Why study Interdisciplinary Health and Social Justice at APSU?
This interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate is unique in the region and prepares students for careers in diverse areas of public health through training in theory, research and practice. Students learn sought-after skills that cut across industries and provides them with a credential that enhances marketability. Faculty work closely with students to promote learning, empowerment and community.
What will I learn?
Students will acquire knowledge of the systemic correlates of health and disease. They will develop an understanding of inequities in health outcomes related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual identity, gender identity, and other sociocultural factors. Students will explore health consequences of chronic stress related to experiences of discrimination, oppression, poverty, working and living conditions.
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The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the Psychology Club, Sociology Club, Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology, and Psi Chi Honor Society (Psychology).
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Interdisciplinary Health and Social Justice Certificate Holders Do After Graduation?
A certificate in Interdisciplinary Health and Social Justice can enhance your skills for a wide array of jobs in social justice advocacy or the public health and non-profit sectors. Students may also use the certificate as a foundation for pursuing graduate work in the fields of sociology, psychology, nursing and public health.
- Public Health
- Health Maintenance Organizations
- Community Health Worker
- Advocacy and Social Justice Manager
- Master of Sociology
- Doctorate of Public Health
- Doctorate of Psychology
- Federal, State, and Social health agencies
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Community Advocacy Groups
- Community Organizer/Educator
- Health Policy Data Analyst
- Public Health Officer
- Medical Socialist
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Psychology
- Doctorate of Sociology