The Carroll College Health Sciences major is an interdisciplinary major that provides the student with the skills and knowledge to attain employment or pursue graduate work in health related fields. Courses within the major come from disciplines in a variety of areas of study including public health, natural sciences, mathematics, nursing, social sciences, and philosophy. Within the health sciences major students will develop and apply knowledge drawn from the different disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population giving appropriate consideration to ethical, economical and cultural perspectives.
Many of the courses in the health sciences major also are requirements for other majors such as biology, chemistry, community health and nursing. Thus, it provides flexibility to students undecided their freshman year. In addition, many of the course requirements of the major are prerequisite course for entry into post graduate professional programs such as those for physical therapy or physicians’ assistant. Health Sciences Division Students will:
The Health Sciences and Public Health majors are designed for students seeking to enter the health professions. If the United States is to reverse the present trend of deteriorating health of its citizens, and do so within an affordable framework, the next generation of health professionals must be conversant with a new health promotion paradigm. The Public Health and Health Sciences majors introduce students to this new paradigm through an integrated biological, psychological, and sociological approach to promoting health that encourages a shift from reliance primarily on dollars and technology to informed citizen participation.
The Health Sciences major is designed for students seeking to pursue clinical fields such as physical therapy, physician's assistant, optometry, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine. The Public Health major is designed for students interested in becoming health education specialists. Health education specialists primarily work for organizations in the community that focus on improving health.×
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that approximately 16 percent of all new wage and salary jobs (3.5 million in total) between 2002 and 2012 will be in healthrelated fields. The job outlook is favorable for those in the health sciences as the entire health services industry is experiencing remarkable growth.
A degree in the health sciences opens the door to a diverse and extensive range of opportunities, which include but are not limited to graduate school in physical therapy, physician's assistant, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and public health. Also, positions are available in state health departments, country health departments, and laboratories.
During the week of April 6, students in HS 335 organized a series of events as part of Carroll's first annual celebration of National Public Health Week. This is an initiative of the American Public Health Associate that encourages people and groups around the country to think about and plan activities and events to improve public health. Activities around campus included sampling healthy snacks; starting tomato, pepper, and basil plants; a Mount Helena hike; a "Gimme 5" dance.
As a recipient of a $56,000 M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant, Dr. Jennifer Lowell and her students, rising juniors Sarah Ladd and Kurt Parker, were recently featured on NBC-KTVH and ABC Fox Montana-KFBB, discussing their project which examines whether high arsenic levels in the Upper Tenmile watershed, a mining-impacted watershed that supplies Helena with over 50% of its drinking water, can maintain and propagate reservoirs of antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes to downstream environments.
On May 16, 2015, twenty-nine students in the Department of Health Sciences received their diploma during Carroll College's 105th Commencement. Congratulations Graduates!