Health Services (B.A.)

Faculty

Dr. Nicole Betschman, Program Director for the Public Health and Health Services Programs: Assistant Professor of Health Services
Dr. Christopher Howard, Assistant Professor of Public Health

Faculty representing diverse disciplines in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts & Sciences and School of Professional Studies collaborate with and contribute to the Health Services program.

Description

he Bachelor of Arts in Health Services is an interdisciplinary program designed to address the current and emerging needs in a changing health care landscape.  The Health Services curriculum prepares students to promote delivery of efficient, quality driven health care through a core curriculum that includes a foundation in health care systems, health care policy, finance, and data management. The degree program offers students the option to complete the Core + 4 (core classes and 4 selective courses) which leaves the option for students to add a minor to their degree plan.

A Health Services major is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Professional Studies. A Health Services minor is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Health Services Student Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize effective written and oral communication when conveying a message about a current or emerging health care issue
  • Apply evidence-based solutions to organizational and client issues within the contemporary health care arena
  • Demonstrate critical thinking as evidenced by ethical and legal decision-making as a member of an interprofessional health care team
  • Demonstrate leadership to meet a health care organization’s or client’s needs

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses (36 credits)
ALL of the following courses:

  • HPNU 120 Medical Terminology
  • MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
  • PHIL 251 Bioethics
  • PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
  • SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SNHP 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics
  • SNHP 224 Health Care Systems and Global Health
  • SNHP 330 Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • SNHP 342 Health Care Finance
  • SNHP 405 Informatics and Data Management
  • SNHP 491 Health Services Internship
  • SNHP 499 Health Services Senior Seminar

Electives (12 credits)
Select FOUR of the following courses:

  • BADM 110 Foundations of Management
  • BADM 226 Organizational Behavior
  • BADM 236 Theories of Leadership
  • BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • COM 201 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 225 Intercultural Communication
  • ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
  • HUMR 211 Introduction to Social Work
  • PEH 121 Nutrition & Wellness
  • PSYC 211 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 235 Psychology of Aging
  • PSYC 262 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 343 Drugs and Human Behavior
  • PSYC 385 Ethnic & Cross Cultural-Psychology
  • SNHP 218 Global Perspectives Occupational Science
  • SNHP 228 Patient Advocacy
  • SNHP 321 Health & Wellness Programming
  • SOCY 320 Sociology of Health and Illness (Medical Sociology)
  • SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
  • SOCY 361 The Black Family
  • SOCY 381 Understanding AIDS: Interdisciplinary Seminar

Minor Requirements

Students must obtain permission of the Program Chair to minor in Health Services.

Required Core Courses (13 credits)
ALL of the following courses:

  • HPNU 120 Medical Terminology
  • SNHP 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics
  • SNHP 224 Health Care Systems and Global Health
  • SNHP 321 Health & Wellness Programming
  • SNHP 342 Health Care Finance

Electives (6 credits)
TWO of the following courses:

  • SOCY 320 Sociology of Health and Illness (Medical Sociology)
  • SOCY 327 Sociology of Mental Illness
  • SOCY 381 Understanding AIDS: Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • PSYC 235 Psychology of Aging
  • PSYC 343 Drugs and Human Behavior

Accelerated Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree Program

During senior year, health services majors have the unique opportunity to apply to the B.A. in Health Services to the Master of Public Health Program.  The accelerated Master’s program allows select students to complete their undergraduate health services degree while also beginning graduate coursework towards a Master’s degree in public health. Click here to learn more.

Additional Requirements

Health Service Senior Assessment

Students must earn a C or above in Senior Seminar.

Internship

BLS/CPR certification is required for the health care provider.

Internship placement sites may have additional health or safety requirements that students must meet prior to receiving access to the internship site.

NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate in internship experiences unless and until these other requirements have been satisfied.

Transportation: Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from internship placement sites. Trinity’s free shuttle service connects the Main campus with the Brookland Metro station.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the health services major.

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the health services major.

Transfer Policy
Consult program faculty for information about transferring courses to Trinity.

Grades in Major Courses
A minimum of a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative GPA average must be earned in the required courses for the major. A grade of C- may be counted toward fulfilling the requirements, at the discretion of the program faculty, if the overall average in the required courses is at least a 2.0. This policy applies to the required Health Service core courses except MATH 110 and PHIL 251.

Pass/No Pass
The pass/no pass grading option is not accepted for courses within the major. Students are required to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major. A grade of C- may be counted toward fulfilling the requirements, at the discretion of the program faculty, if the overall average in the required courses is at least a 2.0. The pass/no pass grading option may apply to other courses that meet the degree requirement including MATH 110 and PHIL 251.

TELL Policy:
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.