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Health Studies

The Health Studies Program is designed for students who are interested in exploring health-related fields from a non-clinical perspective.

The program’s interdisciplinary approach provides a strong base of learning across a group of disciplines (biology, psychology, business, and sociology) that are directly related to careers in health care services. The program’s experiential-based approach to learning is built upon a foundation of partnerships with local hospitals and health care practices, enabling a field-based learning experience that supports the concepts and teachings communicated in the classroom. The curriculum prepares students for a wide range of health care positions in hospitals, health departments, health agencies, research facilities, schools and the health care industry.

Program Outcomes

This area of study prepares students for entry-level positions in health services and prepares students for a variety of careers in health-related fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue careers in hospitals, health departments, health agencies, healthcare supply companies, health insurance companies, health research and policy organizations and local, state and federal health agencies. Concordia students leave the curriculum well-positioned for graduate study in business, health services research or policy, public health and healthcare administration.

Typical Courses of Study

HEA 355 Healthcare Finance SWK 395 Children, Courts and Care
HEA 234 Healthcare Management SOC 455 Social Theory
HEA 381 Law and Ethics HEA 361 Field Work in Health Studies
HEA 382 Healthcare Quality and Safety Exploration and Enrichment Sequence
HEA 383 Healthcare Policy and Politics BIO 215 Heredity and Society
PHI 211 Bioethics BIO 255 Foods and Nutrition
NUR 331 Prevention, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction BIO 271 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
PSY 281 Developmental Psychology I BIO 272 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PSY 291 Developmental Psychology II BIO 373 General Microbiology
PSY 311 Philosophy of Social Sciences CHM 171 Elements of Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry
PSY 382 Social Psychology ENG 341 Advanced Writing
SWK 241 Violence in the Family SOC 252 Race and Ethnicity
SWK 281 Working with Special Populations SOC 255 Social Problems


Molinda D. Kearns, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry
Ph.D., Pharmaceutical Sciences, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Brooklyn; M.S., Molecular Biology, LIU; B.S., Biological Sciences, D’Youville College. Post Doc, Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nicholas D’Addesio, MBA, RPh,
Instructor of Health Studies
MBA, Management, Long Island University; B.S., Pharmacy, Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, LIU Brooklyn. Registered Pharmacist.
Thomas P. Paterna, Ph.D., MBA
Instructor of Health Studies
Ph.D., Organizational Management Capella University; MBA, Albertus Magnus College; MSM, Albertus Magnus College New Haven CT; B.S., Marketing, Long Island University Brooklyn
Jim Burkee, Professor of History