Saxon Alvarez '23 is a biology major with minors in chemistry and psychology. Saxon is a talented athlete who...
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Assistant Professor of Psychology; Chair of Health Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Health Studies Minor
While health studies complements most any major, it's particularly great preparation for students interested in medical school.
Many of the leading causes of illness and mortality are caused by behavioral and environmental determinants of health, like smoking and drug use, diet and exercise, and inequities in care due to socioeconomic status. Increasing diversity and the aging of the population has led to an increased focus in medical schools on cultural sensitivity.
On top of all of these factors, the roles of physicians and patients, of inpatient and outpatient treatment, of insurance and compensation, and of preventative care and health maintenance, have changed significantly in recent years.
Recognizing the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health, the MCAT was updated in 2015 to include social science and psychology, stressing the importance of the social sciences in addition to the natural and physical sciences to future physicians.