Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies

Health Studies Electives

Health Studies elective interest areas

Health Studies students are required to complete health electives within the major, which are approved by Health Studies faculty each year. The approved electives are categorized into four interest areas: 1) Health & Life Sciences, 2) Community Health Interventions & Practice, 3) Health & Society, and 4) Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics.

Each area contains a curated list of courses that may aid in your career development and pathways in health. Students are not required to take courses within a specific interest area; the interest areas below should be used as a guide for your elective selection. Please note that the career pathways listed below are meant to be an example of how elective courses may aid students in their professional development; there may be overlap present in both the coursework and pathways.

Please direct any questions that you may have about interest areas and elective courses to your Health Studies advisor.

Check out the Summer 2021 Course Information Spreadsheet and Autumn 2021 Course Information Spreadsheet for details on quarter specific electives.

Health & life sciences

Curated for students with a particular interest in the intersection of health and natural/physical sciences, and students who are seeking to fill common prerequisite courses for advanced study in the health sciences (such as biology and chemistry; or schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, etc.). If you are considering applying to a pre-professional health program after graduation, we encourage you to meet with your Health Studies advisor and the UWB Pre-Health advisor to discuss your elective selection.

The following are examples of career pathways which may be held by those interested in Health & Life Sciences:

  • Medicine and Allied Health Professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Physician’s Assistant, Pharmacy, Nursing, Midwifery, and Physical Therapy.
  • Infectious Disease: Epidemiologist, Infectious Disease Researcher, Pandemic Response, Contact Tracing, Medical Officer, Public Health Nurse, Public Health Veterinarian, Public Health Advisor, Vaccine Researcher, Disease Ecologist, and Infection Preventionist.
  • Maternal & Child Health: Doula, Home Health Nurse, WIC Nutritionist, and Lactation Consultant.
  • Chronic Disease & Cancer: Medical Epidemiologist, Cancer Biologist, Hospice Care, Tobacco Quitline Coach, Behavioral Scientist, Study Coordinator, and Chronic and Infectious Disease Specialist.
  • Public Safety: Injury Prevention Specialist, Gun Safety Specialist, Forensic Nurse, Director of Emergency Medical Services, Specialist in Poison Information, Forensic Pathologist, Health & Safety Specialist, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Disaster Preparedness Researcher, and Biodefense Researcher.
  • Environmental Health: Toxicologist, Poison Prevention Specialist, Environmental Engineer, Hazardous Waste Inspector, Hydrologist, Environmental Health Nurse, and Health Physicist.
  • Occupational Health: Occupational Medicine Physician, Employee Health Nurse, and Industrial Hygienist.
  • Food Safety & Nutrition: Nutrition Consultant, Food Service Sanitation, Food Inspector, Consumer Safety Officer, and Food Scientist
  • Pharmaceuticals & Drug Safety: Pharmacist, Medical Officer for Drug Evaluation & Safety, Biostatician, and Regulatory Affairs Specialist.
  • Laboratory and Health Monitoring Professions: Biotechnology, Medical Education, Public Health Geneticist, Implementation Scientist, Nanotechnology Researcher, Health Researcher, and Medical Writer.

Community health interventions & practice

Curated for students interested in aspects of community and population level health intervention and practice, such as health communication, health promotion, healthcare services and utilization, and community-based partnership for research and practice.

The following are examples of career pathways which may be held by those interested in Community Health:

  • Health Education & Communication: Health Educator / Health Education Specialist, Health Communications Director, Peer Health Educator, Health Promotion Coordinator, Sex Health Educator, Public Health Nutrition Specialist
  • Community Organizing and Care: Community Health Worker, Program Director (non-profit; county, state, national, global), Social Worker, Health Outreach Assistant, Counselor, Health Care Outreach Specialist, Patient Navigator, and Community Outreach & Engagement Specialist
  • Evaluation & Quality: Program Evaluator, Quality Improvement Specialist, Outcomes Researcher, Informatics Specialist, and Patient Safety Specialist
  • Other: Health Coach, Dance Instructor, Urban Planner, Chef, Art / Music Therapy, and Worksite Wellness Manager

Health & society

Curated for students interested in how societal, cultural, and systems-level factors influence health. Topics explored include social determinants of health, culture of health and illness, public health history, and socio-behavioral sciences.

The following are examples of career pathways which may be held by those interested in Health & Society:

  • Education: Health Educator / Health Education Specialist, Health Teacher, Continuing Education Coordinator, Education Consultant, and Professor or Dean within a University
  • Health Disparities: Officer of Minority Health, Patient Navigator, Correctional Medicine Physician, Disease Prevention Activist, and Community Outreach & Engagement Specialist
  • Mental Health: Mental Health Researcher, Public Health Social Worker, Case Manager, Coordinator, Behavioral Health Programs, Counselor, Health Psychology / Community Psychology
  • Nonprofit Services or Government Organizations: Grant Writer, Developing Director, Program Officer / Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Director of a Professional Organization
  • Health Communication: Health Journalist,  Public Information Specialist, Health Communications Director, Social Marketer, Medical Illustrator, and Medical Writer
  • Military: Air Force Public Health Officer, Army Preventative Medical Officer, Army Health Promotion Officer
  • Other: Medical Sociology and Anthropology, Victim Advocate, Social Epidemiologist, and Health Researcher, Health Research Coordinator

Health policy, leadership, & ethics

Curated for students interested in health policy and management within health systems, health justice,  leadership in health sector roles, and ethics issues in clinical and population contexts.

The following are examples of career pathways for those interested in Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics:

  • Public Health Law, Regulations, & Policy: Advocacy Director, Policy Analyst, Health Legislative Assistant, Health Economist, Public Health Lawyer, Health Policy Coordinator, Administrative Law Judge, Global Health Lawyer, Consumer Advocate, and Public Health Lobbyist.
  • Health Management & Administration: Health Care Administrator,  Public & Global Health Services Manager, Hospital Administrator, Health Department Administrator, Administrative Assistant, Program Coordinator, Health Commissioner, Medical Director, Federal Agency Director,  and Non-profit Director/Executive 
  • Other: Community Organizer, Community Activist, Medical Ethicist 

 

Health Studies elective list

 
School of Nursing & Health Studies
School of Nursing & Health Studies Electives
Course Interest Area
BHLTH 179 (Interpersonal Communication)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 196 (Preparing to Work in Partnership with Communities)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 197 (Preparatory Topics in Health)
  • Varies - see advisor
BHLTH 198 (Intro to Physical Activity, Nutrition, & Health)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 199 (Understanding Global Health Through Film)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 200 (Lifespan Development)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 201 (Intro to GLobal Health)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 216 (Culture & Religions Influence on Food Choices)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 217 (Nutrition and the Older Adult)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 218 (Nutritional Science)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 219 (Lifespan Nutrition)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 220 (Community Nutrition)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 221 (Dimensions of Personal Health & Wellness)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 222 (Latina/o Health & Culture)  
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 223 (Feminist Approaches to Women’s Health)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 224 (Disease, Human History, Society, & Civilization)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health & Society

BHLTH 225 (Intro to Cancer Biology)

(duplicate course to B BIO 233)

  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 226 (Race, Socioeconomic Status, & Health)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 227 (Migration & Population Health)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 228 (Infectious Disease Detectives)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 229 (Quarantine & Isolation)
  •  Health & Society
BHLTH 297 (Selected Introductory Topics in Health)
  • Varies - see advisor
BHLTH 301 (Global Health Practice)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 320 (Human Health & the Environment)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 397 (Current Health Topics)
  • Varies - see advisor
BHLTH 402 (Microbiology, Disease, & Global Health)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 405 (Race, Power, & Food)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 406 (Infectious Disease & Art)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 410 (Genetics & Public Health)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BHLTH 411 (Environments & Health)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 412 (Narratives of Illness & Healing)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 413 (Pandemics, Plagues, & Fear)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 420 (Women’s Global Health & Human Rights)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 421 (Food & Culture)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 422 (Walking in Beauty: Native Art & Healing)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 423 (Global Health: Critical Perspectives)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 424 (Root Issues in American Indian Health)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 425 (Health in a Developing Nation)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 426 (Exploring the Humanities in Healthcare)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 427 (Women, Culture, & Healing)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 428 (Adolescent Health)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 429 (Global & Local Health Inequalities & Interventions)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 430 (Health Policies & Politics on a Global Context)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 431 (Representations of Health Policy & Ethics in Film)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 435 (Foundations & Principles of Health Education)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 436 (Intro to Management & Leadership for Health)
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 437 (Program Planning for Health Education)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 438 (Program Evaluation for Health Education)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 439 (Health Policy & Advocacy)
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BHLTH 440 (Health of Military Veterans)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 441 (Community Engagement in Health Interventions)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 442 (Family Caregiving Across the Lifespan)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 443 (Assessment of Older Adults)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 444 (Disaster Preparation)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BHLTH 460 (Women, Rhetoric, & Healing)
  • Health & Society
BHLTH 497 (Selected Topics in Health)
  • Varies - see advisor
School of STEM
Health Studies Electives in STEM
Course Interest Area
BBIO 180 (Introductory Biology I)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 200 (Introductory Biology II)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 231 (Introductory Biology III)
  • Health & Life Sciences

BBIO 232 (Genes, Genomes, & Heredity)

(duplicate course to BISSTS 231)

  • Health & Life Sciences

BBIO 233 (Cancer: Biology, Risk, & Treatment)

(duplicate course to BHLTH 225)

  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 260 (Medical Microbiology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 310 (Brain & Behavior)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health & Society
BBIO 351 (Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 352 (Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 355 (Behavioral Endocrinology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 360 (Intro to Genetics)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO/BCHEM 364 (Biochemistry I)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO/BCHEM 365 (Biochemistry II)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 370 (Microbiology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 372 (Stem Cells)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO/BCHEM  375 (Molecular Biology
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 380 (Cell Biology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 383 (Bioinformatics)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 390 (Diseases & Disorders of the Nervous System)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 470 (Microbiology II)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BBIO 480 (Neurobiology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 143/144 (General Chemistry I with Lab)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 153/154 (General Chemistry II with Lab)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 163/164 (General Chemistry III with Lab)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 237 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 238/241 (Organic Chemistry II with Lab)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 239/242 (Organic Chemistry III with Lab)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BCHEM 312 (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BEARTH 320 (Impacts of Climate Change)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BEARTH 341 (Natural Hazards & Human Disasters)
  • Health & Life Sciences
School of IAS
Health Studies Electives in IAS
Course Interest Area
BIS 170 (Intro to Psychology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health & Society
BIS 220 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health & Society
BIS 221 (Gender & Sexuality)
  • Health & Society
BIS 225 (Social Psychology)
  • Health & Society
BIS 226 (Foundations of U.S. Social Services)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BIS 242 (Environmental Geography)
  • Health & Society
BIS 265 (Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies)
  • Health & Society
BIS 270 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health & Society
BIS 307 (Environmental Justice)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BIS 310 (Women, Culture, & Development)
  • Health & Society
BIS 337 (Risk & Resilience)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BIS 348 (Cultural Psychology)
  • Health & Society
BIS 352 (Community Mapping)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BIS 353 (Human Rights Theory & Practice)
  • Health & Society
BIS 355 (History of Science & Technology)
  • Health & Society
BIS 380 (Bioethics)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BIS 384 (Health, Medicine, & Society)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BIS 415 (Public Policy & Law)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BIS 468 (Human Rights & Sustainable Development)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BISCP 343 (Community Psychology)
  • Health & Society
BISLEP 301 (Law, Economics, & Public Policy)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BISSEB 304 (Institutions & Social Change)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BISSEB 359 (Ethics & Society)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics

BISSTS 231 (Genes, Genomes, & Heredity)

(duplicate course to B BIO 231)

  • Health & Life Sciences
BISSTS 307 (Science, Technology, & Society)
  • Health & Life Sciences
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BISSTS 420 (Race, Gender, Science, & Medicine)
  • Health & Society
School of Educational Studies
Health Electives in the School of Educational Studies
Course Interest Area
BEDUC 220 (Education & Society)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics
BEDUC 230 (Culture, Knowledge, & Education)
  • Community Health Intervention & Practice
BEDUC 402 (Human Growth & Learning)
  • Health & Life Sciences
BEDUC 456 (Adolescents in School & Society)
  • Health & Society
BEDUC 460 (Moral Dimensions of Education)
  • Health & Society
  • Health Policy, Leadership, & Ethics