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Suggested Courses

When considering classes for a graduate health profession program, students are encouraged to demonstrate a well rounded academic education by completing courses in the social sciences and the humanities.

In addition to the recommended science classes: Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, Microbiology, and Bio chemistry, students are also advised to study such courses which improve
language arts and critical thinking.

Please see the course description below:

URBST 132 - The American Health System/Introduction to Health Services and Policy

Fall 2012 and Spring 2013: MW 9:25 - 10:40 am (Alice Sardell)

This course addresses some of the major issues in the on-going national debate about how to make health care in the U.S. more accessible, more equitable, more cost-effective and more attuned to the health needs of the population.

We will study the history of American medical practice and examine the development of the organization and financing of our current health care system. We will discuss the nature of the relationship between social class, ethnicity, gender and health status, relationships between health providers and patients, and the way in which health care resources are distributed, especially in the urban environment. We will also examine the way in which other nations organize, deliver and finance health care.

This course will include movies and a short field assignment, as well as readings.


 Office Information

Fall & Spring: (M-F) 9 am-4:30 pm
Summer: (M-Th): 9 am-4:30 pm
Science Building, Room B338
Phone: 718-997-3470

Director and Chair: Valli Cook
Pre Health Advisor: Mika Vesanen
Office Assistant: Helen Adam
Office Assistant: Xiomara Guzmanacha

Students should meet with a Health Professions advisor at least once each semester.


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