Healthcare Studies, B.S. - Concentration: Healthcare and Clinical Research

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This concentration provides students with a strong academic foundation for employment in the healthcare sector, and specifically prepares students to work as a health research professional. It provides coursework in research data management, clinical trial administration, and community engagement in health research. The concentration will prepare students to take the Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) examination administered by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), or the Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) exam administered by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Overall GPA of 2.7 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 107 - Statistics

Tier 2 - Natural World II: Life and Environment:
BIO 200 -  Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Tier 2 - Mind and Body:
PSY 100 -  Introduction to Psychology 

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


52 Credits Required

Healthcare Studies Requirements
37 Credits

 BIO 201 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
 HLS 200  or HSC 200 - Healthcare Professions and Medical Terminology
 HLS 210 - Principles of Patient Centered Healthcare
 HLS 400 - Health Informatics
 HLS 415 - Healthcare Systems, Policy, and Billing 
 MGT 300 - Management and Organization or PCH 362 - Public Health Management
 PCH 265 - Illness and Disease
 PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
 PSY 366 - Health Psychology
 REC 307 - Disabilities in Society
 RSP 330 - Case Studies in Medical Ethics
 RSP 440 - Evidence Based Practice & Research

Concentration in Healthcare and Clinical Research
15 Credits Required

 HLS 240 - Statistics for Health and Clinical Sciences
 HLS 317 - Community Engagement in Health Research
 HLS 427 - Research Data Management
 HLS 437 - Clinical Trial Administration and Good Clinical Practice
 HLS 497- Internship in Healthcare Studies


10 Credits Required

BIO 200 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).