Fall Course Work


The Health Science Fall Semester

Prior to beginning the fall semester of the senior year curriculum, the following pre-requisite courses must be completed:

HAN 200 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Science I (4 credits)

This is the first course in a two-part sequence that introduces the study of human anatomy and physiology at cell, tissue, and organ system levels of organization, with emphasis on understanding disease processes associated with the systems. Laboratory sessions include virtual on-line exercises designed to illustrate principles learned and computer simulations in physiology and anatomy dissection. (G/P/NC grade option is not available). Open to non-HSC students. Prerequisite: BIO 101 or BIO 201 or BIO 202 or BIO 203.

HAN 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Health Science II (4 credits)

This is the second course in a two-part sequence that continues the study of human anatomy and physiology. Topics include the endocrine system, blood composition, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the immune system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, nutrition, the urinary system, the reproductive system, fluid, electrolyte, acid-base balance and heredity. Laboratory sessions entail virtual online exercises designed to illustrate principles learned and computer simulations in physiology and anatomy dissection. (G/P/NC grade option is not available). Open to non-HSC students. Prerequisite: HAN 200 or ANP 300.

HAN 251 Research Methods in Health Science (3 credits)

Provides a foundation in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design and methods. Emphasizes the relationship between literature review and the research process and the elements of a research proposal. Applies research designs and methods to case study research projects. Requires on-line CITI training in the protection of human subjects. (G/P/NC grade option is not available). Open to non-HSC students.

HAN 312 Human Anatomy, Health and Medical Language (3 credits)

Develops a deeper knowledge of human anatomy and a working medical vocabulary that applies to clinical scenarios. Builds on the foundation of anatomy and physiology. Emphasizes the interrelationships among human anatomy, body systems, pathophysiology and clinical medicine. Introduces the medical professionals and the technology utilized to diagnose and treat patients. P/NC grade option is not available. Open to non-HSC students. Prerequisite: HAN 200 or ANP 300. Co-requisite: HAN 202.

Fall Coursework

The fall semester of the Health Science senior year is comprised of "core" curriculum, is interdisciplinary linked and provides the framework and skills not ordinarily attained through traditional methods of education. Students are required to enroll in five core courses in the same section. 

HAN 300 Health Care Issues (3 credits)

Provides students with an overview of the organization of the health care delivery system. Includes the role of health care professionals and health care organizations. Explores issues regarding health care insurance, the uninsured and underserved, managed care and changes in the health care marketplace. Provides an overview of major diseases including epidemics, chronic and acute illness. Discusses the role of health promotion and diseases prevention as well as alternative and complementary medicine. Restricted to HAN majors.

HAN 333 Communication Skills (3 credits)

Introduces the principles of effective communication and stages of group development. Offers theory and practice of interpersonal communication groups. Provides specific topics related to health care teams. Restricted to HAN majors.

HAN 335 Professional Ethics (3 credits)

Provides students with a framework for identifying ethical dilemmas in professional settings. Through the use of case studies and role-playing, students simulate ethical situations relating to confidentiality, informed consent and truth-telling, and explore various approaches for resolving these conflicts. Presents professional codes of ethics using small and large group discussions. Presents and discusses ethics-related topics such as genetics, transplants, cloning, advance directives, and health care accessibility. Restricted to HAN majors.

HAN 364 Health Care Informatics (3 credits)

Acquaints students with the use and application of personal computers and medical information systems used in health care. Emphasizes the optimization and customization potential of computer functions for standard and specialized tasks. Examines the present and potential use of the Internet in the health care arena. Presents the application of medical informatics to health care delivery through classroom demonstrations and discussions. Restricted to HAN majors. (For those students interested in the Informatics concentration in the spring semester, a minimum grade of "C" is required in HAN 364.)

HAN 383 Scholarly Writing in Health Science (3 credits)

This course is designed to challenge the undergraduate student to improve their skills in scholarly writing and professional communications through a variety of written and verbal formats in a logical, straightforward style. Students will be required to write for a variety of audiences and will conduct a limited literature review, design a research proposal, and create an evidence-based program to be presented to the class. Restricted to HAN majors.


Fall Electives 

HAN 395 Radiation Physics in Medicine (4 credits)

Provides an introduction to radiological and radiation oncology physics for students interested in a career in either medical imaging or radiation therapy/oncology. Presents elements of mathematics and general physics relevant to the radiological sciences. Topics include production of radiation, radioactivity, interaction of radiations with matter, radiation detection, characteristics of high energy medical LINAC radiation, absorbed dose calculation and measurement, radiography, radionuclide imaging, imaging with ultrasound, imaging with magnetic resonance, and basic medical radiation safety. Restricted to HAN majors.

HAN 311 Kinesiology (4 credits)

The mechanical aspects of human motion and the structure and function of these motions in physically active individuals with or without pathological involvement. The student learns basic qualitative and quantitative clinical techniques used in identifying pathological movement. G/P/NC grading option is not available.  Prerequisite: Advancement to Health Science Senior Year Curriculum - HANBS; Pre-req courses with the minimum grade of C: 4 credits BIO/w lab; 4 credits CHEM/w lab; 4 credits PHY /w lab; 3 credits of Statistics. 8 credits of HAN 200/202 or equivalent; HAN 312 (minimum grade B).