The healthcare industry is changing dramatically and healthcare organizations are growing more complex.

With Walden’s B.S. in Health Studies program, you can broaden your understanding of the policies, organization, financing, and dynamics of the U.S. healthcare system and gain the knowledge needed to understand and anticipate the continuing changes in the healthcare industry.

Whether you currently work in allied health or are seeking to enter the field, Walden’s bachelor’s program in health studies can help you leverage your experience to take the next step in your career, giving you the opportunity to change your world and the world of those around you.

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Walden’s B.S. in Health Studies program offers a variety of concentrations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.

General Option: This option may be a great choice for you if you already hold an associate degree or if you have a high number of transfer credits.

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

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General Program

To successfully navigate the ever-evolving healthcare field, today’s health professionals can benefit from a solid foundation in the health sciences. Walden’s B.S. in Health Studies General Option gives you the opportunity to custom-tailor a course of study to support your career goals. Whether you’re currently working in a health-related field, are seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree, or are just starting your college studies, the B.S. in Health Studies General Option offers you the flexibility to explore a range of topics in healthcare, including global and public health, epidemiology, health promotion, and interdisciplinary perspectives on healthcare delivery.

With this program, you can:

  • Evaluate the quality and context of healthcare delivery in a local, national, or international setting.
  • Explore culture and behavior and their impact on the health of individuals and populations.
  • Examine how clinical research and healthcare are affected by legal and ethical considerations.
  • Learn how managerial and clinical decision making can be supported by technology.
  • Analyze the effects of aging on health and healthcare delivery, and develop strategies that can address various associated issues.
  • Study disease, illness, and injury from a multidisciplinary perspective that offers a real-world approach to health and healthcare delivery.

This option may be a great choice for you if you already hold an associate degree or if you have a high number of transfer credits. Call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 to learn more.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Elective courses (75 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose 15 courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 75 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Child Development

Put your understanding of young children to work by learning how their early development can be shaped in order to create healthy, respectful, and challenging environments that support and promote health and wellness. This concentration can help you discover how a child’s cultural, familial, and communal surroundings shape his or her development.

Explore how social, cognitive, and emotional challenges influence a child’s behavioral growth and learn to use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies. You will also have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to work collaboratively with families and specialists in a variety of roles that promote and support child development, health, and wellness, including hospital child-life professional, child advocate, family crisis professional, or parent support specialist.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.) 
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

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Disaster and Emergency Management

Emergency management is geared toward helping individuals and communities prevent, prepare for, and recover from natural and manmade disasters. A professional in this field may be charged with preparing and organizing communities for natural and manmade catastrophes and for building disaster-resilient communities. This includes spearheading and managing activities through each phase of the disaster and emergency management process, from prevention to preparation, relief, and recovery.

This concentration will broaden your knowledge and skills in disaster management and examine threats to public health safety. You can:

  • Learn how to develop long-term measures for reducing risk and preventing future disasters.
  • Discover effective methods for leading relief efforts and mobilizing resources when disasters strike, including assessing the needs of victims in emergency situations.
  • Examine the importance of disaster and emergency management to homeland security.
  • Gain a broader understanding of response tactics associated with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

The Disaster and Emergency Management concentration is a great choice if you are interested in working within a nonprofit or federal agency, such as FEMA; the U.S. military; a private corporation; or a public health organization.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • General education courses (45 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)  
  • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
  • Elective courses (45 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Health and Cultural Diversity

Working within a diverse and complex society, today’s healthcare professionals must be receptive to differences across various cultural and ethnic groups. Professionals need to be able to anticipate challenges and effectively manage diversity issues in cross-cultural situations.

Students in the Health and Cultural Diversity concentration will examine the sociocultural factors that impact health, such as ethnicity, culture, religion, education, and gender. You can also:

  • Learn how to recognize differences in communication styles across cultures.
  • Develop greater cultural competence as a health professional working in a diverse global society.
  • Discover the impact that cultural differences have on individual responses to health-related conditions, such as pain, stress, and illness.
  • Promote social change by respecting, valuing, and understanding the beliefs and norms of various cultural groups.

The Health and Cultural Diversity concentration is a great choice if you are interested in working within a nonprofit, government, or nongovernmental agency or within an international organization or agency, such as the World Health Organization or the United Nations.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Health Communication

Health communication plays an important role in shaping public opinion and influencing health behavior. This concentration prepares health professionals to develop, implement, and evaluate health information for diverse audiences in a variety of settings through a multidisciplinary approach. Students learn about communication theory, techniques, technologies, and channels; and, through instruction in relevant aspects of health, communications, education, public relations, and instructional design, they learn how to design various forms of communication.

The Health Communication concentration focuses on achieving positive outcomes in health promotion and healthcare delivery by helping students identify, evaluate, and apply various forms of communication in specific settings. You can:

  • Understand how to use media planning and modeling tools to develop a media strategy and plan for health communication.
  • Discover the best communication tools and approaches for delivering health information.
  • Analyze how communication occurs among individuals and between organizations and discuss how ethical, cultural, and management issues affect communication.
  • Learn how to use media planning tools to support health communication and public relations initiatives and strategies.
  • Learn how and when to use new media tools, such as blogs, podcasts, and social networks, to optimize your communication plan.

The Health Communication concentration is a great choice if you are pursuing a career as a health communication specialist within the fields of health journalism, new media, public relations, or allied health.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.) 
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

And choose an additional three from the following:

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Health Informatics

Health informatics, cited by U.S. News & World Report as a top career field,* intersects with nearly every area of healthcare. Discover how to apply information technology to support clinical and managerial decision-making, promote patient safety, and enhance the quality of care. Broaden your knowledge of technology safeguards and related ethical and legal issues. Acquire the skills that can help you attain positions in clinical informatics, data quality, information security, and patient information in a range of health care and medical settings.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits (including 45 cr. completed at Walden)
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.) 
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

    • Course Code
    • Course Title
    • Credits

*U.S. News and World Report, “America’s Best Careers 2009,” on the Internet at www.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2008/12/04/ahead-of-the-curve-careers-2008.html (viewed online August 28, 2009). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Health Management

A projected healthcare industry growth of 21.7% by 2016* will raise the demand for health professionals who are effective leaders, critical thinkers, and ethical decision-makers. Gain a broad understanding of the field of health studies and position yourself for a leadership role in health-related organizations with Walden’s enhanced Health Management concentration in the B.S. in Health Studies program. This concentration, which blends management with health curricula, is suited for those who want a broader perspective and who seek a healthcare leadership role beyond a hospital or clinical setting.

By choosing the Health Management concentration, you can:

  • Explore the principles of business administration, healthcare management, and organizational theory and behavior.
  • Gain the financial, economic, and organizational knowledge that can prepare you for a healthcare leadership role across a wide spectrum of workplace environments.
  • Focus on social responsibility and global awareness within the context of the health industry.

The Health Management concentration is ideal if you are pursuing a management career in corporate health, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations or you wish to begin your own consulting practice.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

 

 

Core Courses

 

 

Concentration Courses

 

 

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

 

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, Career Guide to Industries, 2010–2011 Edition,” on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm (viewed online July 13, 2010). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Health Promotion and Wellness

Yoga and Pilates. Organic farmers’ markets. Community bike paths. A renewed interest in wellness and vitality has prompted the healthcare industry to take a closer look at how we move, what we eat, and why we behave the way we do. You can stay in step with the sweeping changes that are impacting our nation’s health by enrolling in Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness. Through coursework that examines the most pressing health issues outlined in Healthy People 2020, this concentration can help you gain the skills to be an advocate for healthier lifestyle choices.

Use your knowledge to empower individuals and communities to improve their physical fitness, nutrition habits, stress management, and interpersonal behaviors. With a curriculum rooted in the latest findings on prevention and wellness, you can learn how to inspire others as you enhance your own wellness.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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    • Course Title
    • Credits

Health Psychology and Behavior

The challenges of health and well-being in today’s world require an understanding of the social, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive factors associated with disease, illness and injury. These factors can not only vary in important ways by geography, but by differences in culture, race/ethnicity, and experience. This concentration is designed to give students the academic preparation to help lead the healthy changes in the psychology and behavior of individuals and the community.

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
  • Foundation course (1 cr.)
  • General education courses (45 cr.) 
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
  • Elective courses (45 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Self-Designed

Study a broad range of health-related subjects as you develop your own program of study. The self-designed option lets you choose six courses (up to 30 credits) from any existing concentration within the B.S. in Health Studies program.

Select six courses from any of the following concentrations:

  • Health Communication
  • Disaster and Emergency Management
  • Health and Cultural Diversity
  • Child Development
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Psychology and Behavior

Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits 
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (45 cr.)
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

COMM 1001 Contemporary Communications (General education course) and WLDN 1000 Dynamics of Walden Success: Learning Lab (Core course) must be taken before other General education courses. These two courses are also prerequisites for the HLTH courses.

The program’s courses are delivered online in a prescribed sequence.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Concentration Courses

Choose any six courses (up to 30 credits) from the other B.S. in Health Studies concentrations to design a program that will closely match your professional goals. At least three of these courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, B.S. in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor.

Capstone Course

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Curriculum Component  Requirements  Cost 
Courses  181 total quarter credit hours  $310 per quarter credit hour 
Technology Fee  per quarter  $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

The healthcare industry provided some 13.6 million jobs in 2006. It is projected that the industry, including allied health, will generate three million new jobs by 2016, more than any other field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Guide to Industries (2008-2009).

With demand growing for highly trained professionals throughout the industry, Walden’s new B.S. in Health Studies can help you prepare for the rapidly evolving cluster of allied health professions.

Expand Your Career Options

Prepare to pursue new opportunities that can advance your professional career in a range of healthcare settings. Broaden your career options in:

  • Ambulatory healthcare services
  • Health practitioners’ offices
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Medical diagnostic laboratories
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Non-profit organizations

Reach Your Potential

With a bachelor’s degree from Walden, you'll have the tools you need to succeed. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s degree in health administration or informatics.

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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Designed by recognized leaders in the health sector, the B.S. in Health Studies program can help you:

  • Apply multidisciplinary approaches to the study of illness, disease, and injury.
  • Assess and develop relevant solutions related to the impact of aging on health and healthcare delivery.
  • Understand how information technology can be used to support clinical and managerial decision making in healthcare.
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues related to healthcare delivery and clinical research.
  • Assess the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside of the United States.
  • Analyze key behavioral and cultural factors that impact health and healthcare.

When you choose Walden’s bachelor’s of health studies program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the concepts of health and wellness relate to health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Critically appraise the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside of the United States.
  3. Apply epidemiological approaches to the study of patterns of disease and injury in populations.
  4. Evaluate study designs, methods, and strategies for data analysis used in health-related research.
  5. Analyze key behavioral and cultural factors that impact health and healthcare.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how technology and legal and ethical issues impact the delivery of healthcare services.
  7. Analyze the major advantages and disadvantages of an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare delivery.
  8. Articulate critical issues in acute and long-term care from the perspectives of patient and practitioner.
  9. Assess public and global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the B.S. in Health Studies relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which concentration fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.