Mission, Vision, & Goals


To promote the health and well-being of all people by preparing future leaders and scholars in the health sciences.


To explore human biology and disease at the molecular, cellular, behavioral and systems level for the improvement of human health.

Goals and Learning Outcomes

1. To integrate knowledge of the multiple mechanisms underlying human health and disease at the molecular, cellular, systems biology and behavioral level.

(a) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms underlying human biology.
(b) Examine the influences of various factors on health state and physiological functioning including, but not limited to, the environment, health behaviors, culture, socioeconomic status, access to health care, health literacy, disability, genetics.
(c) Integrate new course material across fields into personal scientific knowledge.

2. To develop critical thinking through the process of scientific inquiry and its translation into human health and wellness.

(a) Design experiments to address a specific hypothesis.
(b) Represent and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in statistically meaningful forms.
(c) Critique primary scientific literature and data for quality of evidence and relevance to theory and practice.

3. To develop effective communication skills and ethical and complex decision making.

(a) Communicate orally and in writing to demonstrate ability to convey scientific information and ideas clearly and persuasively.
(b) Produce a comprehensive project/manuscript to demonstrate scientific inquiry.
(c) Apply ethical principles to issues presented in coursework.
(d) Adapt the same human science information to be communicated effectively to different audiences.

4. To engage in experiential learning to facilitate application of human science.

(a) Integrate scientific principles through laboratory and community experiences.
(b) Apply scientific inquiry through an internship experience.
(c) Link basic science knowledge to specific topics of health and disease that are presented during experiential learning.

(Approved: June 15, 2010)