Over four full 3-term academic years and one summer (two for students who opt for the M.B.A.), students take 31-32 courses that count towards a B.S. degree at Union College (roughly half in the sciences and half in the social sciences and humanities) and another 10 graduate courses at Clarkson University - Capital Region Campus to earn an M.S. degree in Healthcare Management or 14 graduate courses to earn the M.B.A. degree in Healthcare Management (Note: 10 of the courses count toward either graduate degree.)
Important curricular requirements include:
- An interdepartmental major, one part of which is in the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Math, Physics) and the other part of which is in the social sciences (including Psychology) or humanities;
- An international experience
- The program in healthcare management through the School of Business at Clarkson University (either the M.S. or the M.B.A.).
- Independent Study, Independent Research, Special Projects (usually numbered 400+) cannot be substituted for LIM Math/Science coursework. However, students may complete a thesis in their non-Math/Science ID major.
All students enrolled in the program will take a minimum of 16 Union College Math/Science courses. Without AP credits, students usually take the following:
and one of the following upper level biology courses
plus 3 or more additional courses designated by their science ID major:
see Math ID requirements in consultation with math advisor. Must include one of the following:
see Physics ID requirements in consultation with physics advisor. Must include one of the following:
Biochemistry ID (ID only open to LIM students)
see Biochemistry ID requirements in consultation with Biochemistry advisor. Must include all of the following:
In addition, students must take 15 Social Science and Humanities courses including:
A WAC-R course beginning with the class of 2025, Statistics*, HC 630, HC 633, three non-science electives, plus 8 additional courses to fulfill an ID major in Social Sciences or Humanities. LIM students are not required to complete the full Common Curriculum (General Education), unless they leave the program. Students must complete a minimum of 15 social science and humanities courses.
*The LIM statistics requirement usually is met with AP statistics credit, in which case students replace the statistics course with a humanities or social science elective. Some social science departments have a designated statistics course that is required for majors. If the second major requires a statistics course, students should take that course. Otherwise, students may choose from the following courses: STA 501, ECO 243 , SOC 300 , PSC 220 , PSY 200 or STA 104 .
PLEASE NOTE: STA 104 counts as a social science course, not as a math course.
Students take the following courses toward the M.S. and M.B.A. degree in Healthcare Management:
M.S. in Healthcare Management:
- HC 630 - Introduction to Health Systems (cross-counts as an undergraduate course)
- HC 633 - Health Care Leadership (cross-counts as an undergraduate course)
- HC 635/HC 620 - Health Economics
- HC 651 - Health Systems Management
- AC 604 - Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
- HC 650 - Structural Dynamics in Healthcare
- HC 656 - Group Practice Management
- HC 605 - Health Operations Management
- HC 637 - Clinical Leadership Practicum
- HC 617 - Health Care Finance
- HC 674 - Legal Aspects of Health Care
- HC 684 - Strategic Issues for Healthcare Organizations (Capstone)
MBA in Healthcare Management students will take the following additional 4 courses:
- HC 647 - Statistical Models for Management
- HC 626 - Health Systems Marketing
- HC 648 - Health Informatics
- HC 680 - Health Policy and Managerial Epidemiology
Note: For course descriptions, consult the graduate course catalog of Clarkson University - Capital Region Campus.
Students who enter the program with advanced placement credit have greater flexibility of course selection, but AP credits do not reduce the number of required courses or allow a student to take a term off. Students must compete a minimum of 16 math/science and 15 humanities/social science courses. When advanced placement credit is given for a course specifically designated in the curriculum, students can take elective courses. Union will grant advanced placement and course credit in accordance with its normal procedures. Student with scores of 4 or 5 on the AP examinations in biology, chemistry or physics or on either of the AP Calculus exams are encouraged to take more advanced courses at the College. Other AP courses will be considered such as Statistics or a course in the second major.
Students must maintain minimum cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 both in overall course work (including graduate courses) and in their mathematics and science courses. Students falling below the required overall and mathematics/science grade point averages may be put on formal probation or asked to leave the program by the Policy and Promotions Committee, which oversees the program and reviews student records regularly. A grade of “D” or “F” in any course will most likely lead to dismissal from the program.
Required course work may not be taken on a pass/fail basis and must normally be taken at the home institution. Students may take a science course pass/fail after all science and math program requirements are completed. Students may take one social science or humanities elective pass/fail, however, it cannot be a course required for the ID major. Grades of “I” (Incomplete) or “W” (withdrawal) will not be acceptable without justification involving illness or extenuating circumstances.
As long as a student is enrolled in the Leadership in Medicine program, the Health Professions Advisory Committee at Union College will not support his or her application to other medical schools. Students may transfer into the regular four-year undergraduate program at any time during the premedical portion of the combined degree programs. Once withdrawn from the eight-year combined degree program, students may request the support of the Health Professions Advisory Committee if they choose to apply to medical school in the traditional manner.
Requirements for Honors:
Leadership in Medicine students are not subject to the restrictions for ID majors and may receive departmental honors in one department if they satisfy the requirements of that major. The thesis does not need to integrate both majors as it must for non-program students.