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Magdalene Figuccio, MSN
Director, Undergraduate Programs in BHA
Phone: (973) 290-4157
Email: mfiguccio@cse.edu
Office: Henderson Hall - Room 123

Allied Health Studies

Program Overview

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting that managerial opportunities in health care will grow an estimated 23% between 2012 and 2022, a Bachelor's degree in Allied Health Studies is a smart choice.

The program in Allied Health Studies builds on a strong base of general education courses and includes in-depth perspectives in health and health care delivery. Students gain an understanding of health issues and public health trends, learn to utilize management, organizational and communication skills in health care positions, interpret health care and disease-related research and use this information to change and improve health care.

Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and values related to missions, management and outcomes of complex health care organizations and delivery systems.
  • Effectively communicate verbally, visually, electronically and in written forms to encompass all levels of communication from mass media communication levels to the individual interpersonal communication levels.
  • Apply cross-cultural and global perspectives in various aspects of health care as appropriate.
  • Synthesize and apply critical decision making skills to health related problems, using problem solving skills and ethical guidelines.

Graduates

Students graduating from the program will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of health care and health related areas such as hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, doctor's offices, insurance companies, local, county and federal health care agencies, corporate and commercial settings. They are also prepared for a variety of graduate programs.

Requirements

B.A. in Allied Health Studies

  • AHS 101 Introduction to Allied Health Studies (4)
  • AHS 200 Global Health and Cultural Perspectives (4)
  • AHS 300 Health Care Delivery Systems and Organizations (4)
  • AHS 307 Epidemiology and Human Disease (4)
  • AHS 310 Health Promotion and Planning (4)
  • AHS 410 Research in Health Care (4)
  • AHS 450 Senior Seminar/Capstone (2)
  • AHS 495 Internship (2 + 2 option*)
  • Phil 331 Ethics in Health Care (4)
  • BUS 100 Introduction to Business (2)****
  • BUS 121 Accounting and Finance for Health Care Professionals (4)
  • BUS 200 Principles of Management & Management Skills (4)

The total credits for the major are: 42

Additional internship option: 44*

Prerequisite for Bus 121 & 200*******

Students may transfer in up to 90 credits. The total major in Allied Health is 42-44. Graduation requirement is 120 credits. Students may be over the "120" credit if they transfer in the complete allowance of 90 credits.

If the student has earned an A.A.S degree from an institution that has an articulation agreement with CSE, they will generally be required to take CSE 200 and Element III for their general education requirements. All transfer students will be assessed individually by the Admissions Office for correct placement in General Education Requirements.

Students transferring from a school without a current CSE Articulation agreement will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer credit acceptance.

Students transferring into CSE with an Associate's Degree (A.S.) will be required to take Element III of the College general education program.

Capstone Seminar

Students will complete a faculty guided, culminating research project that begins during the internship and ends in the Senior Seminar course.

Suggested minors for students majoring in Allied Health Studies:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

AHS-101
Introduction to Allied Health Studies
Credit Hours: 4

This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the health care system and the skills they will need to work in this system. The course will look at the profession from a professional and personal perspective. Topics on the professional aspect will include: health care today, language of health care, the human body, personal and workplace safety, communication in health care settings, health care skills, business of health care and opportunities in health care professions. The areas of personal perspective will include all issues related to work-life balance and incorporating health practices in their lives which will enhance their quality of life.

Course Level: 2

AHS-200
Global Health and Cultural Perspectives
Credit Hours: 4

This course is a comparative study of disease ecology and medical systems of other cultures. The roles of disease in human evolution and history will be examined. The sociocultural factors affecting contemporary world health problems, the cultural aspects of ethno-medicine and biomedicine, as well as ethnicity and health care will be explored.

Course Level: 3

AHS-300
Health Care Organizations & Delivery Sys
Credit Hours: 4

The organization, administration and functions of health services in the United States and other major nations will be examined. Social and public agencies that affect the US health care system will also be studied. Methods currently employed in the US for analysis and evaluation of health care systems will be explored. This course will offer opportunities for students to apply these principles in various areas of the health care system. An in-depth examination of current U. S. policies and practices pertaining to Medicare & Medicaid will be evaluated. Insurance and the current health care laws will be monitored and the impact on society will be integrated into the course. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

AHS-307
Epidemiology and Human Disease
Credit Hours: 4

The course will address distribution and determinants of disease/conditions in populations. An overview of epidemiological principles and practices using current health topics will be presented. This course provides a general overview of diseases, etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Medical resources in disease management will be considered. Mental health issues will also be examined. Special attention will be given to disease prevention. The role of alternative medicine will also be discussed. Prerequisite: AHS 101.

AHS-310
Health Promotion & Planning
Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the process of designing, planning and implementing health education and health promotion programs. The methods of conducting a needs assessment, the development of program goals and objectives, and the internal and external factors that affect program development and implementation are central focuses of this course. Students will complete create, design, and implement a health care project based on the materials covered in the class. The projects will be created in modular fashion incorporating all aspects of health promotion and planning theories and principles. Prerequisites: AHS 101

Course Level: 4

AHS-410
Research in Health Care
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to health research methodologies. Students will develop and use the critical skills needed to plan, conduct and analyze a health care project. IRB role and requirements will be examined in light of these projects. The incorporation of statistical measures and principles will be designed specifically for practical application in the health care research project. Prerequisites: AHS 101, AHS 307

AHS-450
Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 2

This course provides for the culmination and presentation of the research project initiated in the internship. Students will develop a resume and learn more about professional opportunities in health care. Prerequisites: AHS101, AHS307.

AHS-495
Internship
Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and experience working within the operation of a health care institution or agency. Students will begin to develop a project under the supervision of a faculty member and a qualified health professional. This project will be completed in the Senior Seminar. Sixty hours of internship work is required for this course. Prerequisite: AHS101, AHS300, AHS307.

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