Experience (HOE) Majors must successfully complete 1 of the following 5 options:
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, or WMGS 89a - When Violence Hits Home;
HSSP 98a/b - Independent Research;
HSSP 99d - Senior Thesis;
A qualifying health-related Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS); or
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 options 1 and 4 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 option 5 must meet with the Study Abroad Liaison for pre-approval.
The HSSP BS degree demands the following science and lab courses in addition to the 6 Core courses.
If you entered Brandeis:
before the Fall of 2015 you must complete 68 credits, including: 5 HSSP electives (3 electives from Focal Area A + 1 elective from both Focal Area B & C) + 24 credits of “Additional Basic Science Courses”.
in/after the Fall of 2015 you must complete 70 credits, including: the prescribed introductory biology sequence (BIOL 14a + BIOL 18b, BIOL 15b + BIOL 18a, and BIOL 16a); 3 HSSP electives (1 elective from each Focal Area); plus 16 credits of “Additional Basic Science Courses”.
”Additional Basic Science Courses” means any BIOL, BCHM, CHEM, PHYS, MATH, CSCI course at or above the 10-level. Alternatively, PSYC 51a - Statistics may be used.