College of Arts & Sciences

Health Professions Advising

Course Prerequisites by Area
Use the links below to see a list of typical prerequisite courses for various health professional fields. Please note that requirements vary between programs and you are urged to check into the specific requirements for the individual schools that you may be considering.  You are also encouraged to meet with the Health Professions Advisor to plan your curriculum.
 Other Health-Related Courses Available at SJU
  1. *Christian Medical Ethics – THE 2441 - 3rd level theology
  2. *Just Health Care in Developing Nations – THE 2461 -  studies global health disparities and includes a medical mission tour to the Dominican Republic over the semester break – must interview for and be accepted for this course – fall only
  3. *Health Care System & its Responsibilities – Interdisciplinary Health Services (IHS) 2111 – IHS major course – elective for others – examines health care delivery in the US –managed care, uninsured issues, public health
  4. *Psychosocial Aspects of Health, Illness & Disability – IHS 2101 - IHS major course – elective for others - psychological, social, and behavioral theories as they relate to the experiences of chronic illness and disability
  5. *Health & Society – IHS 2231 -  IHS major course – also cross listed with Sociology so can count as a Social Science General Education Requirement (GER) or elective – How do such factors as race, gender, and social class shape physical and mental illness? How is health care organized, and what professions and organizations make up the health care sector? How have health and health care become major social problems, and what are the prospects for major social change in society's response to health issues?
  6. Alternative Medicine & Non-Traditional Therapies -  IHS 2411 - IHS major course – elective for others -the history and practice of complementary medicine and non-traditional therapies, overview of the debate between eastern and western societal approaches to medicine
  7. Public Health & Disease – IHS 2421- IHS major course – elective for others- provides a basic foundation in epidemiology and public health issues
  8. *Seeking a Better Death – Hospice Care – IHS2451- IHS major course – elective for others - will examine cultural practices relating to treatment of death and to care of the dying, as well as the process of confronting one's own death from a psychological perspective – service learning course
  9. *Economics of Health Care – ECN 2661-Social Science GER or elective - focuses upon the efficiency problems of the health care delivery system in the United States, prospects for a comprehensive national health insurance program are evaluated
  10. *Patient Access to Healthcare – PMK 1021 Pharmaceutical Mktg course – Enhance awareness of healthcare delivery, especially for “marginalized” patients – service learning course
  11. Several courses in the Psychology department deal with health issues including:  Health Psychology; Drugs, Brain, & Human Behavior; The Brain in Health & Illness, Neuropsychology – these courses can count as PSY major courses or Soc Sci GER courses
*Courses included in the Health Care Ethics minor – For more info on this minor, consult the Institute of Clinical Bioethics website.