Catalog Supplement

This catalog supplement is provided to give a brief overview of the new programs and courses that have been approved since the 2022-2023 catalog was published.

(updated January 17, 2023)

New Undergraduate Programs

Program College Description Requirements Effective Term
Minor in Health Data Analytics Dornsife School of Public Health This minor prepares students to apply quantitative methods to a variety of real-world data analysis problems. Undergraduate students with at least 30.0 credits. Fall 2023
Medical Billing & Coding Certificate for Health Care Professionals College of Nursing and Health Professions Expertise in Medical Billing and Coding is a necessary skill set for laboratory professionals in today's healthcare environment. This skill set enables Health Care professionals to work with laboratory and hospital administrators to determine relevant workload statistics and assign, capture, and transmit relevant revenue statistics to hospital administrators and third-party payors. In addition, Medical Billing and Coding skill set is a recognized asset that will allow Health Care professionals to create opportunities for advancement in their professional careers. Prerequisite coursework, with grades of C or above, one course of each of the following: Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology Fall 2023

New Accelerated Programs

Program College Description Requirements Effective Term
Environmental Science BS / Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems MS College of Arts and Science The BSMS program in Ecology, Evolution and Earth Systems is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree in a 4+1 year format with 1 coop. To be eligible for the BSMS program, students must apply between 90-120 credits and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA overall and in their math and science courses. Fall 2023

New Graduate Programs

Program College Description Requirements Effective Term
Systems Engineering for Software Applications College of Engineering This graduate certificate will enhance the skills of software engineers who work in areas of product design and development related to a variety of industries, but mostly the Department of Defense (DoD). A GPA of 3.0 and/or significant work experience Fall 2023
Industry Systems College of Engineering BS in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent STEM BS degree. A GPA of 3.0 and/or significant work experience Fall 2023
Superintendent Certificate School of Education Prepares students for leading schools, districts, and other educational organizations by being agile in adapting to emerging opportunities and challenges. The curriculum is designed as practitioner-based through its internships and built upon a systems approach to leadership and organizational learning. Students will be eligible to apply for PA superintendent certification upon completion of this program and six years of satisfactory school experience, of which three must be in a supervisory or administrative capacity. Master's Degree and 3 years of administrative expience. Fall 2023

New Undergraduate Courses

Course No. Title Description Effective Term
ENTP 109 Idea Accelerator I This course is designed for you to learn and implement the steps necessary to accelerate the launch of a new business, process, product, or service. Gain the tools, skills, and demonstrated ability to transform an idea into a reality – better, faster, and cheaper. Supports and strengthens entrepreneurial concepts and strategies: ideation, project planning, requirements gathering, process building, and MVP implementation. This course will cover core capabilities needed by entrepreneurs to single-handedly move from ideation to launch, with less risk, higher probability of success, and increased sustainability. Fall 2023
ENTP 201 The Starter's Toolkit This course centers on entrepreneurial practice in terms of the fundamental tools and process for aspiring entrepreneurs. Apply your growing understanding of the foundational tools and process entrepreneurs use to adapt and evolve as the world changes rapidly due to technological, social, and economic transformation. Disruption has shaken every industry, global competition is fierce, job security a thing of the past. Virtually every one of you will engage in the workforce either as an entrepreneur and/ or as a member of an entrepreneurial team. This course offers a backdrop from which to meet that challenge, furnishing tools you will need to recognize and leverage entrepreneurial opportunities: resource use and adaptability, experimentation, customer focus, collaboration, and rational risk-taking. Fall 2023
ENTP 209 Build, Measure, Learn This course is designed to immerse you in the process and mindset associated with the entrepreneurial Build-Measure-Learn cycle through iterative design and prototyping with close customer engagement to ensure you are developing profitable offerings that are aligned with the value proposition of your target customers and marketplace. This involves the fundamental building blocks and methods for creating pre-MVP (minimum viable product) solutions using a wide range of no-code or low-code technology modeling tools in the context of customer discovery, and a continuous learning process as you directly test market interest and operational viability. This approach helps entrepreneurs to ensure that they are using scarce resources wisely during the “bootstrapping” stage of new venture development. Fall 2023
ENTP 309 Idea Accelerator II The course will focus on advanced topics related to the platform that are necessary for its long-term use. Students will continue building their MVP with the goal of having an updated MVP with business pitch deck at the end of the semester. This course is designed for you to continue to learn and implement the steps necessary to accelerate the launch of a new business, process, product, or service. This course mimics the real-world scenario of finalizing an MVP and pitch deck on a strict timeline. You will continue to refine the tools, skills, and abilities to transform an idea into a reality – easier, better, faster, and cheaper. Fall 2023
HNRS 203 Honors Seminar in Civic Engagement This is the second course in the Program in Civic Foundation sequence. This course will focus on central ideas such as justice, community, systems of power and the role of the citizen. Fall 2023
IPS 361 Exploring Multicultural Perspectives on Aging and Palliative Care This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of palliative care with a focus on aging and end-of-life. Learners will reflect on their beliefs, values, and biases around aging and death. We will explore historical, legal, and ethical aspects of aging, death, medical advancements in end-of-life care, and the development of the modern hospice and palliative care movement. Through engaging guest speakers and a global classroom, learners will be introduced to multicultural perspectives, the roles of the palliative care team, and the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork for improving quality of life for patients and their families. Course work will provide a deeper understanding of the physical, social, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of chronic and advanced illness. Fall 2023
LAW I399 Independent Study in Law Self-directed course within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor. Fall 2023
LAW I499 Independent Study in Law Self-directed course within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor. Fall 2023
NURS 486 Perioperative Nursing II This course builds upon the foundation of Periop Nursing I and the scope, standards, and practice of the nurse in the delivery of patient centered, team based, collaborative, safe, evidence based and quality care for the perioperative patient. Emphasis will be on the continuation of essential foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes aligned with the fundamentals of perioperative practice designed for nursing schools by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Guidelines and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. Interrelated concepts of aseptic practices, universal protocol, quality and safety, positioning the perioperative patient, teamwork, collaboration and leadership will be stressed to enhance clinical judgement and clinical application. Fall 2023
NURS 487 Perioperative Nursing III This course builds upon the foundation of Periop Nursing II and the scope, standards, and practice of the nurse in the delivery of patient centered, team based, collaborative, safe, evidence based and quality care for the perioperative patient. Emphasis will be on the continuation of essential foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes aligned with the fundamentals of perioperative practice designed for nursing schools by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Guidelines and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. Interrelated concepts of aseptic practices, universal protocol, quality and safety, positioning the perioperative patient, teamwork, collaboration and leadership will be stressed to enhance clinical judgment and clinical application. Fall 2023
PSY 412 Methods in Human Neuroscience This course is designed to explain the methods used to study the relationship between human cognitive and emotional states and human physiological functions. By learning about these methods students will gain a better understanding of how the human nervous system works and about how they can study human thoughts by measuring the workings of the human central and peripheral nervous systems. Fall 2023

New Graduate Courses

Course No. Title Description Effective Term
AADM 690 Equitable Cultural Practices This course will examine equitable practices in museums, arts, and cultural organizations. Through readings and case examples, students investigate racial and social identities that influence practices within museums, arts, and cultural organizations. Students will design a strategic action plan to disrupt patterns of inequities within a cultural organization, presenting it during the final class for feedback from peers in a supportive and co-creative manner. Fall 2023
CIT 553 Health Coaching for Lifestyle and Behavior Change This course explores the core tenets of integrative health and wellness coaching in diverse health care settings. Coaching elements include developing the coaching partnership; assessing lifestyle factors, strengths and life satisfaction; using motivational interviewing to determine values and actionable health goals; and identifying barriers and resources. The course presents the evidence base on the impact of healthy lifestyle practices and the mind-body-spirit connection on positive health; and introduces tools and strategies rooted in the theory, research and practice of health and wellness coaching to obtain optimal and sustainable health and well-being. Fall 2023
EOH 517 The World's Water Water is essential for life. Worldwide, 25% of people lack safely managed drinking water services and nearly 50% lack safely managed sanitation services. Safe and sufficient water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) are key for health and human rights. WASH services are a critical component of responses to infectious disease epidemics and ensuring infection prevention in healthcare facilities. Contaminated drinking water, inadequate water supply, or poor sanitation and hygiene all contribute to disease burden and decreased quality of life, particularly among the most vulnerable populations. This course will discuss a wide variety of topics related to WASH around the globe and the U.S. and will explore how WASH problems are compounded by emerging infectious diseases, climate change and rapid urbanization. Fall 2023
EOH 653 Environment of Care This course will review the role that the healthcare environment has in the transmission of infectious diseases. Students will learn about the importance of maintaining a safe and clean environment via engineering controls, maintenance of air handling and water systems, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Students will learn about specific environmental vectors and vehicles for disease transmission, how to monitor the environment to prevent disease, and how to respond to outbreaks associated with the environment in healthcare. Fall 2023
EOH 656 Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infections This course will review the role that the healthcare environment has in the transmission of infectious diseases. Students will learn about the importance of maintaining a safe and clean environment via engineering controls, maintenance of air handling and water systems, cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Students will learn about specific environmental vectors and vehicles for disease transmission, how to monitor the environment to prevent disease, and how to respond to outbreaks associated with the environment in healthcare. Fall 2023
EOH 698 Infection Prevention and Control Capstone I The Capstone Project comprises the culminating experience for MS students in Infection Prevention and Control. Students engage in a project that emphasizes practical applications of concepts and skill development. The Capstone is organized as a 3-credit project over two quarters. Students will engage in discussion and peer-mentoring, providing feedback and support to their peers via an online classroom experience. In the first course of the two-course sequence, students will work on project development and design. Fall 2023
EOH 699 Infection Prevention and Control Capstone II The Capstone Project comprises the culminating experience for MS students in Infection Prevention and Control. Students engage in a project that emphasizes practical applications of concepts and skill development. The Capstone will require students to synthesize and apply concepts related to infection control and prevention in either a healthcare or other selected setting. Students will engage in discussion and peer-mentoring, providing feedback and support to their peers via an online classroom experience. Students will conduct and complete a project demonstrating mastery of the program’s competencies. Students are required to complete a high-quality written product and presentation at the end of this course. Fall 2023
INFO 609 Accessible and Inclusive Design Introduces students to the methods, standards, and principles for designing and evaluating interactive technologies for diverse users. Focuses on people not typically considered in technology design, including people with disabilities, children, the elderly, women, and people from other vulnerable populations. Offers students hands-on experience in designing and evaluating technologies for a broad spectrum of users, and invites students to reflect on the role of design in shaping a just society. Covers models of disability, assistive technology, universal design, accessible visual design, and web accessibility standards. Additional topics may include localization, technology and mental health, feminist HCI, technological racism, and related issues. Fall 2023
LAW 789S Genetics Law and Ethics This seminar will explore key legal, ethical and policy issues in the collection, storage and use of genetic data. Genomics is revolutionizing health care as breakthrough technologies emerge at an accelerating pace in areas such as gene therapy, precision medicine and Crispr gene editing. Law and policy are struggling to keep up and strike a balance between nurturing this innovation and protecting privacy and other individual rights. The seminar will focus on the ways genetic science intersects with principles of health law and ethics in pursuit of this goal. Among the issues to be explored are duties of clinicians, patient rights, discrimination risks, eugenics, insurance underwriting, privacy threats, and property rights in data. Fall Semester 2023
MUSL 620 Sustainable Cultural Practices This course will examine sustainable practices at the leadership level in museums, arts, and cultural organizations. Through readings and case examples, students investigate green and sustainable practices in museums, arts, and cultural organizations. Students will design a program to initiate green practice within a museum, presenting it during the final class for feedback from peers in a supportive and co-creative manner. Fall 2023
MUSL 690 Culturally Responsive Museums This course will examine community-responsive and culturally-specific museums in the United States. Through readings and case examples, students investigate these unique museums and the communities they serve. Students will perform site visits to three culturally-specific museums, observe the practices of three museums, and maintain a reflective journal of their experiences. Fall 2023
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