Health Studies

Students may complete a minor in Health Studies.

Faculty

Melissa Pashigian, Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology

Kalala Ngalamulume, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History and Co-Director of the International Studies Program

The Health Studies Minor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges brings together courses and faculty members in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to guide students through the biomedical, cultural, ethical, and political questions that relate to health issues on local, regional and global scales. Our Colleges value the intersection of public health and social justice, and this new course of study will allow students to approach these vital issues with greater knowledge and understanding.

Given its multidisciplinary structure, the health studies minor will give scientific context to students in the social sciences and humanities who are interested in health policy, public health, law, medical ethics, social services, or health education. The minor also complements the curriculum for traditional science majors by providing important social and behavioral dimensions for those students planning to go into medicine, nursing, physical therapy, psychology and other clinical fields.

This is a Bi-College minor, and courses will be taught by Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College across many disciplines. When approved by the faculty steering committee, selected courses for the minor may also be taken at Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania and while studying abroad.

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of a total of six courses and must include the following:

  • A multidisciplinary introductory course taught by two faculty members from different academic divisions. Introduction to Health Studies (HLTH H115B).
  • Three core courses from a list approved by the faculty steering committee. Two of these courses must be elected from a Department outside of the student’s major and at least two of the courses should be at the non-introductory level. Students must take one course in each of three areas:

M track: Mechanisms of disease and the maintenance of the health body (M)

R track: Cultural and Literary Representations of Health and Illness (R)

S track: Responses of familial, social, civic and governmental Structures to issues of health and disease (S)

  • One additional course, outside the student’s major. Students may choose either a core course (C) or one selected from a list of approved affiliate courses (A), which deal with health issues, but not necessarily as their primary focus.
  • Health Studies Capstone Seminar. A capstone course taught by two faculty members and organized around a theme, such as vaccines, AIDS, drug abuse, disability, etc. Students will analyze current literature addressing the theme from their own disciplinary perspectives and will develop research proposals and collaborative projects.

Core Courses

Track M

ANTH B208: Human Biology
ANTH B317: Disease and Human Evolution
BIOL B210: Biology and Public Policy
BIOL B303: Human Physiology
CHEM B315: Medicinal Chemistry
GNST B201: Nutrition, Smoking, and Cardiovascular Health
PSYC B209/H209: Abnormal Psychology
PSYC B351: Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC B395: Psychopharmacology
PSYC B346: Pediatric Psychology
BIOL H121: Poisons, Plagues, Pollution and Progress
BIOL H125: Perspectives: Genetic Roil and Royal Families 0.5 credits
BIOL H128: Perspectives: How Do I Know Who I Am? 0.5 credits
BIOL H308: Immunology 0.5 credits
BIOL H310: Molecular Microbiology 0.5 credits
ICPR H311A: Reproductive Health and Justice
PSYC H245: Health Psychology
PSYC H318B: Neurobiology of Disease

Track R

ANTH B210: Medical Anthropology
ANTH B237: Environmental Health
ANTH B312: Anthropology of Reproduction
ANTH B331: Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology
PHIL B205: Medical Ethics
ANTH H260: Cultures of Health and Healing
ANTH H200: Viruses, Humans, Vital Politics: An Anthropology of HIV & AIDS
ICPR H281: Violence and Public Health

Track S

ANTH B210: Medical Anthropology
ANTH B237: Environmental Health
ANTH B312: Anthropology of Reproduction
BIOL B210: Biology and Public Policy
FREN B275/HIST B275: Improving Mankind: Enlightened Hygiene and Eugenics
HIST B303: Topics in American History. Topic: History of Medicine in America
HIST B336: Topics in African History. Topic: Social and Medical History of Medicine in Africa
PSYC B340: Women’s Mental Health
ANTH H200: Viruses, Humans, Vital Politics: An Anthropology of HIV & AIDS
ICPR H311: Reproductive Health and Justice
PSYC H242: Cultural Psychology
PSYC H327: Supersized Nation: Understanding and Managing America’s Obesity Epidemic

Affiliate Courses

Track M

BIOL B201: Genetics
BIOL B215: Experimental Design and Statistics
BIOL B216: Genomics
BIOL B255: Microbiology
BIOL B271: Developmental Biology
CHEM B242: Biological Chemistry
SOWK B556: Adult Development and Aging
BIOL H352: Cellular Immunology 0.5 credits
BIOL H360: Bacterial Pathogenesis 0.5 credits
CHEM H357: Topics in Bioorganic Chemistry 0.5 credits
PSYC H223: Psychology of Human Sexuality

Track R

ITAL B208: Petrarca and Boccaccio in Translation
ITAL B303: Petrarca and Boccaccio in Italian
FREN B325: Topics: Etudes avancées. Topic: Lumiéres et Medicine
PSYC B260: The Psychology of Mindfulness
PSYC B375: Movies and Madness
ICPR H207A: Disability, Identity, Culture
ICPR H223: Mental Affliction: The Disease of Thought
PEAC H201: Ethics and Justice: Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights
WRPR H120: Evolutionary Fictions Available only to HC first year students
WRPR H161: Written on the Body: Narrative and the Construction of contemporary Sexuality Available only to HC first year students

Track S

BIOL B215: Experimental Design and Statistics
ECON B214: Public Finance
EDUC B225: Topics: Empowering Learners. Topic: Health Literacies in Context)
PEAC H201: Ethics and Justice: Applied Ethics of Peace, Justice and Human Rights