Requirements for the Major in Health Sciences (HAN)

Requirements for Enrollment in Senior-Year Courses in the Major in Health Sciences (HAN)

While there is no formal application process, all students must complete the following requirements before advancing to the senior year curriculum. Note: the following requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to advancing to the fall senior year curriculum.

Health Science, first three years (HAV)  

1. Completion of 91 credits with a minimum g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher
2. Completion of the Diversified Education Curriculum or Stony Brook Curriculum
3. Completion of a minimum of 16 credits in the natural sciences with a grade of C or higher. Note: HAN 200 and HAN 202 (or equivalent anatomy and physiology courses) are required natural sciences courses
4. Completion of 21 credits in related electives courses with a grade of C or higher. (see listing below)

Note: Any natural science course taken beyond the minimum requirement of 16 credits can also satisfy related elective requirement.

Note: HAN 312 and HAN 251 (effective 2015) are required related elective courses.

5. Completion of 10 credits at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 or higher), including courses used to satisfy Requirements 1 through 5 above.
6. Completion of second major or minor, as relevant, is required prior to advancing to HAN senior courses.

Note: 10 credits of computer science/information systems electives are strongly recommended as prerequisites for the Health Care Informatics concentration. CSE 110, CSE 114, and CSE 215 are strongly recommended.

For more information, please visit http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs.

Requirements for the Major

Note: See the Health Sciences Center Bulletin for course descriptions not included in this Bulletin. 
Senior Year Health Science (HAN) 
The major in Health Science leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 29 credits after achieving senior status and advancement to senior-year courses. To be in good standing in the School of Health Technology and Management, the student must maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative g.p.a. and a 2.50 minimum g.p.a. in required professional (HAN) courses. A minimum grade of C is required in each core Health Science program course before a student is permitted to advance to the concentration courses. If a student receives a grade less than C in any of the HAN courses, the course must be repeated.

Core Courses

To be completed during the first semester, senior year. Students must enroll in 15 credits of core health science courses including:

  1. HAN 300  Health Care Issues
  2. HAN 333  Communication Skills
  3. HAN 335  Professional Ethics
  4. HAN 364  Issues in Health Care Informatics
  5. HAN 383  Professional Writing

Courses in the Concentration 

To be completed during the second semester, senior year. Students are advised to select an area of concentration because it will offer greater career opportunities.

A. Health Care Management 
This concentration provides the knowledge and skills to manage health care practices, plan health care programs, and utilize the fundamentals of health care management and health services administration.

  1. HAN 432  Introduction to Health Care Management
  2. HAN 434  Corporate Compliance and Regulation 
  3. HAN 435  Sales and Marketing in Health Care
  4. HAN 436  Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care

B. Community Health Education 
This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs in the community. Employment opportunities include public and private health-related agencies, hospitals, and HMOs.

  1. HAN 440  Introduction to Community Health Education
  2. HAN 442 Community Health Education Models and Resources
  3. HAN 444 Teaching Strategies
  4. HAN 456  Behavioral and Social Aspects of Health

C. Public Health 
This concentration provides students with a basic foundation, including epidemiology and biostatistics, in public health. Students who graduate with this concentration may find employment in health departments, public health agencies, health maintenance organizations and health-related corporations.

  1. HAN 450  Introduction to Public Health
  2. HAN 452  Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  3. HAN 454 Issues in Public Health
  4. HAN 456  Behavioral and Social Aspects of Health

D. Health Care Informatics 
This concentration prepares the student for a career in health care information systems, and processing and managing health care data with computer and communication technologies. Emphasis is placed on health care information systems' architecture, computerized medical data processing, and clinical decision support systems.

  1. HAN 462  Developing Health Information Systems
  2. HAN 464  Health Information Systems Management
  3. HAN 466  Applied Healthcare Informatics
  4. HAN 467  Utilization and Outcomes Research Methods

E. Environmental Health and Safety
This concentration explores the concepts and principles of various environmental health issues, including lead management, pest management, hazardous waste management, and food service sanitation. Emphasis is placed on the recognition, identification, and control of environmental contaminants in the workplace; prevention and preparedness for hazardous material incidents; and compliance with various regulatory agencies.

  1. HAN 470  Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
  2. HAN 474  Industrial Hygiene
  3. HAN 475 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  4. HAN 476  Hazardous Materials, Emergency Response, and Environmental Auditing
  5. HAN 478  Internship in Environmental Health

F. Emergency and Critical Care 
This concentration will serve the needs of those students interested in pursuing clinical graduate studies. Emphasis is placed on providing knowledge of the most frequently encountered medical emergencies, including trauma and resuscitation. In addition, due to the changing global environment, courses on hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction will also be provided.

  1. HAN 416  Special Issues in Emergency Care and Resuscitation
  2. HAN 417  Cardiac Emergencies
  3. HAN 471  Trauma and Trauma Systems
  4. HAN 472  Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials and Terrorism 
  5. HAN 477  Medical Emergencies

G. Disability Studies and Human Development
This concentration provides an interdisciplinary focus of study in areas such as independent living, employment, adults and children with disabilities, and health and community issues.  Job opportunities for entry-level professional and managerial positions may be found in developmental or physical disability services agencies, independent living centers, mental health centers, the geriatrics and vocational rehabilitation agencies.

  1. HAN 443  Aging and Disability
  2. HAN 446  Disability Health and Community
  3. HAN 447  Children with Disabilities
  4. HAN 448  Disability and Employment
  5. HAN 449  Project in Disability Studies

H. Medical Dosimetry 
A medical dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team. Medical dosimetrists have the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations for cancer patients in collaboration with the medical physicist and the radiation oncologist.After completion of this concentration, students continue on to the post-baccalaureate program in order to be eligible to take the Medical Dosimetrist Certification exam.  Job opportunities may be found in cancer treatment centers, community hospitals, free-standing clinics and medical schools. (total length of program 4 + 1 = 5 years) Note:  HAN 395  Radiation Physics in Medicine (4 credits) is required during the fall semesterof the senior year as a prerequisite to acceptance into the concentration. Acceptance into the post-baccalaureate clinical year is required in order to enter the concentration. 

The Medical Dosimetry program is accredited by the: 

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, Illinois 60606-3182
Phone: 312.704.5300
Email: mail@jrcert.org

  1. HAN 402  Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology
  2. HAN 482  Introduction to Pathology
  3. HAN 486  Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy
  4. HAN 487  Introduction to Treatment Planning 
  5. HAN 490  Fundamentals of Medical Dosimetry and Contouring 
  6. HAN 492  Radiation Oncology/Medical Physics II

For admission requirements to the clinical concentrations, please refer to the SHTM Web site at http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs

I. Nuclear Medicine Technology
This concentration was designed to educate students to meet a growing need for highly trained technologists who utilize rapidly developing technologies to image the distribution of radioactive agents in the body. Nuclear medicine is widely used for imaging bodies of patients with cardiac conditions and those with cancer. After completion of this concentration, students continue on to the post-baccalaureate program in order to be eligible to take the national registry examination. Job opportunities may be found in hospitals, physicians’ offices and diagnostic laboratories. (total length of program 4 + 1 = 5 years)


Note:  HAN 395  Radiation Physics in Medicine (4 credits) is required during the fall semester of the senior year as a prerequisite to acceptance into the concentration. Acceptance into the post-baccalaureate clinical year is required in order to enter the concentration. Students must complete the one-year post-baccalaureate clinical training in order to be eligible to take the National Registry Examination.

  1. HAN 401  Radiobiology and Health Physics
  2. HAN 402  Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology
  3. HAN 426  Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation
  4. HAN 427  Nuclear Medicine Procedures
  5. HAN 429  Radiopharmacy and Therapy

For admission requirements to the clinical concentrations, please refer to the SHTM Web site at  http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs

J. Radiologic Technology 
This concentration was developed to train students to meet the growing demand for technologists who image the body through the use of radiation equipment (X-ray technology). As a member of the radiological team, technologists capture images of bones, organs, and blood vessels as prescribed by physicians to assist in the diagnosis of diseases or injuries. After completion of this concentration, students continue on to the post-baccalaureate program in order to be eligible to take the national registry examination. Job opportunities may be found in hospitals, physicians’ offices, urgent care clinics, diagnostic laboratories and industry. (total length of program 4 + 1 = 5 years)

Note: HAN395 Radiation Physics in Medicine (4 credits) is required during the fall semester of the senior year as a prerequisite to acceptance into the concentration. Acceptance into the post-baccalaureate clinical year is required in order to enter the concentration. Students must complete the one-year post-baccalaureate clinical training in order to be eligible to take the National Registry Examination.

  1. HAN 401  Radiobiology and Health Physics
  2. HAN 402  Radiographic Anatomy and Pathology
  3. HAN 404  Radiology Instrumentation
  4. HAN 405  Radiographic Technique
  5. HAN 406  Radiographic Procedures and Positioning I

For admission requirements to the clinical concentrations, please refer to the SHTM Web site at  http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs

K. Anesthesia Technology
This concentration allows students to function as an integral member of an anesthesia team in a surgical setting. After completion of this concentration, students can work as an assistant in the operating room and can continue on to the post-baccalaureate program in order to be eligible for the national certification examination. (total length of program 4 + 1 = 5 years)

  1. HAN 434  Corporate Compliance and Regulation
  2. HAN 481  Intro. to Anesthesia
  3. HAN 483 Cardiopulmonary Physiology for Anesthesia Technology
  4. HAN 485  Clinical Monitoring
  5. HAN 489 Pharmacology for Anesthesia Technology

For admission requirements to the clinical concentrations, please refer to the SHTM Web site at  http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs  

L. Healthcare Quality: Coding and Reimbursement
This concentration is designed to prepare students for entry level practice as a medical biller and coder.  Medical billers and coders are specialized technicians who consult classification manuals to help determine the proper billing codes and utilize computer software to assign one of several hundred “diagnosis-related groups,” or DRGs. The DRG determines the amount for which the hospital will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare or other insurance programs using the DRG system. In addition to the DRG system, coders use other coding systems, such as those geared toward ambulatory settings or long-term care.

Acceptance into this concentration is required prior to enrollment. For admission requirements to this concentration, please refer to the SHTM website at   http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs  

Note: In addition to the spring semester concentration coursework this concentration requires a 6 credit, full-time 6 week practicum during summer session 

  1. HAN 420 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS for Coders 
  2. HAN 421 Outpatient Coding
  3. HAN 422 Healthcare Reimbursement 
  4. HAN 424 Pathophysiology for Healthcare Professionals
  5. HAN 489  Pharmacology for Anesthesia Technology
  6. HAN 423 Coding Practicum
Related Electives 

Students are encouraged to take related electives designated: 
      ECO, CSE and BUS for the Health Care Management concentration 
      CSE, PSY, ECO and BUS for the Health Care Informatics concentration 
      HIS, HBP, ECO, MEC, BCP, SOC and BUS for the Environmental Health concentration 
      LHW, ECO, ANT, SOC, HMC, PSY and BUS for the Public Health concentration 
      SOC, HWC, LHW, PSY, SSI and HMC for the Community Health Education concentration

Relevant electives are subject to change. Please visit the SHTM website http://healthtechnology.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/hs  for more information.