Foster stronger, healthier communities with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies from Walden.

You’re passionate about improving quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Our BS in Health Studies program can empower you to create the health behavior changes you want to see. Personalize your path of study—and even get a head start on your master’s degree.

Why Pursue Your BS in Health Studies at Walden?

  • Gain in-demand, job-ready skills: Learn what you need to know to excel in today’s health-related occupations, including health promotion, program evaluation, and communication.
  • Align your program with your professional passion: Choose the General Program or one of three health studies degree concentration options, allowing you to personalize your career path in allied health.
  • Prepare for CHES certification: Those who choose the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration will engage in coursework specially developed to prepare you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
  • Earn your degree your way: With three completion options, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in health studies in a way that makes sense for your life, budget, and learning style.

You’ve Got Choices

Choose from three degree completion options, depending on your schedule and education goals:

Competency-Based Learning

Competency-Based Learning
You've spent years helping people lead healthier lives. Now you can leverage that real-world work experience to potentially earn your degree faster. Designed for working professionals, a bachelor's in health services competency-based option lets you control your tuition costs and progress at a pace that fits your busy life. Learn on your schedule and gain skills you can apply immediately on the job.

Turn Your Passion Into Impact

Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Health Studies program empowers you with the knowledge and skills to help others shape a healthier future. A BS in Health Studies degree prepares students for increasing responsibility in nonclinical careers in fields ranging from public health to health education. Apply what you learn immediately to make a greater impact in your current job—or take the next step in your career.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this health studies degree program will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate health and wellness promotion initiatives.
  • Critically appraise the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside of the United States.
  • Evaluate health-related research and research methods.
  • Explain how a variety of factors (including behavioral theories, social and cultural factors and epidemiological principles) impact health.
  • Assess public and global health issues across class, race, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to create effective health programs and services (inclusive of program planning, healthcare management, and program evaluation).
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills necessary to advance social change in health education and promotion.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a BS in Health Studies?

Find Your Opportunity in a Thriving Field

As the population ages, the demand for healthcare services is greater than ever. Healthcare jobs are predicted to surge 18% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In fact, this industry is expected to create more jobs than any other occupational group—approximately 2.4 million.2

Be a Health Change Agent

Walden’s BS in Health Studies program can prepare you for roles in a range of settings. Career options include:

  • Health promoter/health advisor
  • Community health worker
  • Worksite wellness coordinator
  • Teacher/coach
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Pharmaceutical/medical salesperson

Potential settings in which you could work with a health studies degree include:

  • City, state, or national government health programs
  • Community health programs
  • Health and wellness facilities
  • Health-based foundations
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Medical diagnostic laboratories
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Recreation and therapeutic facilities

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


Beyond the Classroom

When you pursue your bachelor’s degree at Walden, you can translate your coursework into practice by participating in an optional field experience, service learning project, or study abroad program.

Accelerate Into Master's (AIM) Program

The AIM program allows you to complete your master’s program with up to 50% fewer credits, since you begin the coursework while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Pathways

Undergraduate Pathways offers options for increasing your course load to reduce your degree completion time.


JImmy Watson

Jimmy Watson

BS in Health Studies Graduate / MHA Graduate
The amount of support, resources, and assistance available to students is phenomenal.
I love Walden’s mission of positive social change; it is so much of what I value. My joy is not just to have the diploma on the wall, but also to know that I have the capacity to make a difference.
I chose Walden because I was seeking a relationship with a university that shared my values—looking at education as a means to help improve the world.
Kahla D. LaPlante PhD in Health Services Student
Kahla LaPlante
Jonas Nguh PhD in Public Health / BSN Graduate
Jonas Nguh
Melissa Thomas MPH and PhD in Public Health Graduate
Melissa Thomas

1Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option. If you start the BS in Healthcare Management, BS in Public Health, or BS in Health Studies program anytime in 2019, please note that the earliest you can complete the program is December 31, 2019.

2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

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 advisors 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

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