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Health & Human Services Certificate/Minor

In the current economy, and notably in the Pittsburgh region, health related and human services jobs are proliferating. While not all of these jobs require professional health degrees, all of them require the kinds of social and interpersonal skills that a liberal arts education develops and hones. This minor and certificate aims to provide additional qualifications/credentials to two distinct groups of Duquesne students: students in professional health degrees and liberal arts students interested in working in health related fields. Both groups will benefit from the liberal arts focus on the human element of working with and engaging people within the context of health and human services, from acquiring a greater understanding of the vast field of health and human services, and from enhanced preparation on how to conduct oneself ethically and professionally within the arena of health and human services. 

The minor and certificate in Health & Human Services will allow students to choose from one of three tracks-Gerontology, Human Services, or Medical Health-and thus focus their studies depending on particular interest. Students will take required courses in Sociology and Psychology, as well as elective courses in Health Sciences (at least one course), Ethics, Philosophy, or History.

The certificate differs from the minor only in the additional requirement of 3-credits of fieldwork or internship in a health related placement.

Structure
MINOR = 15 credits                                                                                 Up to 6 credits can be shared with a student's major
CERTIFICATE = 18 credits Minor requirements + 3 credits of fieldwork/internship in a gerontology, human services, or medical health related placement

THREE TRACKS: Gerontology, Human Services, Medical Health
One must be chosen. Each has two required courses for each track + 9 credits of approved electives, including at least one course from the School of Health Sciences.
  • Gerontology:
    • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology* or PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology*
    • SOCI 203 Sociology of Aging or PSYC 325 Developmental Psych: Adulthood & Aging
    • 9 credits of approved electives
  • Human Services:
    • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology* or PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology*
    • SOCI 219 Introduction to Human Services or SOCI 214 Helping Process
    • 9 credits of approved electives
  • Medical Health:
    • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology* or PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology*
    • SOCI 207 Sociology of Health & Illness or PSYC 252 Psychological Disorders
    • 9 credits of approved electives
Learning Outcomes
Overall Program Outcomes
  • To add value to students' College degrees by providing students additional credentials in the mission-centered arena of health and human services
  • To provide students with a liberal arts oriented understanding of engaging with others within the context of health and human services
  • To provide students a greater understanding of the vast field of health and human services
  • To prepare students to conduct themselves ethically and professionally in the arena of health and human services

Track Outcomes
  • Gerontology: Application of overall program outcomes to issues of aging, to organizations and to occupations providing care and services for older populations.
  • Human Services: Application of overall program outcomes to public and private social services, public policies and organizations advocating for personal and social well being.
  • Medical Health: Application of overall program outcomes to medicine, health care delivery, and health policies.

*Students are encouraged to take special designated sections of SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology and PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology with a specific focus on health. While students are only required to take one of these two courses, they may take the other as an elective.

Courses

View the courses by track

Rangos School of Health Sciences Courses
  • HLTM 320 Healthcare Delivery & Organization
  • HLTM 350 Intro to Health Information Management
  • HLTM 325 Healthcare Human Resources Management
  • HLTM 333 Healthcare Reimbursement Systems
  • HLTM 492 Quality Performance in Healthcare (only for Health Management Systems students)
  • HLTS 200 Disparities in Health Care (only for Health Sciences students)
  • OCCT 305 Foundations & Concepts of OT (only for OT students)
  • OCCT 310 Occupational Performance across the Lifespan (only for OT students)
  • OCCT 416 Fundamentals of Practice (only for OT students)
  • SLP 245 Disabilities across the World: Search for Dignity

Sociology
  • SOCI 101 Survey of Sociology
  • SOCI 203 Sociology of Aging
  • SOCI 207 Sociology of Health & Illness
  • SOCI 214 The Helping Process
  • SOCI 219 Introduction to Human Services
  • SOCI 315 Socialization & the Life Course
  • SOCI 398 Sociology of Death and Dying
  • SOCI 408 Population
  • SOCI 411 Aging and Mental Health
  • SOCI 415 Health, Illness & Social Policy
  • SOCI 441 Healthcare Ethics & Public Policy
  • SOCI 450 Fieldwork (3 credits)

Psychology
  • PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology
  • PSYC 225W Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence (not for Gerontology track)
  • PSYC 252 Psychological Disorders
  • PSYC 324 Perspectives on Disability and Illness
  • PSYC 354 Psychology of Social/Cultural Diversity
  • PSYC 228 Psychology of Personality
  • PSYC 325 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC 390 Internship in Psychology (3 credits)

History
  • HIST 222 Flatlined: History and Politics of U.S. Healthcare

English
  • ENGL 316W Literature in Medicine

Philosophy
  • PHIL 314 Philosophy of Aging

Ethics Courses

(only one of the following ethics courses will count for the minor/certificate)

  • HCE 330 Global Bioethics
  • UCOR 253 Health Care Ethics (Theology)
  • UCOR 254 Health Care Ethics: Philosophy