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We are dedicated to providing our students industry-relevant preparation to give them an advantage when entering the evolving health workforce.
With this in mind, along with considerable research on career readiness and trends in health, we designed a thoughtful and purposeful set of core courses that contain the knowledge, skills, and attributes highly valued by health employers. The content and real-world application taught in the core courses elevate the level of preparedness of our graduates to be more productive and competitive from day one in the field, and sets the College of Health Solutions apart from educational institutions that merely provide basic knowledge to satisfy transcript and catalog requirements.
The intent is to produce strongly-desired and remarkably-effective health professionals who excel in teamwork, leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, and who are characterized by health, happiness, well-being, emotional intelligence, resilience, productivity, and mindfulness.
|*CHS 100||Introduction to Health Solutions|
|Cultural Aspects of Health C |
Social Determinants of Health & Health Behavior (L or SB) and C
|BMI 201||Introduction to Clinical Informatics|
|Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L |
Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice L
|HSC 304||Health Communication|
General Studies’ Key: L Literacy and Critical Inquiry SB Social-Behavioral Sciences C Cultural Diversity in the United States
* CHS 100 is a required college foundation course for all CHS students, with CHS 300 to be offered as an equivalent course for transfer students.
College of Health Solutions’ undergraduate students will demonstrate the following health-related competencies from an interdisciplinary perspective before graduating:
The following is a list of additional competencies that support career preparation, and are infused throughout the courses offered within the College of Health Solutions:
National Association of Colleges and Employers
“Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.”
The initial research and development of the core curriculum was conducted for two years by a committee representing degree programs across the college. Then, in the fall of 2016, a Core Task Force, consisting of faculty across the college, was formed to refine and define the core competencies that could be supported by additional courses.
“A competency is the capability to apply or use a set of related knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform "critical work functions" or tasks in a defined work setting. Competencies often serve as the basis for skill standards that specify the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in the workplace as well as potential measurement criteria for assessing competency attainment.” (University of Texas School of Public Health)
The College of Health Solutions developed the Core Advantage from research-based recommendations compiled by the following leading national organizations in health, higher education, and employment:
Health employers are seeking cutting-edge problem solvers, critical thinkers, communicators, well-rounded, happy, productive, team-oriented workers, and we want our students to be highly marketable upon graduation.
The core competencies were developed based on recommendations from national and international organizations that are involved in preparing future health professionals.
Here are three resources to learn more: