Area of Emphasis Electives
Course Concentrations For General Interest And
Associate Degree Completion Tracks
Highly Recommended Certificate Programs
Highly Recommended Minor Programs
Recommended Minor Programs
Recommendations for Area of Emphasis:
The BSHS major requires that a student complete 53 credits toward an area of emphasis, in addition to the Core HSC courses. While students are free to design their own area of emphasis with their HSC advisor, it is recommended that students tailor their emphasis in the one of the areas suggested below, which could include completing a minor or certificate program from a different department or college to assure that the student receives an adequate background in their area of interest. All students completing the General Interest Track MUST obtain their advisor’s written approval of their area of emphasis.
When designing their area of emphasis, students are encouraged to think about skills they may need to help them succeed in the work force. With this in mind, the Department of Health Sciences has identified some recommended areas of study. Many students completing the general interest track or associate degree completion track may consider completing minors and/or certificates offered by other departments. These courses will be applied toward your HSC major. The University requires that a minimum of 16 credit hours toward the area of emphasis MUST be completed at Cleveland State University.
Students must have 53 credits toward their area of emphasis. Students may select a pre-approved area of emphasis, certificate program, and/or choose from a list of pre-approved electives.
We highly recommend that students select at least one of the pre-approved areas of emphasis: Human Factors, Health and Wellness, or Community Health Issues. We also highly recommend that students consider completing either the Gerontology Studies Certificate or Culture, Communication and Health Certificate, or other highly recommended or recommended certificates/minors from other departments.
Students also may choose from a list of pre-approved electives which can be added to complete their area of emphasis or seek approval from the B.S. in Health Sciences Program of other courses not listed on this website. Health Science honors students may apply their HSC honors courses to their area of emphasis.
Human Factors: This area of concentration focuses on how the human body functions and includes courses already offered by HSC, PED, and SPH. Students should take a minimum of 4 courses on this list that will be applied toward their area of emphasis.
Health and Wellness: This concentration explores health and wellness issues across the lifespan from an interdisciplinary perspective. Many courses are offered in HSC, HED, PED, PSY, SOC, and SWK. Students should take a minimum of 4 courses on this list that will go toward their area of emphasis.
Community Health Issues: This concentration explores how society and culture impact access to health care or important community issues that affect individual wellbeing. HSC, SOC and UST offer courses relevant to this concentration. Students should take a minimum of 4 courses on this list that will be applied toward their area of emphasis.
Pre-Physician Assistant (A new proposed Track – approval pending: currently part of general interest track)
Recommended electives (need 9 additional credits to complete area of emphasis):
Students should also consider doing a career experience. The PA program at Tri-C requires minimum of 3.0 in math and sciences, minimum of 2080 hours of patient care (1 year), 40 hrs of shadowing a PA
Highly Recommended Certificate Programs Available through the Dept of Health Sciences: (may be applied toward the HSC Major. Advising for these certificates is provided by the COS/HSC advisers).
*Highly Recommended Certificates from other departments: ( All courses within these certificates may be applied toward the HSC Major: Students are responsible for contacting these departments for advising on the certificate requirements).
*Highly Recommended Minors from other Departments: (All courses within these minors may be applied toward the HSC Major: Students are responsible for contacting these departments for advising on the minor requirements)
Recommended Certificates from other departments: (All courses within these certificates may be applied toward the HSC Major: Students are responsible for contacting these departments for advising on the certificate requirements).
Recommended Minors from other Departments:
(Students are responsible for contacting these departments for advising on the minor requirements. Not all courses within these minors will be counted toward the Area of Emphasis. Consult with a HSC advisor for details.)