Medicine and Healthcare Objectives

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Provide an appropriate and complete curricular framework for learning about the interdisciplinary scope of healthcare professional practice.

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Expose students to the breadth of health professional careers and to the different perspectives of practicing health professionals.

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Have students experience work in a health professional field and relate their experience to their coursework.

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Graduates will pursue health professional career paths that fit their interests, priorities and aptitudes.

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Graduates will be prepared and do well on assessments used for admittance to health professional graduate programs.

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As health professionals, graduates will incorporate the breadth of knowledge and perspectives to be humanistic health practitioners.

Medicine and Healthcare Options

Track Options
  • Pre-Dentistry.
  • Pre-Medicine.
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy.
  • Pre-Physician Assistant.
  • Pre-Vet.


Related Majors
  • Biology.
  • Biomolecular Science.
  • Chemistry.
  • Psychology.

Medicine and Healthcare Curriculum

A minor in Medicine and Healthcare is available to students in all degree programs. To obtain a minor, students must complete 23 credits:

Required courses (14 credits):

  1. BY 471 Anatomy and Physiology I [Fall]

  2. PY463 Health Psychology [C1, Fall]
  3. Either PHIL 241 Medical Ethics [UNIV/CGI/IG, Odd Springs]
    Or BIE 400 Responsible Conduct of Research [STS, Spring]
  4. Either HIST 335 History of Medicine in Europe and North America [UNIV/CGI/STS, C1, Fall]
    Or HIST 321 History of Public Health in America [UNIV/CSO/STS, C1, Spring]
  5. HS 220 Medicine & Healthcare Profession Seminar (new course, 1 credit, Spring)
  6. HS 405 Experiential Learning in Healthcare (new course, 1 credit, every semester)



    HS220 Medicine & Healthcare Profession Seminar

    This is a new seminar course, organized by the Career Center with assistance of the Pre-Health Advising Coordinator and in consultation with the Clarkson Health Professions Committee Chair. It meets semi-weekly, and uses the seminar format to bring in human health professionals from a diversity of fields to discuss their professions, including what their professions encompass, the academic and experiential track they followed to become medical professionals, their perspective on the future directions of their fields, and opportunities for Clarkson students to pursue these fields. It will also bring representatives of different professional schools to discuss admission, expenses, and career opportunities.

    HS405 Experiential Learning in Medicine & Healthcare

    A student, to complete the minor, is required to accumulate at least 50 hours of work in a health profession setting. The work must include some form of interaction with health professionals and with patients or analogous health-service recipients. Examples include healthcare internships or volunteer positions at a hospital or clinic, completions of HS 210 Health Coaches II, serving as an EMT or emergency first-responder, serving as an athletic trainer. Conducting research with medical applications that does not involve working with patients/ health-service recipients will not meet the requirements for this course. In order to satisfy this requirement, the student must enroll in HS405 Experiential Learning in Medicine & Healthcare and, by the end of the relevant semester, have submitted evidence of the work experience hours completed along with a short (around 2 page) self-reflective essay. The essay should describe what the student did and learned during the experience, and how the experience has affected the student’s professional goals and preparation. It is not necessary to enroll in HS405 prior to the work experience, and indeed it is often more practical for students to enroll in HS405 at some point after they have completed the necessary hours.

    Medicine and Healthcare Electives

    Electives (9 creditsinclude at least three credits from each of the three categories:

    Category 1: Biomedical Science & Engineering
    • BY315 Bioinformatics for Disease Research
    • BY324 Parasitology
    • BY383 Molecular Genetics & Human Disease
    • BY416/ EHS415 Principals of Toxicology & Epidemiology
    • BY419 Immunology 
    • BY363 Pharmacology of Infectious Disease
    • BY440 Introduction to Biomedical Rehabilitation Engineering & Science
    • BY448 Medical Microbiology
    • BY452 Pharmacology
    • BY455 Cell & Molecular Biology of Cancer 
    • BY472 Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BY473 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
    • BY474 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab  
    • BY476 Current Topics in Biology & Medicine 
    • BY485 Neural Engineering
    • BY488 Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
    • BR200 Intro to Biomedical & Rehabilitation Engineering 
    • CM444 Medicinal Chemistry
    • CM453 Introduction to Biomaterials
    • CM460 Biochemistry I
    • PY462 Abnormal Psychology


    Category 3: Healthcare & the Humanities
    • ANTH330 Men and Masculinities
    • Either PHIL241 Medical Ethics
      Or BIE400 Responsible Conduct of Research – whichever not used to fulfill the required course.
    • HIST270 Introduction to Society, Culture & Biology 
    • HIST338 Women, Gender and Science in American History 
    • HIST353 Medicine & Ethics, 3rd Reich 
    • HIST331 Ancient Medicine and Magic
    • HIST459 Neuroscience & Society 
    • Either HIST335 History of Medicine in Europe and North America
      Or HIST321 History of Public Health in America – whichever not used to fulfill the required course.
    • POL/PHIL380 The Law and Bioethics
    • SS221 Introduction to Sexuality
    Category 2: Healthcare & Social Sciences
    • HS200 Health Coaches I
    • PY310 Human Sexuality 
    • PY317 Psychology of Psychoactive Drugs 
    • PY363 Judgment and Decision Making for the Biomedical Sciences
    • PY411 Counseling Psychology: Theory and Practice
    • SOC330 Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment
    • POL431 Health Care Policy