Connecting Science & Society RAP - Fall 2014

This RAP is ideal for first-year students who are interested in investigating the relationship between science and society from a variety of perspectives.

This RAP is available in three locations - each with a specific Gen Ed class that will influence the topic focus in the RAP seminar (details below).

When you join this RAP, you will: 

  • Share your living and learning experience with a community of peers dedicated to expanding their knowledge in a variety of topics related to the health, natural, and social sciences.
  • Focus on issues that address personal and academic interests.
  • Explore a variety of topics through current events, short readings, guest speakers, and field trips.
  • Investigate various services that you may utilize and learn about opportunities for connections to future internships or employment. 

Specific Course Information

"Health Care for All" (Public Health 129) for students living in Kennedy Hall

Here is a message about the class from Nene Okunna, the instructor:

The purpose of this class is to provide students with a basic understanding of the United States health care system. Through analysis that will employ a multidisciplinary approach which includes social, political and economic frameworks, we will explore:

  • The various components of the health care system
  • Important issues and challenges that have shaped the system
  • Future directions.

We will be analyzing the following themes in detail:

  • determinants of health
  • quality
  • costs
  • financing
  • organization
  • access.

Attention also will be given to disease burdens, challenges of the aging of the population, and mental health.

As part of the Connecting Science and Society RAP you have the opportunity to live and learn with students with similar interests. You are able to build a support system that helps with the transition from high school to college as well as connections and friendships that last beyond your time at UMass. I hope you will consider enrolling in the Connecting Science and Society RAP and Public Health 129. I look forward to getting to know you in Fall, 2014.


"Nutrition, Weight & Fitness" (Nutrition 140) for students living in Crabtree Hall. 

Students will explore the following questions in the seminar:

  • Is it possible to promote healthy behaviors without limiting natural rights?
  • What types of health disparities are related to nutrition and what in our system is contributing to them?
  • What types of "wellness reimbursements" and incentives are present in our current healthcare system? Do they work?


"My Body, My Health" (Public Health 160) for students living in Emerson Hall.



Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

Classes and Locations

Fall 2014

ALL students in the Connecting Science & Society RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar"- UNIV 190R
1 credit


Gen Ed class (4 credits)- specific to each location:

"Health Care For All" - PubHlth 129 (Gen Ed SB U).
Students will live together in Kennedy Hall in Southwest area of campus.

"My Body, My Health"- PubHlth 160 (Gen Ed SI). Students will live together in Emerson Hall in Southwest area of campus. The lecture will be on main campus and discussion section in the residential area.

"Nutrition, Weight & Fitness"- Nutrition 140 (Gen Ed BS). 
Students will live together in Crabtree Hall in Northeast area of campus.


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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