The minors offered by the Department of Health Care Administration and Public Health are designed to further prepare students for the dynamic demands of a health care careers. Recent surveys indicate that nearly 20% of employees in the United States,
as well as in Louisville, are employed in some sector of health care. Louisville is also the corporate headquarters for 10 major health care companies. Regardless of your major, you may find yourself working for a company with a health care focus.
The following minors augment several majors from various academic departments at Bellarmine, including business administration, accounting, anthropology, English, finance, fine arts, psychology, communication, nursing, respiratory therapy, medical
laboratory science, biology, sociology, and more.
Students pursuing the minor in Health Care will gain information on various aspects of the health care system in the United States. This minor is an excellent choice for students in business administration, psychology, biology, accounting, finance,
communication, or sociology to gain greater familiarity with aspects of health care that may impact and inform a future career. Coursework for the minor includes six courses (18 credits) focused on the current health care system, health policy
and legal issues in health care, health care finance, leadership in health care, quality improvement, and health care ethics.
Minor in Health Humanities
This minor requires students to analyze the intersections of health and the human condition through spirituality, ethics, law, culture, literature, and the arts. Studying health from this interdisciplinary perspective fosters compassion, resilience,
cultural awareness, and innovation. The minor in Health Humanities prepares students for the dynamic demands of a patient-centered health care ecosystem, which requires professionals to absorb the bigger picture of health care and create sustainable
options that are not one-size-fits-all. The program includes six courses (18 credits) covering health humanities, narrative medicine, health care ethics, health policy, gerontology, and cultural communication.
Minor in Health Care Leadership
For students who are already pursuing a major in a healthcare-related discipline, the minor in Health Care Leadership will complement discipline-specific coursework by adding essential knowledge about the broader health care field and business aspects
of health care operations. This minor is ideal for students majoring in nursing, exercise science, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory science, or radiation therapy. Based on feedback from health care leaders, various organizations value additional
knowledge when seeking to hire or promote candidates from within their companies. In the required seven courses (21 credits) for the minor, students will learn about business administration, health care law, health policy, quality improvement,
health care marketing, financial considerations, and leadership.
The Public Health minor focuses on important issues such as social inequality, health disparities, determinants of health, the health care system, and human illness and diseases. The minor also contains elective courses to provide students the flexibility to take subjects that are aligned with their interests. The Public Health minor complements several majors at Bellarmine, including biology, nursing, environmental studies, psychology, and sociology, as well as pre-professional programs such as Pre-Medical Studies and Pre-Physical Therapy. Coursework includes four required courses and two electives (18 – 19 credits).