Health Science Track

The Interdepartmental Studies: Health Science Track (BA, undergraduate degree) is a preapproved plan of study that combines a generalized health background, with a variety of well-matched emphasis area choices: multidisciplinary science, entrepreneurial, aging, global health, cultures of healing, and writing for the sciences.  Students also have the option of proposing a self-defined emphasis area.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 22 semester hours of foundation coursework, and 15 semester hours in one emphasis area.

Important Notes For All Health Science Track Students:

  • Maximum two class overlap if applying courses to a double major.
  • No major coursework can be used for a minor.
  • Maximum 6 s.h. of course work may be applied to a certificate (for students declaring the major Fall 2017 or later).
  • Aging Emphasis students may not earn the minor or Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies.
  • Entrepreneurial Emphasis students may not earn the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.
  • Global Health Emphasis students may not earn the minor or Certificate in Global Health Studies.
  • A student is required to complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of major coursework at the University of Iowa.
  • UI cumulative GPA, total cumulative GPA, major GPA, and UI major GPA must all be at least 2.00 (or above).
  • A student earning an Interdepartmental Studies Major must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit from courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, thus satisfying the CLAS residence requirement. More information on the CLAS Residence Requirement.

Foundation Courses

Students are required to complete a minimum of 22 semester hours as indicated below.

Foundational Chemistry:

CHEM:1070 or
CHEM:1110
General Chemistry I or
Principles of Chemistry I
3-4 sh
CHEM:1080 or
CHEM:1120
General Chemistry II or
Principles of Chemistry II
3-4 sh

Foundational Biology (choose one of these):

BIOL:1140 Human Biology 4 sh
BIOL:1141 Introductory Animal Biology 4 sh
BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology 4 sh

Foundational Math and Statistics (choose one of these):

MATH:1020 Elementary Functions 4 sh
MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4 sh
MATH:1440 Mathematics for the Biological Sciences 5 sh
MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences 5 sh
MATH:1850 Calculus I 5 sh
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 sh
STAT:1020 / PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 sh
STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3 sh
STAT:4143 / PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 sh
22M:025 Calculus I or higher will be accepted as fulfillment for this requirement.

Foundational Social Science (choose one of these):

ANTH:1101 Cultural Anthropology 3 sh
ANTH:2100 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problem 3 sh
PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology 3 sh
SOC:1010 Introduction to Sociology 3-4 sh
SOC:1030 Contemporary Social Problems 3-4 sh

Foundational Science Elective (choose one of these):

ACB:3110 Principles of Human Anatomy 3 sh
BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form and Function 4 sh
HHP:1100 Human Anatomy 3 sh
HHP:1150 Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab  4 sh
HHP:3105 Anatomy for Human Physiology 3 sh

Foundational Elective (choose one of these):

HHP:1300 Fundamentals of Human Physiology 3 sh
HHP:1350 Fundamentals of Human Physiology with Lab 4 sh
HHP:2200 Physical Activity and Health 3 sh
HHP:2310 Nutrition and Health 3 sh
HHP:3400 Applied Exercise Physiology 3 sh
HHP:3500 Human Physiology 3 sh
HHP:3550 Human Physiology with Lab 5 sh
HHP:4440 Physiology of Nutrition 3 sh
NURS:1030 Human Development and Behavior 3 sh
PSY:2401 Introduction to Developmental Science 3 sh
PSY:2701 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 3 sh
SRM:1045 Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living 3 sh

NoteProposed course substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Interdepartmental Studies Advisory Committee for approval. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.

Emphasis Areas

Students are required to complete one of the following Emphasis Areas:

Multidisciplinary Science

Students who choose the multidisciplinary science emphasis must complete 15 s.h. chosen from these.

ANTH:2164 Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals 3 sh
ANTH:2320 Origins of Human Infectious Disease 3 sh
BIOC:3110 Biochemistry 3 sh
BIOC:3120 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I 3 sh
BIOC:3130 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II 3 sh
BIOL:2211 Genes, Genomes, and the Human Condition 3 sh
BIOL:2254 Endocrinology 3 sh
BIOL:2512 Fundamental Genetics 4 sh
BIOL:2723 Cell Biology 3 sh
BIOL:2753 Introduction to Neurobiology 3 sh
CHEM:2210 or
CHEM:2230
Organic Chemistry I or
Organic Chemistry I for Majors
3 sh
CHEM:2220 or
CHEM:2240
Organic Chemistry II or
Organic Chemistry II for Majors
3 sh
CHEM:2410 or
CHEM:2420
Organic Chemistry Laboratory or
Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors
3 sh
CLSA:3742 Word Power: Building English Vocabulary 3 sh
CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health 3 sh
CW:3107 / INTD:3107 Creative Writing for the Health Professions 3 sh
HHP:2310 or
HHP:4440
Nutrition and Health1 or
Physiology of Nutrition1
3 sh
MED:1100 Introduction to Health Care Professions 3 sh
MICR:2157 General Microbiology 5 sh

MICR:3164

Microbiology and Human Health

4 sh
PHYS:1511 or
PHYS:1611
College Physics I or
Introductory Physics I
4 sh
PHYS:1512 or
PHYS:1612
College Physics II or
Introductory Physics II
3-4 sh
SOC:3510 Medical Sociology 3 sh
SRM:3020 Nutrition in Health and Performance 3 sh
1 If not already used to fulfill Foundational Coursework requirement.

NoteProposed course substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Interdepartmental Studies Advisory Committee for approval. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.

Entrepreneurial

Students who chose the entrepreneurial emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.

Students who choose the entrepreneurship emphasis must complete 15 s.h. chosen from these.

ACCT:2100 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 sh
BUS:3800 Business Writing 3 sh
CNW:3640 Writing for Business 3 sh
ECON:3650 Policy Analysis 3 sh
ECON:3760 Health Economics 3 sh
ENTR:1350 Foundations in Entrepreneurship 2 sh
ENTR:2000 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 3 sh
ENTR:3100 Entrepreneurial Finance 3 sh
ENTR:3200 Entrepreneurial Marketing 3 sh
ENTR:3400 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation 3 sh
ENTR:3500 Social Entrepreneurship 3 sh
ENTR:3520 Starting Up the Arts Start-Up 3 sh
ENTR:3600 E-Commerce Strategies for Entrepreneurs 3 sh
ENTR:3700 Sustainable Product Innovation and Management 3 sh
ENTR:4000 Topics in Entrepreneurship 2-3 sh
ENTR:4100 International Entrepreneurship and Culture 1-3 sh
ENTR:4200 Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting 3 sh
ENTR:4300 Entrepreneurship: Advanced Business Planning 3 sh
ENTR:4400 Managing the Growth Business 3 sh
ENTR:4450 Professional Sports Management 3 sh
ENTR:4460 Entrepreneurship and Global Trade 3 sh
ENTR:4510 / DPA:4510 / INTD:4510 / THTR:4510 Arts Leadership Seminar 3 sh
MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management 3 sh
MGMT:3500 / ENTR:3595 / MUSM:3500 /
NURS:3595 / RELS:3700 / SSW:3500
Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I 3 sh
MGMT:3600 / MUSM:3600 / NURS:3600 /
RELS:3701 / SSW:3600
Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II 3 sh
MKTG:3000 Introduction to Marketing Strategy 3 sh

NoteProposed course substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Interdepartmental Studies Advisory Committee for approval. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.

Aging

Students who choose the aging emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Aging Studies or the minor in aging and longevity studies.

Students who choose the aging emphasis must complete 15 s.h. chosen from these.

ASP:1800 / LEIS:1800 / NURS:1800 / SSW:1800 Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology 3 sh
ASP:2181 The Anthropology of Aging 3 sh
ASP:3135 / GHS:3050 / SSW:3135 Global Aging 3 sh
ASP:3150 Psychology of Aging 3 sh
ASP:3151 The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life 3 sh
ASP:3152 Anthropology of Caregiving and Health 3 sh
ASP:3160 Biology of Aging 3 sh

ASP:3170

Health and Aging 3 sh
ASP:3300 Mapping the Creative Legacy 3 sh
ASP:3519 Politics of Aging 3 sh
ASP:3610 Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice 3 sh
ASP:3740 End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families 3 sh
ASP:3786 / SSW:3786 Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span 3 sh
ASP:5750 / HMP:5750 Medicare and Medicaid Policy 3 sh
BIOL:2603 Mechanisms of Aging 3 sh
CW:3107 / INTD:3107 Creative Writing for the Health Professions 3 sh

NoteProposed course substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Interdepartmental Studies Advisory Committee for approval. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.

Global Health

Students who choose the global health emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Global Health Studies or minor in global health studies.

Students must complete 15 s.h. chosen from these.

ANTH:1046 Big Ideas: People and the Environment - Technology, Culture, and Social Justice 3 sh
GHS:1100 Contraception Across Time and Cultures 3 sh
GHS:1181 Ancient Medicine 3 sh
GHS:1200 Disabilities and Inclusion in Writing and Film around the World 3 sh
GHS:1290 Native American Foods and Foodways 3 sh
GHS:2000 Introduction to Global Health Studies 3 sh
GHS:2080 The Cultural Politics of HIV-AIDS 3 sh
GHS:2110 Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics 3 sh
GHS:2164 Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals 3 sh
GHS:2181 The Anthropology of Aging 3 sh
GHS:2182 Africa: Health and Society 3 sh
GHS:2260 Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginnig of Life 3 sh
GHS:2265 Hard Cases in Healthcare at the End of Life 3 sh
GHS:2320 Origins of Human Infectious Disease 3 sh
GHS:2415 Bioethics 3 sh
GHS:2570 Introduction to Islamic Psychology 3 sh
GHS:2650 Global Reproduction 3 sh
GHS:3010 Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project1 2-3 sh
GHS:3015 Transnational Sexualities 3 sh
GHS:3030 Global Health Today1 1 sh
GHS:3035 Engaging in Global Health 1 sh
GHS:3036 Ethics, Politics, and Global Health 3 sh
GHS:3040 Health in Mexico 3 sh
GHS:3050 Global Aging 3 sh
GHS:3060 Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3 sh
GHS:3070 Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food 3 sh
GHS:3102 / ANTH:3102 / CBH:5125 Medical Anthropology 3 sh
GHS:3110 / AINS:3110 / ANTH:3110 Health of Indigenous Peoples 3 sh
GHS:3111 / GEOG:3110 Geography of Health 3 sh
GHS:3113 Religion and Healing 3 sh
GHS:3120 Global Maternal and Child Health 3 sh
GHS:3131 / SLAV:3131 Health Care and Health Reforms in Russia 3 sh
GHS:3150 Media and Health 3 sh
GHS:3151 The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life 3 sh
GHS:3152 Anthropology of Caregiving and Health 3 sh
GHS:3170 Visualizing Global Health Through Popular Fiction and Film 3 sh
GHS:3191 Sustainable Development: India and the Global Context 3 sh
GHS:3192 Environment and Health in Modern India 3 sh
GHS:3327 The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality 3 sh
GHS:3500 Global Public Health 3 sh
GHS:3508 Health in Latin America  
GHS:3555 Understanding Health and Disease in Africa 3 sh
GHS:3560 Global Garbage and Global Health 3 sh
GHS:3600 Development in a Global Context I: Preparing for an Internship in Health, Gender, and Environment 1 sh
GHS:3700 Development in a Global Context II: Reflections on Real World Interventions 2 sh
GHS:3720 Contemporary Issues in Global Health1 3 sh
GHS:3760 Hazards and Society 3 sh
GHS:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 sh
GHS:3850 / HHP:3850 Promoting Health Globally 3 sh
GHS:4000 Global Health Studies Service Learning: Local Health is Global Health 4 sh
GHS:4100 Topics in Global Health 1-3 sh
GHS:4001 Social Entrepreneurship and Global Health 3 sh
GHS:4100 Topics in Global Health 1-3 sh
GHS:4126 International Perspectives: Xicotepec 2-3 sh
GHS:4140 Feminist Activism and Global Health 3 sh
GHS:4150 Health and Environment: GIS Applications 3 sh
GHS:4162 / HIST:4162 History of Global Health 3 sh
GHS:4180 Climate Change and Health 3 sh
GHS:4230 Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees 3 sh
GHS:4260 Global Water and Health 3 sh
GHS:4530 Global Road Safety 3 sh
GHS:4600 Global Health and Human Rights 2-3 sh
GHS:4770 Environmental Justice 3 sh
GHS:4900 Approaches to Global Health Studies 3 sh
GHS:4990 Independent Project in Global Health1 arr
1 Only one enrollment may count toward major.

NoteProposed course substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Interdepartmental Studies Advisory Committee for approval. Please contact the Academic Coordinator for more information.

Cultures of Healing

Students who choose the cultures of healing emphasis must complete 15 sh chosen from these.

Foundation Component (choose one of these):

GHS:1181 / CLSA:1181 Ancient Medicine 3 sh
CLSA:4181 History of Western Medicine 3 sh

Elective Component (choose 12 sh with a minimum of 6 sh from the advanced course list):

Lower-level courses (no more than 6 sh):

ANTH:1101 or
ANTH:2100
Cultural Anthropology or
Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
3 sh
RELS:2700 / AINS:2700 Sacred World of Native Americans 3 sh
RELS:3976 / AINS:3276 American Indian Environmentalism 3 sh

Advanced courses (at least 6 sh from these):

ANTH:2261 Human Impacts on the Environment 3 sh
ANTH:3101 / GWSS:3101 Anthropology of Sexuality 3 sh
ANTH:3102 Medical Anthropology 3 sh
ANTH:3103 Environment and Culture 3 sh
ANTH:3110 / AINS:3110 / GHS:3110 Health of Indigenous Peoples 3 sh
ANTH:3111 / GHS:3040 Health in Mexico 3 sh
ANTH:3300 / GWSS:3300 Mothers and Motherhood 3 sh
ANTH:4140 / CBH:4140 / GWSS:4140 Feminist Activism and Global Health 3 sh
CLSA:3440 / RELS:3340 Recovering Eden: The Afterlife in Early Judaism and Christianity 3 sh
CLSA:3750 Medical and Technical Terminology 2 sh
CLSA:4181 History of Western Medicine2 3 sh
CW:3107 Creative Writing for the Health Professions 3 sh
HHP:3000 Equity Issues in the Health Sciences 3 sh
HIST:4201 / ASL:4201 History of the American Deaf Community 3-4 sh
HIST:4203 Disability in American History 3 sh
RELS:3580 / ANTH:3113 Religion and Healing 3 sh
RELS:3666 The History of a Religious and Spiritual Practice: Yoga in Asia and Beyond 3 sh
2 If not already used to fulfill Foundational Coursework requirement.

Writing for the Sciences

Students who choose the writing for the sciences emphasis must complete the foundation component (6 s.h.) and the elective component (9 s.h.).

Foundation Component1(choose one of these):

CLSA:1740 Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice 3
CLSA:3742 Word Power: Building English Vocabulary 3

Foundation Component2 (choose one of these):

CNW:3632 Prose Style 3
CW:4745 The Sentence: Strategies for Writing 3
RHET:2095 Fundamental Strategies of Persuasion 3

Elective Component (choose 9 s.h. from these):

CNW:2730 The Art and Craft of Science Writing 3
CNW:3664 Writing About Science 3
CW:3107 Creative Writing for the Health Professions 3
EALL:4130 Introduction to Grant Writing 3
HHP:3900 Writing for Health and Human Physiology 3
POLI:3107 Writing in Political Science: Writing for "Science" and for "Politics" arr
RHET:3140 Nature and Society: Controversies and Images 3
RHET:3610 Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice 3
RHET:3700 Advocacy and Sustainability: Crafting Stories of People, Place, and Resilience 3

Self-Defined

Students interested in creating their own emphasis area must submit a proposal to the Academic Coordinator.  Proposals should include the following:

  • 15 semester hours of advanced coursework.
  • A narrative explaining why the student is choosing this emphasis area.
  • A plan to complete the proposed courses.