Use the links below to see a list of typical prerequisite courses for various health professional fields. Please note that requirements vary between programs and you are urged to check into the specific requirements for the individual schools that you may be considering. You are also encouraged to meet with the Health Professions Advisor to plan your curriculum.

Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Veterinary Medicine
Other Health-Related Courses Available at SJU

*Christian Medical Ethics – THE 366 – Meets an Ethics Intensive course in the GEP
*Just Health Care in Developing Nations – THE 368 or IHS 368 – studies global health disparities and includes a study tour to a developing country in Latin America – the tour is taken over the semester break
*Health Care System & its Responsibilities – IHS 211 – IHS major course, elective course for non-majors – examines health care delivery in the US –managed care, uninsured issues, public health
*Psychosocial Aspects of Health, Illness & Disability – IHS 110 – IHS major course, elective course for non-majors – psychological, social, and behavioral theories as they relate to the experiences of chronic illness and disability
*Health & Society – IHS 323 – IHS major course – also cross-listed with Sociology (SOC 323) – How do such factors as race, gender, and social class shape physical and mental illness? How is health care organized, and what professions and organizations make up the health care sector? How have health and health care become major social problems, and what are the prospects for major social change in society’s response to health issues?
Alternative Medicine & Non-Traditional Therapies – IHS 441 – discusses the history and practice of complementary medicine and non-traditional therapies, overview of the debate between eastern and western societal approaches to medicine
*Healthcare Law and Ethics (IHS 251) – can meet an Ethics Intensive course in the GEP -provides an overview of legal and ethical issues that relate to health care delivery
Epidemiology – IHS 458 – provides a bsic foundation in epidemiology and public health issues
*Seeking a Better Death – Hospice Care – IHS 345-service learning course – examines cultural practices relating to treatment of death and to care of the dying, as well as the process of confronting one’s own death from a psychological perspective
*Economics of Health Care – ECN 390-Social Science GEP course or elective – focuses upon the efficiency problems of the health care delivery system in the United States, prospects for a comprehensive national health insurance program are evaluated
*Healthcare Delivery Alternative – PMK 190 – Pharmaceutical Mktg course – This service-learning ethics intensive course focuses on the medical, cultural, social and spiritual needs of short and long-term residents at a local nursing home.
*Hospital Stories– ENG 450 – meets an ART/LIT, writing, and diversity requirement – explores how race, class, gender and sexuality are depicted through the writing of caregivers, medical professionals, and patients in essays, memoirs, and creative nonfiction.
Several courses in the Psychology department deal with health issues including: Health Psychology; Neuropsychology; Biological Bases of Behavior; Neuroscience Foundations; Psychopharmacology
*Courses included in the Health Care Ethics minor – For more info on this minor, consult the Institute of Clinical Bioethics website.