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Semester Curriculum

The Health Sciences Program semester curriculum has several new features and is designed to prepare our students to work effectively in the modern field of health care and to contribute our communities.

Our new curriculum is designed to be rigorous and to prepare CSU East Bay students to be leaders in health care. In the new catalog, we will be offering concentrations in public health and in health policy. Working with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, we will offer a concentration in environmental health.

The information provided here is a summary only. Official requirements and programs are detailed in the 2018 - 2019 catalog.

The new program learning outcomes emphasize important skills students need such as the ability to work on a team, the ability to solve complex problems, and the ability to act ethically and responsibly

The new program also emphasizes health disparities and health equity. The entire curriculum will focus on a population perspective that explores the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity.

The new program recognizes that climate change and its attendant health effects are critical issues facing California and the global community. The new program makes these issues a core part of the curriculum for all Health Sciences students. The Health Sciences Program is also partnering with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences to offer a curriculum that meets the California Department of Public Health’s requirements for students to take the Registered Environmental Health Specialist examination.

The transformed curriculum is built on problem-based learning (PBL). This approach to learning began in the medical professions and has been widely adapted to other fields.  In a PBL course, students are given a problem to solve and the instructor serves more as a facilitator to the students rather than giving lectures. Students learn the content through problem-solving rather than through lecture formats. Students begin the program in traditional lecture format and seminar format classes and then move into case-based learning courses before moving into PBL courses.

The pre-clinical option was discontinued. Students interested in a clinical career and further professional training will earn their BS in Health Sciences with a set of simplified major electives that will prepare them for almost all the clinical professional programs. Students unsure of their career path will be able to select a set of electives in consultation with a major advisor that works best for them.

The administration and management option was updated and is now the Health Policy Concentration. This concentration will prepare students for work in health care policy.

The community health option was updated and is now the Public Health Concentration. The Public Health Concentration will prepare students with a generalist education in public health and will prepare them either for work in the public health field or for further graduate work in public health.

Beginning in Fall 2018, transfer students will be able to complete the Public Health Concentration by taking classes only at the Concord Campus. Only the Public Health Concentration will be available to be completed solely at the Concord Campus. The Hayward campus will offer both concentrations as well as the option for students without a concentration. Check back here for more information.
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