The health studies program provides a number of paths to students who wish to work in a health-care related field but do not want to pursue nursing. Graduates are well prepared to immediately enter non-clinical occupations within the health care sector, and/or to pursue master’s degrees in health and human services or doctoral level training in health services research, public health, or health education. Students can also pursue pre-professional tracks preparing them for entry into advanced degree programs such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. Other health care pre-professional tracks can be followed while pursuing the general B. S. in Biology degree or the BS in Biology degree with a concentration in Health Sciences. Some of these tracks can also be taken as part of the BS in Health Studies program with the addition of some required Biology courses.
Health Studies Careers
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.”
Salaries vary depending on the health care industry job. For instance:
- Medical Services Manager, which is ranked 10th on the Hoosier Hot Fifty Jobs List, with a salary of $75,691.
- Community Health Workers promote healthy living by educating community members about healthy life style choices. Salaries range between $28,000 and $60,000.
- Health Communications Specialists provide information about illness and healthy living. Salaries range between $30,000 and $96,000.
- Students interested in additional training at professional schools such as medical school have salary expectations that can start at $142,00 as an urgent care physician.
Faculty & Curriculum
The Health Studies curriculum and faculty are unique because they draw from many different departments with a common focus. This degree will provide students with the curriculum to gain an understanding of the wide array of career opportunities available in the health care industry. Students may find that they are more interested in a health care field they have never had experience with in the past. The faculty and department will assist students in developing a degree program that will allow them to pursue a health care career of their choice.