Aug 06, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Health Education

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As a result of the Affordable Care Act and decades old health disparities and health inequities in underserved and underrepresented communities across the country and around the world, this is the best time in history to major in Health Sciences and one of the best times in history to be educated at a Historically Black College University (HBCU) such as Coppin State University.

Your Health Sciences coursework while here at Coppin will uniquely prepare you to make significant contributions to the health and overall well-being of your family, friends, and neighbors whether in Baltimore or in your hometown wherever that may be, or anywhere across the country or around the world. Areas of study can include Environmental Health Sciences, Urban Agriculture, Nutritional Health Sciences, Telehealth, Global Health, Non-profit Healthcare Management, Human Disease Prevention and Control, Epidemiology, Health and Older Adults and so forth. Through investigative surveillance, Health Scientists research and endeavor to understand, interpret, explain, and manage such diverse health related phenomenon as food deserts, nutrition and malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, firearm violence, built environment and natural environment health hazards, lead poisoning, pollution and so forth.

Health Scientists accomplish these endeavors utilizing the scientific method of observing health phenomenon (surveillance) and creating problem statements; researching those problems by conducting literature reviews; formulating hypotheses; testing and evaluating those hypotheses; analyzing the results and drawing scientific conclusions; and finally reporting their findings.

Worldwide, Health Scientists meet the challenge of such world health phenomenon as Zika, Ebola, and West Nile disease; AIDS; world hunger and world poverty; global climate change and pollution; and disasters. According to the World Health Organization, there is currently a worldwide shortage of 7.2 million health professionals.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes-Heed

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program, student will:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from the humanities and natural and behavioral sciences as a foundation within community based settings.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision-making in a variety of settings.
  3. Integrate sound, professional judgment based on evidence-based practice for individuals, families, and groups.
  4. Show proficiency in health sciences, health promotion, and community health literacy.
  5. Illustrate knowledge of health services policy and regulations to assist individuals, families, and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health needs.
  6. Collaborate with consumers, members of the health community, and others to improve the delivery of services.
  7. Integrate health sciences, health promotion, and community health education strategies for individuals, groups, and families to improve health outcomes.
  8. Translate professional, ethical, and legal responsibility within a variety of settings.
  9. Apply health principles with culturally diverse consumers.

Application Process and Policies

Application, Admission and Recruitment Policies and Criteria

The Health Sciences department does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identify and/or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, creed, handicap, veteran status, or national origin.

Applicants Without Previous College Experience

Applicants without previous college experience must meet the requirements for entrance into the University prior to admission to the Health Sciences Program.

Applicants Who Have Current or Prior Enrollment at Coppin in Another Major, or as Undeclared

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed any required developmental courses (depending on the point of transfer), and have a competitive cumulative grade point average of a minimum of 2.5.

The program involves instruction and field experience affiliations. The academic load varies depending on the student's experience, as well as previous instruction received. Each student will be evaluated independently to develop their course of study and where applicable, approved credits from other colleges and universities will be accepted. Other exceptions will be determined by the Departmental Chairperson in collaboration with the Associate Dean and the Dean of the College of Health Professions.

Application for enrollment into the College of Health Professions at Coppin State University is a three-step admission process. Step 1: An application must be made first to the University. Applicants must meet all University requirements and be officially admitted to the University by the Admissions Office. Step 2: Applicants must admitted into the Health Sciences Department for consideration and acceptance into the designated Plan. Admission to the program is based upon a thorough evaluation of all components of the application. The plans are based on full- time study. Students for admission must adhere to the following admission requirements, which must be completed prior to admission to the respective plan.

Students must be admitted to the university, have a competitive cumulative with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All students admitted to the program will be required to sign the Honor Code, Confidentiality, Release of Information form, and complete the Health Clearance.

Applicants are advised that if they have been convicted of or have pled nolo contendere to a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, they may not be eligible for employment as a professional in state wherein the applicants intends to practice.

Note for all applicants: Admission to Coppin State University is not considered automatic admission to the Health Sciences department.

*Note to all applicants: Admission to the Health Sciences department is highly competitive. The criteria contained here is the minimum criteria; however, does not guarantee admission.

Transfer Credits

Students applying to the Health Sciences plan of study are able to request for transferable courses/prerequisite courses.

Admissions Criteria

Academic Policies


Students must attain a final grade of "C" in all Health Sciences courses required in the plan of study. Student performance in the field experience components will be graded on a pass/fail basis; the criteria for determining acceptable performance are included in the syllabus of each course. Satisfactory practicum performance is required to earn a passing grade in a field experience. Students who are not performing at a satisfactory level will be so advised at midterm in the course. Students must pass field experience and didactic components to pass the course. The grading scale for all Baccalaureate Health Sciences and HEED courses is:

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 75 - 79
D 69 - 74
F 68 or below

Field Experience: PASS/FAIL

The grade of "A" designates work of superior quality, "B"--work of good quality, "C"--work of satisfactory quality, grade "D" or below not satisfactory quality, but allowable for credit. The grade of "D" or below indicates failure (a final grade of "D" is not acceptable in Health Sciences Major courses and major support courses).


Satisfactory progress in the HS Program promotes and enhances retention and expansion of knowledge and skills. Therefore, once Health Sciences courses are begun students are expected to progress each semester in accordance with the Plan of Study.

* The student must complete prerequisites of each course prior to enrolling in the next course. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in every nursing and major supporting courses. The student who does not achieve a grade of C or greater in a nursing course must pass the failed course in the next semester it is offered before enrolling in higher courses in the sequence. If the student does not successfully complete the failed course the next semester it is offered, the student will be dismissed from the Program.

Courses required in the HS Program may not be taken more than twice*. Students must adhere to the sequence of courses as outlined in the Plan of Study. *Exception for medical withdrawal and extraordinary circumstances however the student may experience additional expenses when enrolling in the course based on exceptions.

Probation Policies: A student will be placed on probation in the School of Allied Health, Health Sciences for any of the following reasons:

  1. A student who earns less than the required cumulative grade point average of 2.5 will be placed on probation.
  2. A student will also be placed on probation for failure to achieve a grade of "C" or better in any HIM course or required major support course.
  3. A student will be placed on probation for referral(s) to the Chairperson, Associate Dean and/or Dean for academic related issues associated with not adhering with the policies or guidelines.

Dismissal Policies

A student shall be dismissed from the department of Health and Health Education for any of the following reasons:

  1. Failure to achieve a grade of "C" or better major and/or support course. This includes withdrawing from a course, or failing the course on the second attempt. A student may enroll in courses in the major only two (2) times.
  2. Failure to maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 required in the Health Sciences Department for two (2) consecutive semesters.
  3. Additional reasons for dismissal from the Health and Health Education Department include but are not limited to: 
    1. If a student is determined to be unsafe.
    2. Found to be under the influence of a prescribed medication that might impair the student's safe clinical performance; the use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs while in class or in clinical.
    3. Has blatant breach of client, agency, University, CHP and/or student- to- student confidentiality. An example of student-to-student confidentiality breach includes inappropriate release of student's health information.
    4. Action or lack of action that cause an adverse complication in the class or clinical setting. Failure to follow agency, University or CHP policies.
    5. Academic dishonesty or a violation of the CHP Honor Code.
    6. Unprofessional conduct (Refer to Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct)
    7. Failure to demonstrate in practicum practice setting the ability to be physically and mentally competent at all times to provide safe client care.
    8. An encumbered license for any licensed student.


  1. If matriculation extends beyond six (6) years of the initial enrollment in the department

Process for Requesting Reinstatement

The applicant seeking re-admission to the Health and Health Education department must submit a reinstatement request packet to the Office of the STAR. The reinstatement request packet should include a copy of the student's most recent transcript, a completed copy of the reinstatement checklist and a written letter of request addressed to the College Admission, Progression and Retention Committee by February 1st for the fall semester and September 1st for the spring semester. The letter must discuss activities done since dismissal, which will help the applicant be successful. Activities include: working in area of healthcare, studying, tutorial, support services, removal of distraction which caused failure and decreasing work hours. The minimum criteria for readmission is: Courses required in the Plan of Study shall not have been taken more than twice with the exception as previously noted for medical circumstances. The cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher. The reinstatement packet must be complete and submitted by the deadline in order to be evaluated. If an applicant is reinstated, the applicant cannot withdraw from nor fail any other major courses.

Requirements for Graduation

A student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to graduate and complete the portfolio. A student must achieve satisfactory grades for all courses required in the Plan of Study to be recommended for graduation.


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