2017-2018 Catalog

Health Science

Health Science Program Learning Outcomes

College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing

Division of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Degree Roadmaps

Community Health Option

Health Care Management Option

Radiologic Technology Option

Minor

Master of Science

Orthotics and Prosthetics Option

Faculty

Pamela C. Krochalk, Division Chair

WH A-330B, (310) 243-2690

Cheryl Jackson-Harris, Coordinator, Clinical Science Option

WH A-330F, (310) 243-3798

Scott Hornbeak, Coordinator, Orthotics and Prosthetics Program

Paula D'Amore, Mark Muller, Enrique Ortega, Paul Oswald, Anthony Ung

Program Office:  WH A-330, (310) 243-3748

Student Services Center - Advising: WH A-300, (310) 243-2120 or (800) 344-5484

Emeriti Faculty

Amer El-Ahraf, Ellen Hope-Kearns, Chi-Hua Hsiung

Division Mission

The Division of Health Sciences programs are designed to:

Strengthen students' intellectual capacities and abilities to develop and mobilize human and institutional resources and services to meet the health needs of diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Educate students in developing and implementing evidence-based assessment and intervention models that improve the biopsychosocial health of diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Prepare scholar-practitioners to engage in multidisciplinary scientific inquiry that advances the knowledge base of research and practice in the health disciplines.

Prepare graduates who will be leaders in their fields and professions to inform and influence professional dialogues on key health issues affecting diverse individuals and populations, as well as the communities in which they reside.

Prepare scholar-activists who -- with global consciousness and ecosystemic perspectives -- are committed to attaining health equity and collective well-being through the promotion of human development, universal human rights, and social justice.

Program Description

Health Science offers a variety of programs including a major with different options leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Science.

The Community Health Option is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and perspectives to function as effective community health workers and educators in an urban population that is diverse ethnically, economically and demographically.  Students will gain knowledge and understanding of health behavior and strategies for change, health disparities among diverse populations, and the development of programs that increase access to healthcare and related services. 

A student in this option will acquire oral and written communication skills needed to develop health education materials and gain a basic understanding of public health problems and methods commonly used in studying and addressing these problems. Registered nurses and allied health care workers will be able to serve their patients more effectively by becoming knowledgeable about community health service agencies and public health policy at all levels of government. Upon completion of the Community Health Option, students will qualify to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

The Health Care Management Option is designed to provide students with a general foundation in the principles and theories of management, the skills needed by frontline or middle level supervisors in a health care unit, an understanding of the organizational structure of the health care system, the financing of health care services in the United States, and knowledge of current health policies at local, state and federal levels.

The Radiologic Technology Option is designed to accommodate the entering undergraduate or transfer student. The program is offered in collaboration with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, which is currently accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education for Radiologic Technologists and approved by the State of California Department of Education for Radiologic Technology training. Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the certification examinations given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Certification Board of the California Department of Health Services.

A separate application to the Radiologic Technology Option is required. Refer to the Radiologic Technology Option section for further information on the application process and eligibility for consideration as a candidate. Refer also to the Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology website.

Features

The Health Care Management and Community Health options are designed for practicing health professionals and future community health and healthcare personnel. Students may also apply to Radiologic Technology. Since many students work during the day, many health science courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening and on weekends, and many meet only once a week. To keep the health science programs contemporary, most of the health science courses are taught by practicing professionals.

Academic Advisement

All students are urged to consult with advisors throughout their matriculation at CSU Dominguez Hills. At the very least, advisors should be consulted for the following:

  • Admission
  • Career plans and choices
  • Selection of options
  • Variation in programs and/or "course substitution"
  • Pre-registration advisement
  • Filing for graduation

Advisement is available through the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing Student Services Center at 1-310-243-2120 or 1-800-344-5484.

Preparation

Students interested in healthcare management or community health may complete their lower division general education, preferably with an associate of science degree, before coming to CSU Dominguez Hills. Those students who are interested in the clinically related options should have a strong science background in high school and should have completed most of the lower division prerequisite courses for the option before entering the Health Sciences Program. For clinical options, some direct care experience is required.

Credit for Prior Health Education

If students have completed a clinical program for which they did not receive academic credit, they may be granted credit for that education. Please consult the health science office for details. The credits obtained for a clinical program may be applied as lower division elective credits toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science only.

Procedures and Admission Criteria

Only a limited number of students can be accommodated in the clinical options. In addition to filing a completed application to the university, students must also complete the desired option application form to be considered for admission. Admission to these clinical options is not automatically ensured by meeting academic requirements, nor does admission to CSU Dominguez Hills as a Health Science Major guarantee acceptance into individual clinical options.

Graduation with Honors in the Major

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with honors in Health Science provided s/he meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;
  3. Recommendation by the Health Science faculty.

Students who achieve honors in Health Science will have the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas.

Radiologic Technology Option

Health Science students cannot declare themselves in the Radiologic Technology option until they have been formally admitted into the program. Admission is highly competitive, and the number of students accepted is very limited. Therefore, until formally admitted into the Radiologic Technology option, which includes acceptance into the School of Radiologic Technology at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, students must select either the Community Health or Health Care Management option and proceed with required courses in one of these areas. Students who are not admitted to the Radiologic Technology option will receive their Health Science baccalaureate degree in one of these options.  

To be eligible for consideration as a candidate in this option, an applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of all lower division required courses. A grade of "C" or better in each course is required. The completion of 56-70 units of lower division course work is highly recommended before application to the program.
  2. Applicants meeting the above requirements must be willing to be interviewed by Harbor-UCLA faculty and Health Science program faculty.
  3. Applicants must submit two separate applications, with supporting documents, to Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology and to CSU Dominguez Hills.
  4. Applications and supporting documents to Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology must be received by March 1 of each year. Applications received after March 1 will be considered for the next year.

Applications to the Radiologic Technology program may be obtained by writing or calling the School of Radiologic Technology at Harbor-UCLA, with completed applications returned to:

Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

School of Radiologic Technology

1000 West Carson Street  Box 27

Torrance, CA 90509

(310) 222-2825

Note: Deadlines are subject to change without notification.  Contact the Harbor-UCLA School of Radiologic Technology for deadlines.