Health Studies Major

In the United States, the health-care industry is big business, with annual expenditures of more than $2 trillion a year consuming more than 17 percent of the gross domestic product. Health is a major factor in the productivity of enterprises, and health-care costs play a major role on the bottom line of every business. All businesses that provide benefits to their employees spend a large share of their energies on issues related to the health of their employees and the ever-changing dynamics of the health insurance industry.

Despite recent reforms, our nation is currently on an unsustainable path of increasing health-care costs. The causes for this predicament are complex, and its solution will require considerable ingenuity and creativity, taking into account biology, technology, society and business. A student with a Health Studies degree will be prepared to help individuals and organizations acquire, convert or translate scientific, psychological and business perspectives into more effective health-care delivery.

The Health Studies major is an innovative program that integrates the Natural and Applied Sciences health and psychology curricula with Bentley’s core programs in business. In addition to a strong foundation in the laboratory sciences, students with a Health Studies degree will have the flexibility to tailor their studies to specific areas of interest, such as policy, psychology, biotechnology, and global or environmental health.

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
NASC 110Human Biology4
or NASC 116 Chemistry of Life
NASE 315Human Health and Disease in Today's World3
PS 340Health Psychology3
Senior Capstone Experience: Internship in Natural and Applied Sciences or Research in Natural and Applied Sciences 3
Four Health, Psychology or Interdepartmental electives (organized according to one of the following tracks):9 to 12

General Health Studies

CourseTitleCredits
Select three or four electives from the following:9 to 12
Human Biology (if not taken as required course)
Chemistry of Life (if not taken as required course)
Health of Nations: Anatomy and Function of Health Systems in the United States and Around the World
The Science and Business of Biotechnology
Human Nutrition: From Science to Life
Biology of Mind
Global Health Challenges
Human Inheritance
Water Quality
Science of Environmental Policy
Special Topics in Applied and Natural Sciences
Pioneers in Psychology
Dynamics of Personality
Child Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Environmental Psychology
Social Psychology
Gender Psychology
Human Relations in Health Care
Psychology of Self
Abnormal Psychology
Experimental course in PS (if appropriate)
Select no more than one elective from the following:0 to 3
Drugs and Society
Health, Illness and Everyday Life
Social Policy: Privatization of Public Benefits
Health Economics
Drugs Trades in World History
American Environmental History
Decision Support and Business Intelligence
Special Problems in Business and Professional Ethics

Health Policy

CourseTitleCredits
NASE 308Health of Nations: Anatomy and Function of Health Systems in the United States and Around the World3
NASE 309The Science and Business of Biotechnology3
PS 341Human Relations in Health Care3
Select one of the following:3
Health Economics
Health, Illness and Everyday Life
Social Policy: Privatization of Public Benefits

Health Psychology

CourseTitleCredits
Select four of the following:12
Biology of Mind
Human Inheritance
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Relations in Health Care
Nonverbal Behavior and Judging Others
Abnormal Psychology

Biotechnology

CourseTitleCredits
Select four of the following:12
NASE Experimental Courses (if appropriate)
The Science and Business of Biotechnology
Human Inheritance
Health, Illness and Everyday Life

Environmental Health

CourseTitleCredits
Select four of the following:12
Global Health Challenges
Water Quality
Science of Environmental Policy
NASE Experimental Courses (if appropriate)
Seminar in Natural and Applied Sciences
Special Topics in Applied and Natural Sciences
Environmental Psychology
Environmental Economics
American Environmental History