Health-Related Courses

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Miami University offers a diverse curriculum that may be of special interest to students pursuing careers in healthcare professions. Beyond the courses that are part of the programming offered by the Mallory-Wilson Center or are requirements of the Premedical and Pre-Health Studies Co-major, we have assembled a list of courses of which you might not be aware and from which you might benefit.

Health-Related Courses

A-E (Anthropology-English)


ATH 255. Foundations of Biological Anthropology. (4)

Introduction to biological anthropology using framework of evolutionary theory. Includes human origins, especially ancestral hominids, nonhuman primate studies, models of human evolution, and human variation.

ATH 348. Introduction to Medical Anthropology. (3)

Topics and theoretical approaches of medical anthropology. Explores why disease emerges within particular socio-cultural settings and how people in those settings understand and treat their ills. Topics include historical and current pandemics, culturally specific illnesses, local medical practices, and individuals' struggles with particular ills.

ATH 378. Doctors, Clinics, and Epidemics. (3)

Explores the contemporary social, cultural, and communicative practices of biomedicine, and links these to the responses to epidemics and social hierarchies that form its European roots. Engages various understandings of clinical language, communication, and structural inequities that challenge the efficacy of medical practice.

ATH 428. Anthropology of Women's Health. (3)

Explores how culture shapes women's bodies and health from a cross-cultural perspective; topics include cross-cultural examinations of women's life-cycle, illnesses, bodily violations, and notions of beauty.

ATH 448. Developing Solutions in Global Health. (3) (MPC)

Global health is the study of illness and health as a consequence of bio-cultural processes that are both local and global. This is a transdisciplinary capstone encouraging teamwork to understand the complexities of and develop a grant proposal to address a student-identified global health problem.


ART 194. Introduction to Art Therapy. (3)

Introductory seminar to the field of art therapy as a career, history and origins of the field, education standards and application, and art experientials.


BIO 161. Principles of Human Physiology. (4) (MPF)

Examines physiological systems of the human body. Lecture provides basic information regarding function of these systems from an integrative perspective. In laboratory, use hands-on approach and work in small groups to conduct experiments and/or carry out projects to illustrate the physiological concepts presented in lecture. Not open to Biology, Botany, or Zoology majors. IVA, LAB. CAS-D/LAB. CAS-QL.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.

BIO 181. Medicinal and Therapeutic Plants. (3) (MPF)

Plants have been used as medicines for thousands of years, and continue to be an important source of new cures and therapies for human disease. This course will trace the history of their use, discuss modern debates concerning the use of plants as medicines, and explore examples of medicinal and therapeutic plants. IVA. CAS-D.

BIO 201. Human Anatomy. (4)

Anatomy of typical vertebrates.

BIO 255. Introduction to Biotechnology. (3)

Examination of modern biotechnology and issues emerging from this technology. Emphasis on plant biotechnology and practical application of plants or their components in industry, agriculture, medicine, and the environment. Basic principles of molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology introduced.

BIO 305. Human Physiology. (4) (MPT)

Study of general physiological principles necessary for basic understanding of life processes. CAS-D/LAB.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.
Prerequisite: one year of chemistry, junior standing, and  BIO 203 or  MBI 365, or permission of instructor.

BIO 400. Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Biology. (3) (MPC)

Requires seniors to critically evaluate and form positions on current biological issues of national interest. Format, theme, and topics change from term to term. Examples of themes include the management and use of natural resources, preservation of biological diversity, nature of the medical profession, and issues raised by advances in biotechnology. Faculty as well as other recognized authorities participate.

BIO 454/BIO 554. Endocrinology. (3) (MPC)

Study of the role of chemical messengers and hormones from endocrine and neural origin, in control of physiological processes. Includes review and discussion of current techniques and methodologies in the literature. CAS-D/LAB.
Prerequisite:  BIO 305, or both  BIO 161 and  BIO 203, and  CHM 241.

BIO 457/BIO 557. Neuroanatomy. (3)

Study of structural and functional organization of the mammalian central nervous system. Emphasis on organization of and current methodologies used in study of major neuroanatomical pathways and neurotransmitters of mammalian brain and spinal cord. Includes computer-assisted imaging of brain structures and methods of data analysis.
Prerequisite:  BIO 305, or both  BIO 161 and  BIO 203.

BIO 469/BIO 569. Neurophysiology. (3) (MPC)

Study of the physiology of the central nervous system with emphasis on the cellular and molecular basis of signal transmission in the brain. Includes a review of current techniques and topics in the literature.
Prerequisite:  BIO 305, or both  BIO 161 and  BIO 203; graduate standing for 569.


CMR 224. Medical Terminology. (3)

Covers medical terms including definitions, spelling, and pronunciation along with their use in a workplace setting.

Disability Studies

DST 272. Introduction to Disability Studies. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Explores the link between the social construction of disability and that of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation as they pertain to social justice in a multicultural and democratic society. Promotes critical analysis of dominant and nondominant perspectives on disability. IC, IIC. CAS-C.

Cross-listed with EDP/SOC.

DST 278. Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity. (3)

Provides a critical analysis of the historical, sociological, cultural, media and educational images and representations of women with disabilities. Current research and theories from Disabilities Studies and Womens Studies will serve as the lenses for the exploration of disability as a social construct. The course will focus on exploration of oppressive social forces embedded in the re/presentations of and by women with disabilities which transform and complicate such images.

Cross-listed with EDP/WGS.


ECO 332. Health Economics. (3) (MPT)

Investigation of the markets for health care and related sectors of the economy with attention to institutions and data for the U.S. health care sector. Emphasizes the presence of moral hazard and asymmetric information in various health care markets. Topics may include proposals for reform, malpractice, drug regulation, Medicare and Medicaid, problems of access to care for the uninsured, and cross country comparisons.

Prerequisite: ECO 201.

Educational Psychology

EDP 357. Student Mental Health. (3)

Student mental health examines the critical issues that education and community professionals as well as parents and the general public need to address in regards to the mental health of young people in the 21st century. Throughout this course, the Response to Intervention (RTI) model with tiered intervention is followed along with the necessity of intergrating therapeutic services and practices into the school setting. Essential mental health topics and practices such as screening for at-risk students, culturally sensitive practices, crisis intervention, suicide prevention/intervention, bullying, cyberbullying, drug/alcohol abuse, and physical/sexual abuse are covered.


ENG 225. Advanced Composition. (3)

Topic:It’s subtitle is: the birds and the bees. Writing about science, nature and medicine.

Prerequisite:  ENG 109 or  ENG 111 (or AP and other placement credit).

ENG 263. Literature and Medicine. (3)

What does literature have to do with medicine? Turns out, a lot. Every patient has a story, and good diagnosis requires an understanding of how stories work. It is no accident that “taking a history” is a doctor’s first task with a patient, for the signs of illness are always embedded in narrative. In fact, medical diagnosis has much in common with literary interpretation; both practices require attention to patterns of meaning that are initially difficult to discern, lost in a welter of details, tangled in style and emotion.  The practice of interpretative discernment—the skill of reading for pattern, symptom, causality—lies at the very heart of the medical arts. Like good literary critics, good physicians must be only astute and sensitive readers—attuned their own biases, aware that cultural assumptions always shape interpretations, sometimes leading to bias or error.  The practice of medicine and the giving of care, therefore, cannot simply rest on scientific expertise.  This is one reason why medical schools are creating medical humanities programs and seeking applicants steeped in history, literature, philosophy, and culture.  “Education in the humanities,” notes Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University Medical School, “is important preparation for a career in medicine.”  The reverse is also true.  For students of literature and humanities subjects,  encounters with disability, illness, and mortality remind us of essential features of human being.

This course is designed both for humanities students interested in health and illness and for pre-medical and nursing students seeking a deeper engagement with the literature of medicine.  We will examine a wide range of texts about the work of diagnosis, caregiving, illness, and healing.  Our readings will come from famous physician authors such as Antonin Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, Atul Gawande, and Oliver Sacks; classic stories of illness, disability, and recovery by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, Joan Didion, Laurie Moore, Pat Barker, Raymond Carver, Audre Lourde, and Kay Jamieson; and explorations of the social and cultural dimensions of medical knowledges by figures like Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, Stephen Jay Gould, Michel Foucault, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Styron, Eula Biss, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  Throughout our exploration, we will focus on the nature of interpretation itself as practice essential to the critical thinking and empathy sought by all students of the arts and sciences.

G-K (Gerontology-Kinesiology)


GTY 110. Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Volunteer Experience. (1; maximum 3)

OMA is an intergenerational visual art program for people with dementia. It is grounded in the belief that people with dementia are capable of expressing themselves creatively. Its approach is to capitalize on what people with dementia can still do. OMA currently offers its program at 15 sites that serve people with dementia in long-term care facilities, adult day centers and those living at home. OMA has four primary goals: 1) to promote the social engagement, autonomy, and dignity of people with dementia by providing creative self-expression opportunities; 2) to provide staff and volunteers with opportunities to build close relationships with people with dementia; 3) to show the public the creative self-expression capacities of people with dementia through exhibitions of their artwork; and 4) to contribute to the scholarly literature on dementia care and the arts. In this Service-Learning course you will volunteer weekly in the OMA program. IC.

GTY 260. Global Aging. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Integrates bio-demographic and socio-cultural approaches to the study of global aging by drawing on cross-cultural quantitative and qualitative data including ethnographic records. Developed and developing countries are compared and contrasted in terms of a wide range of issues related to aging, from global to local. The phenomenon of global aging is explored and addressed through active engagement with international organizations and individuals. IIIB, IC. CAS-C.

GTY 318. Social Forces and Aging. (3) (MPT)

Examines the social forces that shape the diverse experiences of aging for individuals and the social structures in which they live. Particular emphasis is given to sociological issues such as age stratification, the life course, demographic change and its effects, and societal aging as a force in social change. IC.
Prerequisite:  SOC 151 or  SOC 153 or SOC/ SJS 165; or SOC/DST/ EDP 272; or  GTY 154.
Cross-listed with  SOC 318.

GTY 354. Issues & Controversies in Aging. (3)

Enables students to explore issues such as end-of-life, theories of functional decline, responsibility for care of older people, and other sometimes controversial topics.
Prerequisite:  GTY 154.

GTY 357. Medical Sociology. (3)

Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals, and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services.

Prerequisite: SOC 151, SOC 153or GTY 154.

GTY 365. Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology. (3)

Provides practical information about working in programs serving older people. Topics include social policy and old age, health policy and programs, federal economic reform, grantsmanship, program planning and coordination, and professions in the field of aging.
Prerequisite:  GTY 154.

GTY 456/GTY 556. Aging & Health. (3)

As individuals grow older, they experience a variety of physical and social changes that influence their health and well-being. In this course, topics such as age-related changes in health and illness, psychosocial and behavioral factors that contribute to those changes, and health promotion and disease management among older adults are explored.
Prerequisite:  GTY 154.

GTY 479/GTY 579. Research on Inequality in Aging & Health. (4)

This course examines health inequalities, unequal access, and usage of health care as they relate to aging. Topics include health conditions, social environments, caregiving, and access to and utilization of health services and resources. The emphasis is on intersections of various inequality systems (e.g., race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender) and how age interacts with them to produce and reinforce health inequalities.

Global Health

GHS 101. Introduction to Global Health. (3) (MPF)

Introduces students to the complexity and ethical dilemmas of global health as a practical field that seeks to work with organizations and local communities to solve health problems. Students will learn to assess knowledge from multiple disciplines to thoroughly describe global health problems. This course is the required gateway to the Global Health Minor. IIIB.

Kinesiology and Health

KNH 102. Fundamentals of Nutrition. (3)

Food nutrients, essentials of an adequate diet, relationship of food to physical well-being.

KNH 125. Introduction to Public Health. (3) (MPF)

Public health is a multi-disciplinary field aimed at reducing preventable morbidity and premature mortality, and promoting a higher quality of life in populations and groups through health intervention. This course is designed to introduce the basic tenets, applications, and foci of public health, including integrating public health with other health professions. It will provide a history of public health, an overview of the core disciplines, current events and issues in the field. IIC.

KNH 194. Standard First Aid and CPR. (2)

Meets requirements for American Red Cross Standard First Aid certification and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.Co-requisite: KNH 194L.

KNH 194L. Standard First Aid and CPR Laboratory. (1)

Laboratory portion of KNH 194.

Co-requisite: KNH 194.

KNH 205. Understanding Drugs for the Health Promotion Professional. (3)

Examines historical, personal, and cultural bases for current patterns of drug use, misuse, and abuse, and identifies the short and long-term consequences associated with such patterns.

KNH 209. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals. (3)

Provides the opportunity for students to comprehend basic terms related to anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment. Students will understand word parts necessary to build medical terms and acceptable medical abbreviations and symbols. Credit not granted to students who have earned credit in BTE 224.

KNH 244. Functional Anatomy. (3)

The course emphasizes aspects of bodily structures and function among skeletal, nervous, and muscle systems. Students will learn the major bony landmarks, the structure and function of the major joints and muscles responsible for controlling human movement.

Co-requisite: KNH 244L.

KNH 244L. Functional Anatomy Laboratory. (1)

Practical examination of musculoskeletal structures of the human body.

Co-requisite: KNH 244.

KNH 382. Physical Activity & Fitness Assessment. (3)

Examination of the theory and application of various procedures, methodologies and technologies used to assess heart disease risk, physical activity, the attributes of health-related physical fitness and the administration of clinically-oriented exercise testing procedures in healthy and chronic disease populations.
Prerequisite:  KNH 188.
Co-requisite:  KNH 382L.

KNH 453Y/553Y. Musculoskeletal Disorders and Exercise. (3)

This course will provide an overview of common Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) with special consideration given to the roles of lifestyle and the movement system in the cause and treatment of MSDs.   Learning objectives for this course include:

  • Examine the epidemiology, etiology and conservative treatment (e.g., exercise, nutrition etc) of common MSDs such as low back pain, neck pain, knee dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome and more
  • Outline the impact of injury, inflammation, and pain on the musculoskeletal system
  • Appraise how kinesiopathology (movement system dysfunction) can lead to the generation of musculoskeletal disorders and pain, and demonstrate some ways to assess for kinesiopathology
  • Discuss the use of exercise for the treatment for MSDs as well as for correction of movement impairment (dysfunction)

KNH 468. Physiology of Exercise and Physical Activity. (3)

Critical examination of the physiological processes and mechanisms thought to underlie the relationships between physical activity, exercise, and health. Prerequisite:  KNH 188 and junior or graduate standing. Co-requisite:  KNH 468L.

KNH 482. Exercise Prescription: Healthy Individuals & Individuals with Chronic Diseases/Disorders. (3)

In a case-study format, students will develop evidence-based physical activity/exercise recommendations (exercise prescriptions) for healthy individuals. Additionally, this course provides in-depth information about chronic diseases, disorders and disabilities that are commonplace and can be managed with exercise and physical activity. Content is directed towards understanding of specific physiological and pathophysiological characteristics associated with common chronic diseases, disorders and disabilities, its effect on the exercise response and adaptations, the effects of commonly used medications on the exercise response, and unique circumstances associated with specific chronic diseases/disorders. The development of specific physical activity/exercise prescriptions (recommendations & guidance) is directed for individuals with the following: cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, metabolic diseases, immunological and hematological diseases, orthopedic diseases and disabilities, neuromuscular disorders, and cognitive, psychological, and sensory disorders.

M-S (Microbiology-Sociology)


MBI 361. Epidemiology. (3) (MPT)

Consideration of the epidemic nature, etiology, and characteristics of infectious and organic diseases, and methods used to analyze their control within the framework of environmental and population variables.
Prerequisite: two hours of microbiology or biology or permission of instructor.

MBI 405/MBI 505. Medical Bacteriology. (4)

Pathogenic bacteria, their identification, and mechanisms by which they cause disease.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.
Prerequisites: MBI 201 and either MBI 365 or BIO 203.

MBI 414/MBI 514. Immunology Principles. (3)

Lectures covering molecules, cells, tissues, and organs of the immune system. Primary emphasis on mechanisms involved in immune responses.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.
Prerequisites: MBI 365 or BIO 203, and CHM 242 or CHM 332.

MBI 415/MBI 515. Immunology Principles and Practice. (4)

Covers the same lecture content as MBI 414/MBI 514, but adds laboratory exercises and demonstrations illustrating a variety of immunologic phenomena, techniques, and applications. Credit not given for both MBI 414/MBI 514 and MBI 415/MBI 515.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.
Prerequisites: MBI 365 or BIO 203, and CHM 242 or CHM 332.

MBI 464/MBI 564. Human Viruses. (3)

Study of the physical and chemical characteristics of viruses, virus replication mechanisms, disease causation and host response, and tumor induction.
Prerequisites: MBI 365 or BIO 203 and BIO 342 or permission of instructor.


PHL 375. Medical Ethics. (4) (MPT)

Purpose of course is to think together in an informed and critical manner about selected issues in the field of health care. Attempt made with each issue addressed to consider distinctive interests and perspectives of physicians, nurses, patients, and the public. Issues considered include physician/patient relationships; lying, truth-telling, paternalism, and trust; death and dying, including suicide, euthanasia, and treatment of defective newborns; treatment of mental illness and patient rights; allocating scarce resources; nature of health and purposes of medicine.
Prerequisite: Prior completion of one course in philosophy;  PHL 131 is recommended.


PSY 231. Developmental Psychology. (3) (MPT)

Psychological development over the lifespan; research and theory in physical, perceptual, cognitive, language, and socio-emotional development.
Prerequisite:  PSY 111 or  EDP 101.

PSY 242. Abnormal Psychology. (3) (MPT)

In-depth survey of symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of major psychological disorders including functional and organic psychoses, neuroses, personality disorders, psychophysiological disorders, affective disorders and suicide, alcoholism and other drug use disorders, psychosexual deviations, mental retardation, and abnormal behaviors associated with childhood, adolescence, family, and old age.
Prerequisite:  PSY 111.

PSY 251. Introduction to Biopsychology. (3)

Introduction to basic research and theory in physiological psychology: brain mechanisms and consciousness, memory, thought, emotion, and stress. Basic neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, as well as nervous system-endocrine system integration are included.

PSY 331. Infant Development. (3)

A survey of research and theory on physical, cognitive and social development in infancy.
Prerequisite:  PSY 231 and  PSY 294.

PSY 332. Child Development. (3) (MPT)

A survey of research and theory on physical, cognitive and social development in infancy and childhood.
Prerequisites:  PSY 231 and  PSY 294.

PSY 333. Adolescent Development. (3) (MPT)

Survey of research and theory on physical, cognitive, and social development in adolescence.
Prerequisites:  PSY 231 and  PSY 294.

PSY 334. Adulthood and Aging. (3) (MPT)

Psycho-social functioning across adulthood with a focus on middle and old age. Changes in and determinants of body structures and functions, motor skills, intelligence and cognition, personality, and social behavior.
Prerequisites:  PSY 231 and  PSY 294.

PSY 351. Advanced Biopsychology. (4)

Current theories and research in motivation, emotion, learning and memory, and/or sensation and perception. Laboratory includes anatomical dissections of sheep brains and experimentation in biopsychology, including behavioral research with rodents and analysis of prepared tissue samples.
3 Lec. 1 Lab.
Prerequisite:  BIO 305 or ( PSY 251 and  PSY 294) or permission of instructor.

PSY 356. Psychopharmacology. (3)

Survey of the major classes of psychoactive drugs. In addition to behavioral and psychological effects, emphasis is placed on sites and mechanisms of drug action.
Prerequisite:  PSY 251 or  BIO 305 or permission of instructor.

PSY 410. Capstone Seminar in Psychology: The Multiple Determinants of Behavior. (3) (MPC)

Promotes the integration of the student's knowledge of psychology to a particular topic within psychology.
Prerequisite:  PSY 294.

Speech Pathology and Audiology

SPA 233. Perspectives of the Human Face. (3) (MPF, MPT)

Course describes basic concepts of growth and development of the human face and the resulting craniofacial anomalies (CFAs) that occur when this process is interrupted. The major causes of CFAs are explored, and the major genetic syndromes with CFAs are reviewed. Students learn how to identify CFAs and how to distinguish between normal racial and ethnic variation in facial appearance and anomalous facial appearance. Students also review the causes of CFAs and their impacts on affected individuals, and learn how to select strategies for helping persons with abnormal facial features to live normal lives. IIC.

SPA 316. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

Topics include: physics of sound principles and techniques of audiometric testing, types of hearing loss, and treatments for hearing impairment.
Prerequisite: junior standing (major status).


PHY 421/PHY 521. Molecular and Cellular Biophysics. (4)

Introduction to physical phenomena acting on molecular and cellular size scales, including transport properties; thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of reactions; self-assembly; and fluctuations. Development of physical models for biological systems and phenomena, including cooperative behavior in macromolecules; enzyme activity; molecular motors and machines; energy transduction; and nerve transmission.
Prerequisite:  PHY 162 or  PHY 192MTH 252, or permission of instructor.

(It says Calc III, but students who have had Calc II and exposure to differential equations do fine.)

PHY 422/PHY 522. Physics for Medicine and Biology. (4)

Introduction to biophysical phenomena, especially on the cellular and tissue size scales, including materials and fluid mechanics; transport phenomena; and electromagnetic phenomena. Introduction to physical methods used in medicine and biology, including methods of signal and image analysis; use of tissue-light interactions; ultrasound, x-ray, and NMR imaging; and nuclear medicine.
Prerequisites:  PHY 292PHY 294; and  MTH 252.

(This is meant for physics/engineering majors, and is an intro to medical physics.  Level of math and physics makes it difficult for students without the math background, unfortunately.  It may not stay on the books much longer; it gets 7-10 students per offering so it has a low-enrollment problem.  I am willing to develop an algebra-based replacement if you think there might be an audience for it.)


SOC 357. Medical Sociology. (3)

Sociological study of illness, patients, medical professionals, and problems inherent in the delivery of health care services.
Prerequisites:  SOC 151 or  SOC 153; or SOC/ SJS 165; or  GTY 154.
Cross-listed with GTY.

SOC 358. The Sociology of Mental Disorders. (3)

Study of social factors in cause, perpetuation, and treatment of emotional problems.
Prerequisite:  SOC 151 or  SOC 153; or SOC/ SJS 165.

SOC 221. Sexualities. (3)

Introduction to the study of human sexual behavior with particular attention paid to the issues of gender development; premarital, marital, and post-marital sexual patterns; birth control; sexual dysfunction; cross-cultural sexual patterns; and alternative sexual lifestyles.
Cross-listed with FSW/WGS.

SOC 257. Population. (3) (MPT)

Examines population theory, characteristics, dynamics and policies, focusing on global processes and global inequality.

SOC 435/SOC 535. Death Studies. (3) (MPT)

Examines social processes involved in the meaning, management, and experience of death and dying. Analyzes death as it relates to social structure, patterns of social interactions, and human experience.
Prerequisite:  SOC 151 or  SOC 153; SOC/ SJS 165; or  GTY 154.