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HSP Curriculum and Requirements

The major in Health, Society and Populations (HSP) is interdisciplinary and coursework draws on the vast expertise in health and health-related topics within the College of Arts and Sciences. Coursework in the major is sectioned into eight intellectual units, with students having a choice of courses within each unit, except for three, the WRD 205 writing requirement, the SOC/HSP 225 entry-level course, and the HSP 499 capstone. The benefits of this flexible program are numerous.

The requirements for the HSP major are outlined below.  These requirements allow students to obtain an understanding of foundational concepts and skills in statistics and quantitative analysis, math, science, social science, health professions and writing. In addition, the structure of the major enables HSP students to gain advanced knowledge and critical understandings of the health of populations from societal and cultural perspectives.

Intellectual Unit


Course Choices


Choose one

STA 296 Statistical Methods and Motivations

SOC 303 Quantitative Sociological Analysis

GEO 309 Introduction to GIS


Choose one

MA 109, 111, 113, 123, 137



WRD 205 Intermediate Writing


Choose two

ANA 109 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing 1

ANA 110 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing 2

ANA 209 Principles of Human Anatomy

BIO 102 Human Ecology

BIO 103 Basic Ideas of Biology

BIO 148 Introductory Biology 1

BIO 208 Principles of Microbiology

CHE 104 Introductory General Chemistry

CHE 108 Intro Inorganic, Organic & Biochem

PGY 206 Elementary Physiology


Core Social Science Approaches to Health


Choose two

SOC/HSP 255 Medicine, Health and Society

ANT 429 Survey of Medical Anthropology

GEO 475G Medical Geography

PSY 223 Developmental Psychology

SOC 355 Sociology of Health and Illness

Topics in Society and Health

Choose four from at least 2 different disciplines. Students may also choose courses from the above category (Social Science Approaches to Health) that were not utilized to satisfy requirements in that category).

ANT 225 Culture, Environment & Global Issues

ANT 251 Global Health: Cultures, Pathologies, and Social Inequalities

ANT 303 Topics in Anthropology of Food & Nutrition

ANT 333 Contemporary Human Variation

GEO 261 Global Dynamics of Health & Disease

GEO 544 Human Population Dynamics

GRN 250 Aging in Today’s World

GRN 585 Aging and Environment

GWS 300 Topics in Gender and Women’s Studies (note this course is approved ONLY for the subtitle, “Gender, Race & Science”

HIS 584 Health and Disease in the U.S.

PHI 305 Health Care Ethics

SOC 235 Inequalities in Society

SOC 340 Community Sociology

SOC 360 Environmental Sociology

SOC 439 Topics in Crime (note this course is approved ONLY for the subtitle, “Mental Illness, Crime, Law and Deviance”


Health Professions

Choose two

CPH 201 Introduction to Public Health

CPH 202 Public Health through Popular Film

CPH 203 Sexual Health

CPH 310 Disease Detectives: Epidemiology in Action

CPH 320 Foundations of Environmental Hlth

CPH 351 Preparing for Apocalyptic Events: Crisis Mgmt & Population Health

CPH 440 Foundations of Health Behavior

CPH 450 Managing Health Services Organizations to Improve Population Health

CPH 451G A Sick World: Global Health in the Early 21st Century

CPH 472 Public Health Profession & Practice

HSM 241 Health and Medical Care Delivery Systems

KHP 230 Human Health and Wellness

KHP 270 Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion

KHP 590 Advanced Health Concepts



HSP 499 Population Health Capstone