DRAKE UNIVERSITY
Programs of Study
HS-H/DMU MPH Program


First Year
FALL
HSCI 020INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCES2 CR
FYS First Year Seminar3 CR
BIO 012/LPre-professional Biology I & Lab (LIFE AOI)4 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.3 CR
INTD 025Bulldog Foundations1 CR
PSY 001Intro Psychology4 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

17
SPRING
ECON 002Microeconomics13 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.9 CR
HSCI 021PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE2 CR
MATH 028Business Calculus (QUANT AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

17
Second Year
FALL
ACCT 041Accounting I3 CR
HSCI  141/LHuman Anatomy/Lab4 CR
ECON 010Macroeconomics3 CR
HSCI 144Introduction to Public Health3 CR
HSCI 025*Introduction to the US Health Care System3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

16
J-TERM
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

3
SPRING
HSCI 125/LPhysiology & Lab24 CR
P-ELEC ---Professional Electives3 CR
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.3 CR
HSCI 106*Culture Care & Hlth Lit3(GLOB/CITZ AOI)3 CR
HSCI 060*Stats in Health Sciences4 (CRIT AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

16
Third Year
FALL
HSCI 143Epidemiology 3 CR
P-ELEC ---Professional Electives2 CR
HSCI 172EVALUATING RESEARCH LIT (INFO AOI)3 CR
HSCI 055*Innovation & Leadership in Health Sciences3 CR
HSCI 095*Medical Terminology1 CR
FIN 095Finance3 CR
MGMT 110Organizational Behavior3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

18
J-TERM
ELEC ---Drake Curriculum/Gen Elec.3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

3
SPRING
HSCI 108Intro to US Health Care Policy3 CR
IS 044Information Tools2 CR
MKTG 101Marketing Principles3 CR
P-ELEC ---Professional Electives5 CR
HSCI 105VALUES & ETHICS IN HEALTH SCIENCES (VE AOI)3 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

16
Fourth Year
FALL
MPH ---MPH Coursework9 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

9
SPRING
MPH ---MPH Coursework9 CR

Semester Total Credit Hours

9
Total Program Hours: 124

Program Notes:

To view remaining MPH requirements, see DMU course requirements.

Bolded courses must be taken in the designated semester, unless prior approval by the College is provided.

*Asterisked courses are recommended to be taken in the designated semester, but may be offered in alternative semesters.
1 = HSCI 102 – Health Economics can be substituted for requirement (course offered only in fall semester)
2 = BIO 129/L – Mammalian Physiology or PHAR 125 can be substituted for requirement (courses offered only in fall semester)
3 = HSCI 106 - Culture Care is requirement for HSCI degree, and may be completed in J-term or Spring, based on availability.
4 = STAT 060 – Statistics for the Life Sciences can be substituted for requirement

Students may declare a Business Minor after successful completion of ACCT 041. Note: HSCI 102 does not apply to the Business minor.

Drake Curriculum/General Electives (min 24 credits): Area of Inquiry (AOI) requirements not fulfilled by required courses – Artistic Experience AOI, Engaged Citizen AOI, Historical Foundations AOI (2 courses), Scientific Literacy - Physical Sciences AOI, and Written Communication AOI. Three (3) additional credits of General Elective coursework must be completed at Drake. Remaining General Electives are fulfilled by MPH courses at Des Moines University.

Declare Health Sciences track by end of the first semester. Apply to MPH program by March 1 of the junior year to begin course work during the summer, and July 1 following the junior year to begin course work during the fall of the senior year. (GRE required).

Professional Electives (min 15 credits): Professional electives refer to the courses below; other courses may be used as approved. A minimum of 10 credits of professional elective coursework must be completed at Drake. Additional professional electives will be fulfilled by MPH courses at Des Moines University. If admitted to the MPH program, required credit minimums for Health Sciences and Business Professional Electives are waived.
Biomedical Science Electives
(no minimum)
*BIO 095-199
*CHEM 097-199
*NSCI 001-199
*PHY 001-199
Health Science Electives
(min 3 credits)
*PHAR 100-199
*HSCI 100-199
*EDUC 172
*SPAN 154
Business Electives
(min 3 credits)
*ACCT 042-199
*BLAW 060-199
*ECON 011-199
*FIN 096-199
*INS 051-199
*MGMT 111-199
*MKTG 102-199
*BUS 005-199

Psychology Electives
(no minimum)
*PSY 002-199
*SCSS 081

Leadership Electives
(no minimum)
*LEAD 050-199


Professional Electives Policy: Core curricula of CPHS degree programs may require professional elective courses that permit exploration of and/or advanced study in areas of professional interest within the student’s primary degree. Professional electives provide the student with an opportunity to not only pursue areas of intellectual interest, but also to develop an individual “brand” that may benefit them in their professional or academic future. Students who desire to have a non-approved electives count toward professional elective credit should apply for an exception to program policy prior to taking the course whenever possible. Professional electives must be taken for a grade unless the course is designed as credit/no credit. Students should refer to their degree audit for determination of the total number of required professional electives. Students should review the student handbook for the complete professional elective policy and details specific to their degree program.

**If not admitted to the MPH program, all credit minimums for Drake Curriculum/General Electives and Professional Electives must be fulfilled to earn a Bachelor of Sciences in Health Sciences.

**Should students not complete their coursework at DMU and decide to return to Drake University, they will no longer be eligible for their Drake tuition guarantee. They will be responsible for the current University tuition rate.



Experiential Program Notes:

Course Requirements for Accelerated Partner Program and International Internship Students

  • The Health Sciences Senior Internship includes the following courses:
  • HSCI 155: Guided Research I (2 credits)
  • HSCI 156: Guided Research II (2 credits)
  • HSCI 196: Health Sciences Internship I (3 credits)
  • HSCI 197: Health Sciences Internship II (3 credits)
  • Students intending to apply to an accelerated partner program must inform the Health Sciences Experiential Director prior to November 15. If the notification deadline is not met, the student will be required to complete HSCI 196 and 197 in consecutive fall and spring semesters. No other scheduling options for internships or research will be considered following the deadline.
  • Any deviation from the above course requirements must be planned in conjunction with the Health Sciences Department Chair and Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment (via the Exception to Program Policy Request Form) by November 15 of the student’s junior year.
  • If alternative arrangements for research courses and/or internships are made, the student is committed to the arranged schedule even if the student is not admitted into the accelerated program.

  • International Internships
  • Students completing internships at international sites may take HSCI 196 and/or HSCI 197 during the summer before senior year.
  • Students seeking to complete internships at international sites should contact the Health Sciences Experiential Director no later than November 15 of their junior year.