Why Study Health Studies?
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “the healthcare and social assistance industry is projected to create about 28% of all new jobs created in the US economy by 2020. This industry – which includes public and private hospitals, nursing, and resident care facilities, and individual and family services – is expected to grow by 33%, or 5.7 million new jobs.”
The program offers tracks (suggested course work) for an administration/communication track, a fitness/wellness track, and tracks for pre-occupational therapy and pre-physical therapy. Students interested in other pre-professional tracks such as pre-medicine should follow the B. S. in Biology degree with a concentration in Health Science.
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
The BS in Health Studies degree at Purdue Northwest is designed to provide students interested in a wide variety of health care-related positions a primary curriculum that will provide an introduction to the health care industry. The strength of the Health Studies curriculum comes from its interdisciplinary focus and flexibility in course offerings based on specific career aspirations. This degree will provide students with the curriculum to gain knowledge in areas of health, wellness, business, and communication, and will prepare students for careers in health-care related fields. In the primary curriculum, students will be exposed to the wide range of career opportunities in health care and what course offerings are available to suit their specific needs. The faculty of the Health and Wellness Program come with extensive experiences from backgrounds that include Biology, Health, Nutrition, Communication, and Business.
Ms. Amelia Wilson
Continuing Lecturer and Health Studies Coordinator
(219) 785-5440Ms. Amelia Wilson is a registered dietician with experience in clinical nutrition. She has served as a consultant to long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospitals, public schools, and health facilities, helping them to establish health menus for their clients. She is one of the more sought after speakers by regional high schools, leading classroom discussions on health studies, dietetics, and the health professions. She has fun working with students at all levels, helping them learn what the food they eat does to help keep them healthy. She takes it to the next level by having them interpret a nutrient into a dish to share with the class. She helps students in her health studies classes look at aging, sexuality and medical terminology to prepare them for a career in the health field.
Areas of Study
- Medical Services Manager
Median Salary: $75,691
- Community Health Workers
Salary Range: $28,000 and $60,000.
- Health Communications Specialists
Salary Range: $30,000 and $96,000
- Pharmaceutical Sales
Median salary of $155,000
- Professional Schools (eg: Medical, Dental, Pharmacy)
Direct admission to the BS in Health Studies program may require consideration of standardized test scores and performance in mathematics additional to general University admissions requirements. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Health Studies may be admitted to a general admission program in which they can prepare for acceptance into the Health Studies program in the College of Engineering and Science.