CEDAR CREST COLLEGE TO LAUNCH FOUR NEW HEALTH CARE MAJORS THIS FALL
ALLENTOWN, PA – Already well known for its nursing and science programs, Cedar Crest College will expand its non-clinical health care majors this fall when it introduces four new ones as part of the Department of Health Sciences.
The program offers non-clinical majors for students who want to work in health care but don’t want to practice medicine. It’s an interdisciplinary program incorporating biology, nutrition, business and psychology.
“Health care continues to be a growing field and a top employer in the Lehigh Valley region largely due to the number of high quality hospitals and medical facilities,” said Provost Elizabeth Meade, PhD. “This new program is a natural progression for Cedar Crest and builds on our existing strengths by taking what we do well – health care and the sciences – and extending them even farther.”
Undergraduate students enrolling in the new Health Sciences program will take two years of interrelated core courses that expose them to each of the majors in the program. This allows them to enter the program initially undecided as they explore classes that apply to each course of study. This structure provides them with the flexibility to determine which major best fits their skill set and interests so that they are able to select their major and focus area for years three and four.
• Health Science is the broadest of the four new majors, providing students with an overview of the health care field including its business side. Graduates with this major earn a Certificate in Health Care Management as well as their bachelor’s degree.
• Public Health focuses on health promotion and disease and injury prevention. It prepares students to work in a variety of settings including government agencies, health education, as well as hospitals and clinics. With this major, students can also pursue a Masters in Public Health after graduation.
• Health Promotion and Wellness focuses on the physical, psychosocial, and spirituality aspects of health and health care by promoting wellness through a well-balanced lifestyle, healthy living, and behavior modifications. Career paths include director of wellness programs or wellness coordinator in private business and community organizations.
• Exercise Science prepares students to enter a variety of professional settings such as sport and wellness programs, community recreational programs, and private and corporate agencies. It also serves as a launch pad for advanced degrees in occupational and physical therapy, as well as exercise physiology, personal trainer and athletic trainer.
Biological Sciences Associate Professor Amy Reese, Ph.D., interim chair of the newly created department, said that students will be able to customize their curriculum by declaring dual paths either within the program or across academic divides so as to explore the synergy that exists between the arts and sciences. “Cedar Crest’s liberal arts approach creates well-rounded and experienced students no matter what their major by exposing them to all of their areas of personal interest throughout their collegiate career. Someone who has an interest in public health but also a passion for the arts can pursue both.”
Reese also explained that the launch of the four new majors relates to a 2007 initiative by the Institution of Medicine of the National Academies to make Public Health and Epidemiology classes accessible to all undergraduates. “The goal of this directive is to educate the population so they are better able to understand a wide range of public health challenges and health care costs,” said Reese.
Psychology Professor Micah Sadigh, Ph.D. says the new program will teach and demonstrate the connections between psychosocial factors and physical health. “By teaching the biopsychosocial model we can more effectively treat the entire person through an integrated approach and not just the symptoms of a particular injury or illness,” said Sadigh. “This can help us to better prevent disease while breaking the cycle of maladaptive behaviors that have been reinforced for years leading us to bad health habits.”
Lisa McGuirk, Director of Athletics, Recreation & Wellness, expects the program to assist women in getting into areas like coaching, athletic training and physical therapy, which she considers to be empowering fields. “These new majors open up the college to a new group of potential students and expands our recruiting capabilities in athletics.”
Located in Allentown, Pa., Cedar Crest College was selected as a “Top Regional College” and “Best Value” in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings for 2012, 2013 and 2014. The liberal arts college is committed to the education of women leaders in an increasingly global society. Founded in 1867, Cedar Crest currently enrolls approximately 1,400 students—full-time, part-time and graduate—in more than 30 fields of study. Cedar Crest also provides opportunities for non-traditional and graduate students through its co-educational School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE). For more information, visit www.CedarCrest.edu.
Tracey Werner, Blabbermouth Communications