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What to Expect From a BS in Health Studies Program

Earning a degree in health studies online can be both educational and fulfilling.

Walden University’s BS in Health Studies online program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to positively impact community health—and their future.

Health studies graduates will be prepared to evaluate health and wellness programs; assess health issues in relation to class, race, ethnicity, and culture; explain how behavioral, social, and cultural factors impact community health; and so much more.

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Students personalize their career path through one of three concentrations:

Healthcare Management
This concentration is ideal for those who seek a management or leadership position in the healthcare field. In addition to the core courses of the BS in Health Studies program, students explore topics such as healthcare finance and organizational theory and behavior. Possible career paths include healthcare management and healthcare consulting.

Health Promotion and Wellness
This concentration is for individuals who seek to improve community health and well-being. Students examine current public health issues and learn strategies for addressing prevention and wellness in their communities. Coursework is designed to prepare graduates to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Health Psychology and Behavior
This concentration is for those who seek to inform, encourage, and motivate people to change unhealthy behaviors and adopt healthier lifestyles. Students study the social, behavioral, emotional, and cognitive factors associated with illness, disease, and injury. Possible future work environments include research, clinical, or community service settings.

Healthcare Occupation Outlook

Due to an increasingly aging population, healthcare workers are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare sector is expected to add more jobs than any other sector in the coming years. Employment in healthcare is projected to grow 16% between 2020 and 2030, adding 2.6 million new jobs.1

An online degree in health studies from Walden University can prepare graduates to pursue healthcare jobs in areas such as community health, wellness coaching, pharmaceutical or medical device sales, and more. Potential job settings include federal, state, or local government programs; hospitals; clinics; laboratories; and residential and therapeutic facilities.

A first step toward this promising future is a BS in Health Studies from Walden University. With Walden as your online learning partner, you can work at a pace that is comfortable and convenient for you as you manage personal and job commitments.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering a BS in Health Studies degree program online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

1Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

Note on Certification: The BS in Health Studies program with the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Walden Enrollment Specialists can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES exam, students should visit www.nchec.org.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.

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