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School of Education & Health Sciences

Department of Kinesiology

Health Science

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Why choose health science at North Central College?

The Health Science major offers students an avenue to enter the world of health, health care or allied health fields. With an undergraduate degree, you will be prepared to practice in today’s rapidly expanding field of health professions, including public and community health, nonprofit and government agencies, insurance companies and hospitals. This program can also serve as the foundational major for preparing you to enter graduate programs in public health or clinical professions such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant. In addition, this major can provide guidance for students who are interested in a career in health sciences but have not chosen a specific field. As an interdisciplinary program, the Health Science major offers a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences to develop communication and critical-thinking skills, so graduates are productive members and leaders of health care teams. Health Science majors will integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone seminar and an internship related to their career interests.

You can also:

  • Learn from an experienced faculty with vast and varied professional backgrounds.
  • Attend local, state, regional and national conferences.
  • Participate in undergraduate research with faculty.
  • Join the Pre-Health Organization for cocurricular enrichment.
  • Gain experience as a Peer Health Educator by working with Dyson Wellness Center professionals to improve the wellness of your peers.
  • Prepare for professional roles in health care though interprofessional education, which brings together students from varied areas of health care to learn together.

Health Science B.A.

The North Central College Health Science major offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the health sciences and enter the world of health care. The curriculum is built on a strong liberal arts and sciences, multidisciplinary, core foundation including courses in anatomy, physiology, sociology, ethics and communication that are central to the discipline. Students may also choose to complete pre-requisite courses (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, health education and promotion), allowing them to design their own academic roadmap to fit their career interests. Students integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone internship related to their intended field of study.

Students will be prepared to practice in today's rapidly-evolving world of healthcare fields (e.g., public or community health, community or governmental agencies, the insurance industry or hospitals) or to pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant). Development of strong communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized with the goal of students being prepared to practice as evidence-based, culturally competent and patient/client centered professionals.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Kinesiology.

Major Requirements

  • KIN 155 - Introduction to the Health Sciences

    KIN 155 - Introduction to the Health Sciences

    2.00 credit hours

    A gateway for Health Science majors, providing an overview of the wide variety of careers in the health sciences. Speakers will be invited to discuss their role in the health care system, educational and professional requirements, practice settings and professional organizations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 156 - Medical Terminology

    KIN 156 - Medical Terminology

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic medical language skills are introduced. Required competencies to increase the student's abilities to examine medical literature and to communicate with health care professionals are developed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 210 - Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

    KIN 210 - Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

    2.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the fundamental practice of applying medical evidence to clinical practice across the health professions. Students learn the basic concepts of evidence based practice as it applies to health care and the interpretation of research, enabling students to discuss these findings with patients and peers in order to make collaborative, patient/client-centered health-care decisions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 250 and KIN 156.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 230 - Community Health

    KIN 230 - Community Health

    3.00 credit hours

    Critical analysis of cultural and economic factors on the health of individuals and society and the relationship to the planning and evaluating of community health programs are addressed. Emphasis on the facilitation of school health program collaborations are examined as an avenue of addressing public health issues amongst community constituents with children and young adults.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 247 - Human Anatomy

    KIN 247 - Human Anatomy

    3.50 credit hours

    An in-depth study of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the human body including bones, bony processes, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and major blood vessels of the human body. This course relates the structure of human anatomy to the injury and rehabilitation processes as well as the study of exercise and health education. Each body region discussed will include a discussion of the related bones, boney types and structures, joint types and movements, ligaments, muscular types, origins, insertions, innervations and actions and related structures, such as bursa, retinacula and fascia. Laboratory studies include exploration of the gross anatomy of the musculoskeletal systems of the human body through modeling. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 147.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 280 - Human Physiology

    KIN 280 - Human Physiology

    3.00 credit hours

    Further study of the control and function of human organ systems. Pathophysiological conditions associated with each system are studied. The role of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle in the progression and treatment of disease are covered for pathophysiological conditions and special populations where appropriate.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 247 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 310 - Principles of Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

    KIN 310 - Principles of Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    The basic principles and methods of epidemiology and their application to research in the health sciences. Students develop fundamental skills necessary to interpret and critically evaluate relevant literature in the health sciences and the utilization of an epidemiological approach to disease and intervention.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 315 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences

    KIN 315 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as a bridge between evidence-based practice and health care research methods by presenting the study of systematic approaches in conducting research which can be applied to several specialties in the health sciences. A practical approach to both quantitative and qualitative research will be addressed, including development of a question, conducting comprehensive literature reviews, development of a hypothesis, identification of variables and drafting research proposals.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 210 and KIN 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 415 - Health Care Systems and Policy

    KIN 415 - Health Care Systems and Policy

    3.00 credit hours

    Students explore the structure and function of the U.S. Health Care System. A multidisciplinary examination of the delivery, quality and cost of health care will include a broad, fundamental overview of the healthcare industry, as well as the application of health care informatics on care delivery.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 215 and SOA 335.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 495 - Senior Seminar and Internship

    KIN 495 - Senior Seminar and Internship

    2.00 credit hours

    This dynamic and interactive course serves as the capstone for the Health Science major. Students complete an internship while attending the seminar once weekly. The seminar allows students to review, assess and apply concepts learned throughout the major course sequence. It also allows the development of inter-professional healthcare skills.
     

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 370 - Health Communication

    COM 370 - Health Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 213 - Health Care Ethics

    PHL 213 - Health Care Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will be provided with an overview of health care ethics by introducing them to areas of ethical concern in the practice, distribution and administration of health care. Skills in the process of ethical analysis and problem solving will be developed, as well as an understanding of the overall role of critical thinking in resolving ethical conflicts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 215 - Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care

    SOA 215 - Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care

    3.00 credit hours

    Sociology provides a distinct lens through which to view health, illness, treatment seeking and the organization of medical care. This course covers the theoretical orientations that guide sociological insight into these areas and the current state of empirical knowledge in the field. Topics include the social origins of illness; lay beliefs about disease; sociodemographic variations in health care utilization; the profession of medicine; the structure of the American health care system; and cross-national disparities in health and longevity. The course expands students' critical thinking and analytic skills in order to challenge our assumptions about the social foundations of health disparities, the sovereignty of medical providers and the administration of health care.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 335 - Cultural Competency in the Health Sciences

    SOA 335 - Cultural Competency in the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Issues of health care delivery are explained through the presentation of models and theories of cultural competence. Students are prepared to understand how societal and cultural influences impact the navigation of health care systems.
     

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

Prerequisite Course

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

Health Science, B.S.

The North Central College Health Science major offers students an interdisciplinary program to study the health sciences and enter the world of health care. The curriculum is built on a strong liberal arts and sciences, multidisciplinary, core foundation including courses in anatomy, physiology, sociology, ethics and communication that are central to the discipline. Students may also choose to complete pre-requisite courses (e.g., pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-nursing, pre-physician assistant, health education and promotion), allowing them to design their own academic roadmap to fit their career interests. Students will integrate all aspects of the curriculum by completing a capstone internship related to their intended field of study.

Students will be prepared to practice in today's rapidly-evolving world of healthcare fields (e.g., public or community health, community or governmental agencies, the insurance industry or hospitals) or to pursue graduate programs in public health or a clinical profession (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy or physician assistant). Development of strong communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are emphasized with the goal of students being prepared to practice as evidence-based, culturally competent and patient/client centered professionals.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Kinesiology.

Major Requirements

  • KIN 155 - Introduction to the Health Sciences

    KIN 155 - Introduction to the Health Sciences

    2.00 credit hours

    A gateway for Health Science majors, providing an overview of the wide variety of careers in the health sciences. Speakers will be invited to discuss their role in the health care system, educational and professional requirements, practice settings and professional organizations.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 156 - Medical Terminology

    KIN 156 - Medical Terminology

    2.00 credit hours

    Basic medical language skills are introduced. Required competencies to increase the student's abilities to examine medical literature and to communicate with health care professionals are developed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 210 - Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

    KIN 210 - Evidence-Based Practice in Health Care

    2.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the fundamental practice of applying medical evidence to clinical practice across the health professions. Students learn the basic concepts of evidence based practice as it applies to health care and the interpretation of research, enabling students to discuss these findings with patients and peers in order to make collaborative, patient/client-centered health-care decisions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 250 and KIN 156.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 230 - Community Health

    KIN 230 - Community Health

    3.00 credit hours

    Critical analysis of cultural and economic factors on the health of individuals and society and the relationship to the planning and evaluating of community health programs are addressed. Emphasis on the facilitation of school health program collaborations are examined as an avenue of addressing public health issues amongst community constituents with children and young adults.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 247 - Human Anatomy

    KIN 247 - Human Anatomy

    3.50 credit hours

    An in-depth study of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the human body including bones, bony processes, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves and major blood vessels of the human body. This course relates the structure of human anatomy to the injury and rehabilitation processes as well as the study of exercise and health education. Each body region discussed will include a discussion of the related bones, boney types and structures, joint types and movements, ligaments, muscular types, origins, insertions, innervations and actions and related structures, such as bursa, retinacula and fascia. Laboratory studies include exploration of the gross anatomy of the musculoskeletal systems of the human body through modeling. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    BIO 147.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 280 - Human Physiology

    KIN 280 - Human Physiology

    3.00 credit hours

    Further study of the control and function of human organ systems. Pathophysiological conditions associated with each system are studied. The role of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle in the progression and treatment of disease are covered for pathophysiological conditions and special populations where appropriate.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 247 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 310 - Principles of Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

    KIN 310 - Principles of Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    The basic principles and methods of epidemiology and their application to research in the health sciences. Students develop fundamental skills necessary to interpret and critically evaluate relevant literature in the health sciences and the utilization of an epidemiological approach to disease and intervention.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 315 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences

    KIN 315 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    This course serves as a bridge between evidence-based practice and health care research methods by presenting the study of systematic approaches in conducting research which can be applied to several specialties in the health sciences. A practical approach to both quantitative and qualitative research will be addressed, including development of a question, conducting comprehensive literature reviews, development of a hypothesis, identification of variables and drafting research proposals.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 210 and KIN 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 415 - Health Care Systems and Policy

    KIN 415 - Health Care Systems and Policy

    3.00 credit hours

    Students explore the structure and function of the U.S. Health Care System. A multidisciplinary examination of the delivery, quality and cost of health care will include a broad, fundamental overview of the healthcare industry, as well as the application of health care informatics on care delivery.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 215 and SOA 335.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 495 - Senior Seminar and Internship

    KIN 495 - Senior Seminar and Internship

    2.00 credit hours

    This dynamic and interactive course serves as the capstone for the Health Science major. Students complete an internship while attending the seminar once weekly. The seminar allows students to review, assess and apply concepts learned throughout the major course sequence. It also allows the development of inter-professional healthcare skills.
     

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 147 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3.75 credit hours

    The structure, function, and integration of systems of the human body. Laboratory studies in mammalian dissection and physiology. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Strong science background or BIO 100 or BIO 104.

    Core

    Science (Lab).

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 370 - Health Communication

    COM 370 - Health Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    Summative course examining the intertwining of communication with issues of health and medicine. Emphasis on the unique cultural, media, political-legal, interpersonal and organizational factors influencing communication in healthcare settings.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 213 - Health Care Ethics

    PHL 213 - Health Care Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will be provided with an overview of health care ethics by introducing them to areas of ethical concern in the practice, distribution and administration of health care. Skills in the process of ethical analysis and problem solving will be developed, as well as an understanding of the overall role of critical thinking in resolving ethical conflicts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 215 - Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care

    SOA 215 - Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care

    3.00 credit hours

    Sociology provides a distinct lens through which to view health, illness, treatment seeking and the organization of medical care. This course covers the theoretical orientations that guide sociological insight into these areas and the current state of empirical knowledge in the field. Topics include the social origins of illness; lay beliefs about disease; sociodemographic variations in health care utilization; the profession of medicine; the structure of the American health care system; and cross-national disparities in health and longevity. The course expands students' critical thinking and analytic skills in order to challenge our assumptions about the social foundations of health disparities, the sovereignty of medical providers and the administration of health care.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 335 - Cultural Competency in the Health Sciences

    SOA 335 - Cultural Competency in the Health Sciences

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Issues of health care delivery are explained through the presentation of models and theories of cultural competence. Students are prepared to understand how societal and cultural influences impact the navigation of health care systems.
     

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 280.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MTH 152 - Calculus II

    MTH 152 - Calculus II

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuation of Calculus I with emphasis on integration and its applications. Required for the B.S. degree in any department.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 141 or MTH 151.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Nine credit hours from two of the following areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics above MTH 152 
  • Life science or physical science courses(s), beyond the courses used to fulfill general education requirements, and that count toward a major in a science discipline

Prerequisite Course

  • PSY 250 - Statistics

    PSY 250 - Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    A course stressing the methods, concepts and logic underlying the statistical evaluation of research data. The course stresses descriptive and inferential statistics, estimation and hypothesis testing and "why" as well as "when" to use various statistical methods. A working knowledge of basic algebraic techniques is necessary. Only one of PSY 250 and BUS 241/ECN 241 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 118 or higher.

    Core

    Mathematics.
    IAI

    M1 902

    Schedule Of Classes

Health Science Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • An internship is required of all majors and will be tailored to meet each student’s specific career interests.

Career opportunities include:

  • Community and public health agencies
  • Non-profit organizations (such as American Red Cross, American Cancer Society)
  • Health insurance agencies
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Graduate programs in health or healthcare fields

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