Pathways, Department Insight – Health Sciences Overview

Pathways, Department Insight – Health Sciences Overview


The future of our country’s healthcare is
in this department. Our whole goal is to prevent chronic disease, and therefore improve the health of the American citizen. My name is Anita Slechta. I am professor and chair of the department of Health Sciences at California State University Northridge. The Health Sciences department at Cal State Northridge is somewhat unique. What we have is we have a department that
houses three different bachelor’s degrees: Public Health Promotion, Health Administration,
and Radiologic Sciences. The federal government says that in the 21st
century, there will be many jobs in the health arena, and our three majors will be taking
a front row seat . Our public health department produces people who will address long term chronic disease prevention through different health programs. Our health administrators will in fact be
setting standards for care and how we provide protocols that provide effective care and
make decisions throughout the healthcare system, and our Radiologic Science program is providing
advanced imagers within the diagnostic arena. The Health Science department is the fastest
growing department at Cal State University Northridge. If I had to define Health Sciences, I would
define it as an umbrella. It is an umbrella that encompasses many things,
and has changed over time. I think it is very important for students
who are coming to the Health Sciences department to really investigate all three of our degrees. The most important thing, I think, is to make
a decision early on, because our three degrees are so different. The prerequisites are different, and you can
really be adding a lot of time to your degree if in fact you don’t make that decision early on. We have those things that are available for
students to investigate, and we want to provide all the information a student needs in order
to make that kind of decision. We have to prevent chronic disease with public health. We have to make sure it’s cost effective through
our health administrators, and we’ve got to diagnose people early in the medical imaging
environment.