Develop a greater understanding of policies, organization, and dynamics of the U.S. healthcare system in our online BS in Health Studies degree program.
The General Program competency-based degree completion option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.
Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.
The General Program is also offered in the following degree completion options:
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.
This represents the minimum credits for program completion. Time to completion will 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 844-767-9522.
Initiatives to prevent illness and promote healthy lifestyles are often more effective and cost efficient than efforts to intervene or treat disease. This is why health promotion is an increasingly popular trend in the field of healthcare. In this course, you’ll formulate a definition of health and discuss the many influences that shape our individual and collective perceptions of health. Explore the health-wellness continuum, including a number of factors, such as behavioral, demographic, psychological, and social forces. Examine evidence-based methodologies for interventions to promote health and enhance wellness and evaluate health information found online to determine credibility and accuracy. You’ll also reflect on ways to shape your future career in health and to promote positive change.
Effective advocacy through politics, policy, and professional associations is one method of improving healthcare delivery in the U.S. However, effective advocacy depends on individuals who fully understand current issues, systems, existing policies, and related contexts. In this course, you’ll engage in a systems-level analysis of the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery. Examine legislative, regulatory, and financial processes relevant to the organization and provision of healthcare services. You’ll also assess the impact of these processes on quality and safety in the practice environment and disparities in the healthcare system.
Many factors influence the health behavior and wellness of individuals and populations. Understanding these factors helps healthcare professionals reduce health disparities and address healthcare access issues for vulnerable populations. In this course, you’ll examine the cultural and behavioral factors and issues that influence the management and delivery of healthcare services. Develop a framework for assessing the effect of culture and behavior in a variety of settings and situations. Identify health disparities attributable to diverse cultural and behavioral factors and discuss their implications for healthcare policy. You will also engage in application-based writing assignments to further examine the goals and objectives of addressing health disparities as well as obstacles for confronting vulnerable populations.
Become familiar with established and emerging health behavior, health education, and health promotion theories and models. Develop the knowledge and skills necessary for applying various theoretical frameworks and models related to understanding psychosocial, cultural, and contextual factors influencing health behavior and behavior change. Throughout this course, you will focus on the role of theories and models in planning, implementing, and evaluating health interventions at various levels.
The course is designed to provide an overview of public and global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. Explore the role of the healthcare provider in preserving and promoting health among diverse populations. Consider global health and their role in health promotion, protection, and maintenance, and in illness prevention of targeted populations. Principles of epidemiology and the influencing sociopolitical factors that impact health and well-being are explored.
This course presents management concepts and theories designed to influence and improve the performance of healthcare organizations. Identify the external and internal environments of organizations as well as key management functions, roles, and responsibilities. You will also explore essential aspects of healthcare management.
Planning culturally relevant and effective public health programs is essential to improving the health of populations. This course provides an introduction to public health program planning and design, including the process of needs assessment. You’ll examine and apply various models and theoretical frameworks of program planning. You will also explore fundamental competencies relating to planning, such as writing goals and objectives, selecting strategies, developing budgets, and planning for specific populations. The course introduces concepts related to program implementation, management, and evaluation as they relate to the planning process.
How do public health professionals know when a program is working? This course provides an introduction to evaluating public health programs. Examine various types of program evaluations, including formative, process, outcome, and impact evaluations. Learn how to design and conduct practical and effective program evaluations that determine whether program goals are achieved. You will also practice implementing a program evaluation plan to evaluate the effectiveness of a program, and use the results of the evaluation to improve performance.
This course focuses on the principles governing the study and practice of epidemiology. Explore the various methods available to health professionals for selecting and measuring factors of interest, describing their distribution, detecting associations, and identifying populations at risk. The features, advantages, and limitations of common epidemiologic research designs are also addressed.
This course examines the basic components required for the conduct of health-related research. You’ll be provided with the analytic tools needed to understand and assess research methods described in the scientific literature. Basic research methods are described, including surveys, observational studies, experimental and quasi-experimental design, use of primary and secondary data, and statistical techniques for analyzing and interpreting data.
The principles and theories of health communication and their application to health promotion and behavior change are the focus of this course. You’ll examine how to design and deliver health messages to various audiences while remaining sensitive to cultural, socioeconomic, and educational factors influencing the audience. Evaluate important dimensions of intercultural and intracultural communication and study how to make scholarly writing accessible to the general population. Explore the use of emerging technologies and social media in marketing and communications.
The capstone gives you an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills gained from the program of study through a written paper or project.