Workshop: Integrating physics with the health sciences from activities to programs

February 21, 2020 at 2:30pm - February 22, 2020 at 4:00pm Central Time
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO


Do you want to increase enrollment in your physics program? Do you teach Interdisciplinary physics courses? Are you interested in finding resources for these courses? Are you interested in developing an interdisciplinary physics course or even a new interdisciplinary major/minor program and are unsure of where to start? Exploring the educational opportunities and intersections between physics and the life sciences can help. Come learn about Rockhurst University’s award-winning “Physics of Medicine” physics major track for pre-health majors. This workshop will give you the resources to do everything from integrating new activities into your existing classes, to creating entire physics major tracks for life science students. Experience for yourself this unique hands-on curriculum that focuses on deep conceptual understanding of physics as it applies to other sciences, medicine, and health care. This Physics of Medicine program is an interdisciplinary, pre-professional, physics major track designed for students that wish to attend clinical graduate school programs in medicine or healthcare. According to the 2016 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Report, Rockhurst ( a relatively small liberal arts university) ranked first in the nation in awarding a second degree in physics to females and 7th nationally in awarding a second degree in physics overall due to student interest and enrollment in the Physics of Medicine Program.  These results contributed to Rockhurst University receiving an APS award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education in April of 2019.


The goals of this workshop are to:

  1. Provide inspiration and resources for faculty to adapt activities, make curricular changes, design interdisciplinary courses, and cultivate new physics major tracks at their institution.

  2. Familiarize participants with (a) specific curricular and lab examples of developments in physics for health science students, and (b) using the Living Physics Portal to share resources and collaborate with other physics educators.

  3. Discuss ways in which Rockhurst’s innovative Physics of Medicine program supports more diverse student populations in physics.

  4. Build local community connections between regional physics faculty dedicated to creating innovative interdisciplinary physics curricula.


Cost: $75 (scholarships available for instructors with financial need)

Parking: Parking is available for free in the Borgia lot (B), and parking passes are available for free as well.

Registration Deadline: February 13th, 2020

Organizing Team: Nancy Donaldson, Adrian Madsen, Chandra Turpen, Stephanie Williams