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Minor in Health Care Studies

The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Keck School of Medicine offer an interdisciplinary minor in Health Care Studies. This minor is targeted to those undergraduates who wish to pursue a postgraduate career in health care or health care related fields. The minor brings together a background in fundamental science necessary to understand the biological basis of medicine with course work that explores health care both in classroom and clinical settings. The minor requires a minimum of 28 units, at least 16 of which must be at the upper-division level. If the core required courses listed below are already included in a student’s major, then other lower division courses may be selected from the electives list. 

 

Please note that to complete at Minor at USC students need to complete 28 units total that meet the following three criteria:

  1. Complete 16 units unique to the minor – these unique units cannot overlap with Major, GE or other Minor requirements.
  2. Complete 16 units outside of your major department.
  3. Complete 16 units of upper division course work (300+ level).

 

**Students should consult their advisers in selecting courses. Depending on the major, prerequisites may increase total units required to complete this minor.

REQUIRED COURSES (12 units)   units


 

BISC 220L   General Biology: Cell Biology and  Physiology, OR
BISC 221L   Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology (4 units)
CHEM 103Lx General Chemistry for the Environment and Life, OR
CHEM 115bL Advanced General Chemistry (4 units)
MDA 110     Contemporary Issues and Cases in Health Care (2 units)
MEDS 220   Preparation for the Clinical Experience (2 units)                                                         

ELECTIVES (Students must choose a minimum of 16 upper division units from the following lists.)

Introduction to Human Health I
ANTH 101   Body, Mind and Healing (4 units)  
BISC 150Lx The Nature of Human Health and Disease (4 units)     
PSYC 100    Introduction to Psychology (4 units)       
PSYC 360*  Abnormal Psychology (4 units)                                                                                

Introduction to Human Health II
BISC 320L* Molecular Biology (4 units)
BISC 421*   Neurobiology (4 units)
BISC 450L* Principles of Immunology (4 units)
MEDS 260   Challenges in Biomedical Ethics (2 units)
MEDS 300   Statistical Methods for Biomedical Research (4 units)
PSYC 336L* Developmental Psychology (4 units)

The Biological Bases for Disease Processes
BISC 300L* Introduction to Microbiology (4 units)    
BISC 307L* General Physiology (4 units)
BISC 330L* Biochemistry (4 units) 
MEDS 310* Cells of Human Tissues and Organs: Medical Histology (4 units)
EXSC 301L Human Anatomy, OR
MEDS 320* Clinical Perspectives on Human Anatomy (4 units)
MEDS 330* Introduction to Molecular Medicine (4 units)
MEDS 340L* The Brain in Health and Disease (4 units)
MEDS 350* Drugs and the Brain (4 units)
MEDS 360* Current Research Approaches to Biomedical Problems (4 units)

Clinical and Biomedical Experience
BISC 423*   Epilepsy to Ecstasy: Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders (4 units)
MEDS 430* Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving (2 units)
MEDS 440* Introduction to Surgical Principles (2 units)
MEDS 460* Emergency Health Care (2 units)
MEDS 465* Wilderness and Survival Medicine (4 units)
MEDS 490* Directed Research in Biomedical Science (2-8 units)
SOCI 475 Medical Sociology (4 units)

*Prerequisite required

Courses of Instruction

medical Sciences (meds)

The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

MEDS 220 Preparation for the Clinical Experience (2, FaSp) Discussion and exercises in clinically relevant topics (professional behavior, patient privacy, medical ethics, cultural competency, teamwork, etc.) in preparation for experience in the clinical setting.

MEDS 260 Challenges in the Forefront of Biomedical Ethics (2, Sp) Examination of fundamental ethical concepts and principles in clinical health care and biomedical research. Use of film, case studies and discussion. Recommended preparation: MDA 110 or MEDS 220.

MEDS 300 Statistical Methods for Biomedical Research (4) Fundamental basis for various statistical tests, underlying assumptions, and statistical analyses used in biomedical and clinical research.

MEDS 310L Cells of Human Tissues and Organs: Medical Histology (4, Fa) Lectures and laboratories examining the normal phenotype of human cells and tissues as a basis for understanding pathological processes that occur in disease. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L and CHEM 103 or CHEM 105A.

MEDS 320 Clinical Perspectives on Human Anatomy (4, Fa) Anatomical structure and function of the major regions of the human body as related to health and disease, using clinical cases, lectures and cadaveric demonstrations. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L.

MEDS 330 Introduction to Molecular Medicine (4, Sp) Molecular biological and genetic basis of common human diseases. Use of molecular medicine to provide strategy for understanding disease processes, diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and BISC 320L or BISC 330L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL.

MEDS 340L The Brain in Health and Disease (4, Fa) Study of the human brain with emphasis on structure-functional relationships, illustrative case studies, current imaging techniques, with illustrative laboratory exercises using specimens and slides. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; recommended preparation: MEDS 310.

MEDS 350 Drugs and the Brain (4, Sp) Effects of legal and illegal drugs on human brain function. Introduction to common prescribed drugs, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and brain pathways utilized by common drug classes. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; recommended preparation: BISC 320L or BISC 330L, MEDS 330.

MEDS 360 Current Research Approaches to Biomedical Problems (2, Fa) A theoretical basis of laboratory approaches that help the biomedical or physician scientist in understanding the etiology of disease and targeting disease processes. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; recommended preparation: MEDS 330 and BISC 320L or BISC 330L.

MEDS 430 Introduction to Clinical Problem Solving (2) One-on-one shadowing interactions with clinical mentor in regards to a specific clinical problem. Goal of understanding the underlying pathophysiology and epidemiology of the clinical problem. Open only to juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; and MEDS 220; and EXSC 301 or MEDS 320; recommended preparation: BISC 307L, BISC 320L or MEDS 330.

MEDS 440 Introduction to Surgical Principles (2, Sp) Introduction to the spectrum of surgical care, taught by surgeons, with the goal of developing an appreciation of the role that surgery plays in society. Open only to juniors and seniors. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; and MEDS 220; and EXSC 301L or MEDS 320.

MEDS 460 Emergency Health Care (2, Sp) Principles of emergency medical services, ranging from pre-hospital care and advanced life-saving, to minor injuries and illnesses. Interactive experience with ER physicians/emergency health care providers. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and MDA 110 and MEDS 220; and EXSC 301L or MEDS 320; recommended preparation: MEDS 260.

MEDS 465 Wilderness and Survival Medicine (4, FaSp) Medical physiology principles of people under “extreme” wilderness conditions, factors affecting remote medical care, and basic survival strategies, led by emergency medicine physicians. Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and BISC 307; and MEDS 220 and MEDS 320.

MEDS 490 Directed Biomedical Research (2-8, FaSpSm) Receive training one-on-one with active faculty and their laboratory members or senior trainees in performing clinical, translational or fundamental biomedical science.  Prerequisite: BISC 220L or BISC 221L; and CHEM 103Lx or CHEM 105AL; recommended preparation: MEDS 300, MEDS 360