Thursday, December 22, 2016

Recruiting HS Peer Advisors for Spring 2017

Hello Health Science Students,

Want an awesome way to meet the HS&R department and faculty, while gathering community service hours?

Here is a wonderful opportunity to get involved within the HS&R department! Our current HS Peer Advisors are recruiting for the Spring 2017/Fall 2017 Academic Year. Health Science Peer Advisors are students leaders who work with faculty advisors to offer academic planning advice to Health Science students as they progress along their pathway to graduation. Peer Advisors are also knowledgeable about and encourage campus/department involvement in activities and student organizations. Being a Peer Advisor is a great way to meet other students, work closely with faculty, help others, and learn about our program. If you are interested and meet the Peer Advisor expectations listed above, please fill out our online application by Sunday, January 8th at 8pm.

To be considered for a HS Peer Advisor you need to...
a) Fill out the online application by Sunday, January 8th at 8pm.
b) Be a current enrolled Health Science student, in good academic standing (3.0+ cumulative GPA).
c) Be on track to graduate no sooner than Fall 2017.
d) Have time to take on an additional responsibility (2-4 hours a week).
e) Be available to attend, participate in, and provide assistance during advising events (Not mandatory, but flexible).

If you have any questions, please email

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Advising will resume in January

Faculty and peer advising will resume in the spring semester. For immediate needs, please contact the HSR department office, otherwise, check back periodically for any spring updates and have a splendid break. See you in 2017.

 (*Note: The change of major application will be available on 12/27/16.)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Spring Course Registration: 100W, 172, and 158

If you have not registered for your spring classes, please do so.  Enrollment is watched very closely and courses that are low in enrollment are in jeopardy of being cancelled - such as 100W and HS 172 (MW 9-10:15AM).   If you are planning on enrolling in a course, but you are unable to enroll at this moment, please complete the survey so we know we know more about course needs.

As many now know, HS 158 had two sections scheduled at the exact same time with the same instructor and one section (3,4) was cancelled.    Given this unfortunate event, everyone who was (or still is) enrolled in HS 158, you have a few options to consider.

Option 1: Substitute HS 158
There will be two approved substitutions for HS 158 this semester. You can enroll in either of these substitution-approved courses instead of HS 158 and it will count to the degree requirement. We will complete whatever necessary paperwork this requires (e.g. substitution forms for those who have already submitted a grad app).

HS 164: Health and Social Marketing meets Mondays 3 - 5:45. The class is listed has having pre-requisites of HS 158 and HS 159. These will be waived. To get a code to register for this class, please complete this form:

HS 145: Community Mental Health meets Thursday 3 - 5:45. You can enroll in the class without any type of permission code.

HS 172: Contemporary Environmental Health Issues meets Mondays and Wednesdays 9-10:15.  You can enroll in this class without a code if you have completed more than 60 units already and you have passed the WST. 

Option 2: Take HS 158 another semester
We anticipate offering this course regularly going forward. If you wish to take it at a later time in your progression through the major, you are welcome to do that and take a different course this semester. If you need help deciding whether this is a good option for you, please visit with a faculty advisor or a peer advisor. Information about drop in faculty and peer advising is available here:

Option 3* (Possibility): Register for section (1,2)

Right now HS 158 (1,2) is full with a waitlist. However, it is possible that students might drop that class in order to take HS 145 or HS 164 or to delay taking HS 158. Those of you in section (3,4) who prefer to stay in HS 158 at the time that you planned on taking it might want to get on the waitlist for HS 158 (1,2) in case room opens up. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Preparing for Fieldwork and some other SP17 enrollment reminders

If you are planning on enrolling in HS 166A and B in the spring you need to attend the fieldwork expo this semester.

There is an internship available for the spring with the SF Department of Public Health and if you're interested, you'll want to be prepared at the fieldwork expo.  Please review this program flyer for this specific internship opportunity. 

There are also several sections of HS 100W with a lot of openings and we have three elective courses (HS 164-Social Marketing, HS 145-Community Mental Health, HS 176-Global Health*Updated* HS global health course will be cancelled due to low enrollment.) that need more students.  

Please enroll in your spring courses as soon as you are able so we can avoid the unnecessary cancellation of classes - and - if you have any troubles or questions with enrollment, remember to complete the online survey here

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Spring 2017 Course Enrollment

Spring priority registration has now begun.  If you should experience any troubles with course enrollment, please fill out this form to tell us about your issue.    If you need to follow up with a faculty advisor, please drop by during faculty advising hours -

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Public Health undergraduate degree student survey

Tell us what you think - Health Science Students!  

As you may recall from prior email messages, a buzz around the department, and this prior blog post - the undergraduate program will be changing from Health Science to Public Health. 

In an effort to learn more about your experiences in our program and your thoughts on our new name and degree, we invite you to take a very quick online survey.  

This anonymous survey should take 5 - 10 minutes to complete and gives you a chance to share your experience in the curriculum so far and what you would like to see in the new Public Health degree.

Please click on this link to open the survey in a new window: 

This survey will close on November 7th, so take a few minutes to complete the survey now.  

Thank you! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Health Science Social - this Thursday!

All current and prospective Health Science students are invited to attend a social event that is being hosted by the HS Peer Advisors this Thursday from 6-8 at the CASA Student Success Center, MH 533

Please drop by to meet the peer advisors and other HS students.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Exciting new changes coming to the undergraduate Health Science Program: A letter from the program coordinator

Dear Health Science Students,

I wanted to let you know about some exciting changes that will be coming to our department and program over the next few years.

As some of you may know, our department offers a Master of Public Health, which has been accredited by the Council on Education for PublicHealth (CEPH) since 1974. Over the past several years, opportunities for students throughout the country to pursue undergraduate degrees in public health have expanded and as a result, CEPH now offers accreditation forBachelor's programs in Public Health.

As our faculty has learned more about accreditation for Bachelor’s programs and about the criteria these programs will be held accountable to, we have decided that we should seek accreditation for our undergraduate degree! This is a reflection of our confidence in our undergraduate degree and our commitment to always providing our graduates with the best education available.

There are three changes that you will be seeing take effect over the next few years. None of these changes will delay your graduation or prevent you from getting the quality education you have come to expect from our department.

1.     Beginning in Fall 2017, our degree title will be changing to Public Health. The undergraduate degrees available in our program will be: B.S. in Public Health, B.S. in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Administration, and a Minor in Public Health.

Students who are currently in any of the Health Science degrees and graduating in Fall 2017 or later will have the choice of keeping the degree name “Health Science” or switching to a degree name of “Public Health.” (Please see this link to open the FAQ in another window for more details.)

2.     We will be making some modifications to the existing curriculum to be sure that our degree meets the accreditation standards set out by CEPH. These changes will take effect beginning in Fall 2018. Our faculty have been hard at work reviewing our current curriculum and exploring options and we welcome your input. See this link to FAQ for a list of ways that you can become involved in contributing ideas to the new curriculum.

3.     Once our curriculum is in effect, we will be seeking accreditation from CEPH, which means that our degree will be an accredited B.S. in Public Health. Accreditation of a program assures its quality and communicates to potential employers or graduate schools that you have met the nationally recognized standards for public health education. We anticipate receiving accreditation in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or any of the health science faculty or peer advisors with any questions about these upcoming changes and how they may affect you.

There are many opportunities to get involved in this process and express your voice. Please see the FAQ link (here) for how to get involved. I will also be visiting classrooms to answer any questions you may have about these changes in person.

Best regards,

Miranda Worthen

Health Science Program Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New requirements for Substitution Forms

In an effort to ensure that substitution forms are complete and accurate we are now requiring that you attach a copy of your signed and approved Major Form with all substitution forms.  If you have received a Graduation Worksheet from the registrar, then we need to see that form as well.  

*Reminder: You only need to submit a substitution form if you have already applied for graduation.  Otherwise, any approved course substitution will be indicated on your Major Form at the time of applying for graduation.   

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall 2016 Health Science Undergraduate Advising Update

Health Science Advising
Fall 2016

Drop in advising with faculty and peer advisors will be available for students throughout the semester. You do not need to schedule an appointment for advising; all appointments will be first come first served. You can reach faculty advisors by email at and reach the peer advisors by email at

Faculty advising will begin Monday, August 29.
Peer advising will begin Tuesday, September 6.

The following are tasks that Peer Advisors can help with:
  • Course and schedule planning
  • Questions about the major or minor in health science
  • Questions about careers for health science majors
  • Help with locating and filling out forms
  • Advice on classes, instructors, etc.

Peer Advisors will be tabling in the hallway across from the HS Office, by SPX 201
Monday 9:30-12:00
Tuesday 9:30-5:00
Wednesday 10:00-12:00 & 3:00-5:00
Thursday 9:00-11:30 & 2:30-4:30

If you have any of the following requests, these can usually be handled through Document Review. Simply submit your completed paperwork to the Health Science Office in SPX 201 for review by an advisor.

Graduation Application (be sure to submit a completed Major Form and a copy of your unofficial transcript and either a completed graduation application or a note stating that you used the online application)
  • Graduation date change
  • Course drop
  • Substitutions 
  • Excess unit petition
  • Petition to take upper division courses while lower division standing
  • Change of major to add or remove the HSA concentration
  • Change of minor to add a minor in Health Professions or Health Science

The following are tasks that Faculty Advisors can help with:
  • Any of the forms noted above if you require help
  • Career advice or mentoring
  • Degree conferment problems

Faculty Advising will be available at these hours. Please check the sign on the HS Office for locations.
Monday 3-4
Tuesday 10-11 & 1:30-3:30
Wednesday 12-4
Thursday  10-11 & 1:30-3:30

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Course Availability and Late Enrollment

Late registration for Fall 2016 will begin Wednesday at 7 am.  At that time, if you have been issued a permission code, you should be able to use it.  Once you are given a code, you will want to use it as soon as you can so course enrollment is as accurate as possible for the instructors.

If you are still looking for fall HS major course options, the following courses are under-enrolled:
HS 25, section 5
HS 117, section 2
HS 100W, sections 3 and 8

If you are shopping around for any courses this fall, (including the courses above), attend the class on the first day and let the instructor know that you are wanting to add the course.  If you are eligible (in standing and pre-requisites) the instructor may be able to give you a permission code that will allow your enrollment.  If there are more students who want to add the course then there is room in the course, the instructor may rank students according to standing and/or select students via lottery.  Students who have a senior verification card will be prioritized over all others who want to add.

Once again - If you are given a permission code, please use it as soon as possible so our course enrollment is accurate.  Late registration will begin on Wednesday, 8/24 at 7 am.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Room Locations for Welcome Assembly and Afternoon Advising

Welcome Assembly 1-2 WSQ 109

Afternoon Advising 2-4 PM

Health Science

  • Advising for transfer students: MQH 233
  • Advising for continuing Health Science students: MQH 234
  • Graduation Application workshop: MQH 235
  • Advising for Recreation students: MQH 322 & MQH 323
Student Organizations

  • Learn more about the Health Science Honor Society: MQH 423

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fall Welcome Assembly, Monday August 22

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week as we launch the Fall 2016 semester at San Jose State! 

Our department is holding a Fall Welcome Assembly on Monday August 22 from 1 - 2pm in WSH 109 and we hope you can join us. 

We will be giving fall semester updates, introducing our faculty, and reconnecting after the summer.

Student organizations will be tabling and holding breakout sessions after the assembly and there will be opportunities for advising from 2 - 4. 

We especially encourage transfer students and ongoing students who need support with their fall schedules to come for last minute advising. Additionally, students graduating Spring or Summer 2017 who haven't applied for graduation are encouraged to attend to complete graduation paperwork.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fall 2016 Semester - right around the corner!

A few fall semester enrollment updates --

1.  The excess units petition is now available -

2.  There are still four sections of HS 100W with plenty of openings:

  • Sec 1, TR, 9 - 10:15 (8 openings)
  • Sec 3, TR, 1:30 - 2:45 (16 openings)
  • Sec 7, T, 3 - 5:45 (14 openings)
  • Sec 9, MW, 9 - 10:15 (13 openings) 
3.  HS 117, section 02 (Tuesdays 3:00) also has openings and this is a great option for Health Services Administration concentration students to consider - or anyone needing upper division electives.  

4.  The department will have a fall Welcome Assembly on Monday 8/22 in the afternoon.  Faculty advisors will be available to assist with academic planning and graduation applications.  Please look for an email from the department in the coming week.

5.  Following are some important fall registration dates: 

Sunday, August 21 - Advance registration ends at 11:59.  No registration activity Monday, 8/22-Tuesday 8/23

Wednesday, August 24-Tuesday, September 13 - Late registration period - permission numbers required for instructor/department consent courses.

Tuesday, September 6th - last day to drop a course with a W grade and without a petition

Tuesday, September 13th - last day to add a course, change credit/no credit options, submit instructor drops 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fall 2016 Course Enrollment

If you have not yet enrolled in your fall courses - and your enrollment date has already passed - please enroll now to ensure courses are not dropped due to low enrollment.   If you are experiencing any troubles with course enrollment you can submit your concern on the form below for further review.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Change of Major Application Summer 2016

Summer Advising

Summer faculty advising is not available for current and continuing Health Science students.  Please check the blog for more information on the Fall Welcome Assembly - date to be announced - and hold your advising questions until the fall.

The Peer Advisors will be checking email periodically throughout the summer and course enrollment questions, concerns, or problems should all be submitted on the form provided on this blog - under the "summer advising" tab -

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Last week for peer advising this semester

Peer advisors will be outside the office offering their support to health science students this week and then they will be back in the fall.  If you want some fall planning support, please find them this week.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Change of Major Application Dates for Fall 2016

Students who are interested in changing their major to Health Science are invited to apply to the major at the end the Spring 2016 semester.   Please note the following key dates for this process.  

Application will open on June 1, 2016*
Application period closes on June 8, 2016 at midnight
Students will be notified of the decision by June 15, 2016 at 5pm

* In order to report Spring 2016 grades, students must fill out the online SOTES for Spring classes so that they are able to see their grades in this timeframe. 

The application will be available online - through the HS Advising Blog from 6/1-6/8.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Health Science Course Scheduling Survey

Dear Health Science Students,

As you may know, with several campus buildings under construction, it has been increasingly difficult to find classrooms during the busiest times of day.

We would like to hear from you about your availability and preferences for the timing of classes so that we can do our best to schedule classes that work for the most people. Please take this survey to let us know your preferences.

We really appreciate your feedback!


Miranda Worthen

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring 2016 Fieldwork Expo

Are you planning to enroll in 166A Fieldwork Seminar and 166B Fieldwork Practicum next semester, Fall 2016? Do you need to find an internship site for the fall semester? If so, please plan to attend the Fieldwork Expo that will take place on May 13, 2016.

Please Save the Date to attend the Spring 16 Fieldwork Expo:

Date: May 13, 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
Location: SJSU, Building YUH Room 243
The Fieldwork Expo is a chance for students to:

  • Meet preceptors from many of our internship sites and learn about internship opportunities!
  • Get the application process started before next semester Fall 2016
  • Talk with outgoing student interns about their internship experiences
  • Bring your resume and your 30-second elevator speech on your interests, strengths, and skills
  • Network with health professionals in the field and health science students

If you have any questions about the fieldwork expo this spring please email the fieldwork coordinator.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We wanted to share two great resources with you all!

First, we came across this website at Elon University on the prerequisites for various careers in the health professions and thought some of you might like to look at it. 

The site gives the general guidelines for pursing further eduction in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Nutrition and lots more. 

This site can give you a basic sense of what programs across the country require of applicants. Many of the courses you would need to take as prerequisites can be taken here at SJSU or at a community college. 

Second, I have just bought two copies of an awesome book called "101+ Careers in Public Health." The book does a great job of describing some of the MANY career options for those entering the public health field with a bachelors, MPH, or further training. There are also really nice profiles of people in various careers. 

You are welcome to come check out the book in my office, SPX 209. I'll leave a copy with the peer advisors, too, and you'll be able to look at it anytime the peer advisors are available.


Dr. Miranda Worthen

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fall 2016 Graduation Applications due to HSR department tomorrow - Wednesday (3/23/16)

If you are planning to graduate Fall 2016 and you have not yet submitted your graduation application you need to deliver your forms to the Health Science and Recreation department by tomorrow morning (Wednesday 3/23/16) in order to meet the University deadline, which is during spring break.

The forms that are required include the following:

University Graduation Application 

Health Science Program Major Form.  Please download the form that matches your declared HS major and save the downloaded PDF to your device before you begin filling it out.

If you have a declared minor, you must also include an approved/signed Minor Form that you obtain from your minor department directly.  

All forms need department signatures and must be received by the Registrar by 4/1/16.  

Here are a series of slides that you may find helpful as you complete the required forms.  

Friday, March 18, 2016

Questions about the possible faculty strike?

The CSU faculty union - California Faculty Association (CFA) - is currently negotiating a faculty contract with the California State University (CSU) and there is the potential that faculty will strike this semester if an agreement is not met.

If you have questions or want to know more about the issues, a CFA representative will be available to answer both student and faculty questions in SPX 152 on Wednesday, March 23rd 11:30-12:00, Monday, April 4th 11:30-12:00 and Monday April 11th 10:30-11:00.

There is also information online from both CFA and CSU:

If there is a strike - the dates will be April 13-15 and 19-20 and all CSU campuses will be impacted. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Health Science Sacramento Advocacy Summit - Now Accepting applications for Spring 2016

Apply online by March 22nd 

All Health Science undergraduate students are invited to apply for the 2016 CSU-wide Health Science Policy Advocacy Summit in Sacramento.  This year our trip will be Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26th and 27th.  We will leave early Tuesday morning and be back to campus by 6:00 Wednesday night.  For the 48 hours in between - students will be busy at the Capitol meeting with legislators, touring, site seeing, and networking with public health and policy professionals and all the other CSU students in attendance.

Here's short slideshow highlighting our trip last year, but if you want to know more ... please email me with your questions.

If you want to apply, I can take 12 Health Science students.  To be considered, please fill out this application (by March 22nd) and tell me more about your interest in the summit.  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

3/7/16 Group Advising Session for students interested in the HS program - Cancelled

The group advising session for students who are interested in the health science undergraduate program that was scheduled for Monday, 3/7/16 has been cancelled.   Please plan on attending one of the other sessions this semester.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Health Science Peer Advisors are here to help!

Do you have advising questions? 

Our peer advisors are back and ready to help!  Stop by the Health Science and Recreation office (SPX 211) and ask one of your peers.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Interested in the Health Science Major?

If you are considering a degree in Health Science, please join a faculty advisor to learn more about the undergraduate program and the change of major application process during one of the advising workshops at the CASA Student Success Center. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Graduating in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017?

If you are starting to think about graduation and you're ready to apply - please come to one of the advising workshops.  You can drop in anytime during the workshop and a faculty advisor will be available to assist you with your process, answer questions about the forms, and help you get your paperwork completed.

For Fall 2016 Graduates, your forms are due to the Health Science Office before March 15, 2016 so we can get them approved, processed and back to you in time to meet the University deadline (firm) of April 1, 2016.  

For Spring 2017 Graduates, your forms are due to the Health Science Office before April 15, 2016 so you can meet the University (firm) deadline of May 1, 2016 for two semesters of priority registration.

The forms that you need to complete include the University Graduation Application form and the Health Science Major Form for your declared major in our program:  Health Science (with electives or a minor) or Health Science with a concentration in Health Services Administration.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome back!

Welcome to spring 2016 everyone.   Here are a few quick advising updates to keep in mind as you get settled into the new semester.

Important Enrollment Dates
  • February 9th, last day to drop without 'W' & last day for graduating seniors to petition for excess units
  • February 16th, last day to add

Faculty Led Programs

Health Science Undergraduate Faculty Advising

Monday, January 11, 2016

Drop-In Advising Tuesday, 1/26/16

Spring 2016 Health Science Advising Update

Advising will begin on Tuesday,  January 26 with drop-in availability from 10:30-1:00 in SPX in room 209.   Additional hours will be posted soon.

See you on campus!