Medical Studies (Minor)

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Are you interested in health and health care? Broaden your opportunities with a minor in medical studies. It provides an introduction to clinical medicine and other health professions. The minor does not take the place of pre-med academic preparation for those who plan to apply to medical school.

The minor program in medical studies focuses on preparing students for employment in health care and clinical medicine, including in both direct and indirect patient care.

Students take coursework in historical aspects of medicine, ethics in health care, and leadership and professionalism. Students have the option of selecting an internship course that enhances the application of core concepts.

At A Glance

Medical Studies (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Students must earn a "C" or better in courses used for the minor.
Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
Elective Course (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
HCD 330 Health Care Systems in the U.S. (3)
MED 300 Historical and Contemporary Issues in Health, L (3)
MED 417 Impact of Violence on Health (3)
MED 445 Science of Helping in Health (3)
MED 450 Leadership and Professionalism (3)

Elective Course (3 credit hours; choose one)
HCD 303 Global Health Care Systems (3)
IBC 420 Population Health Management (3)
MED 484 Internship (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS in medical studies; BS in science of health care delivery; BS in health sciences; BS in population health

Other Enrollment Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours prior to adding the minor.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

The medical studies minor program provides students with the opportunity to acquire valuable skills in health care that can be implemented along with those developed in the major program in a variety of career settings. Some career opportunities include project coordinators, marketing, sales and research.

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