Career opportunities in healthcare and health-related areas are on the rise. In addition, there is increasing interest on the part of college students for evidence-based knowledge for personal lifestyle improvement. We have thus made it possible for students majoring in other areas to minor in Health Sciences.
Those entering health professions such as medicine and dentistry, who are not Health Sciences majors, enhance their transcript by official recognition of courses in areas such as bioethics, health information management and nutrition. Those entering non-health professions will find that a familiarity with health determinants, the health care system and nutrition impacts on a myriad of disciplines: Communication and English majors can enhance their ability to present information about health, wellness and nutrition. Behavioral science majors who pursue mental health careers will have a better background when helping clients make lifestyle changes. Engineering majors will be better positioned when working with electronic health records, nutrition-related software and health-related websites.
The minor requires that students take at least 15 credits from a list of Health Sciences/Nutrition Sciences courses. One course, HSCI 190: Community Health Implications is required and no more than one additional 100 level course may be taken. At least one 400 level course is required as well. This program is available to both Manhattan and Old Westbury students as almost all courses are offered with an online option. There are however, three course options offered only as face-to-face and blended sections that are offered only on the Old Westbury campus.
Declaring a minor is easy: Fill out the Application to Declare Undergraduate Minor form (PDF) and then have it signed by the Director of Health Sciences, Dr. Mindy Haar. This can be done in person, by email scan or by fax. To arrange to have the form signed or for more information you may contact Ms. Maria Gerard, administrative assistant for Health Sciences, at 516.686.3803 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Once the form is signed, you just bring it to the Registrar’s Office.