Health Studies Minor Now Largest Interdisciplinary Minor on Campus

As the physical footprint of Fairfield’s campus continues to grow with the construction of the University’s new cutting-edge Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies building, so does the number of students interested in pursuing the facility’s hottest minor.

After launching in the fall of 2015 with a cohort of 12 students, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Health Studies program has quickly become the largest interdisciplinary minor on campus. At the end of the spring 2017 semester, the program more than doubled in size with 32 graduating seniors and an additional 60 students expected to complete the minor at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

The inaugural Health Studies Minor Capstone Symposium that was held at the end of last semester showcased seniors’ independent research projects and highlighted the program’s service learning project, which was conducted in partnership with the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport’s Community Engagement and Food Access Program.

The popularity of the Health Studies minor reflects a world that increasingly demands healthcare professionals. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024. ●F