Why earn a degree in health studies?

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Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

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The major in Health Studies combines a strong foundation in the liberal arts with a broad education in the human sciences to prepare you for a successful career in any aspect of health care.

The B.S. in Health Studies is an especially good choice for students interested in becoming a practitioner or working within health care organizations and the medical industry. You'll become a critical consumer of information, lifelong learner and problem solver — and you'll prepare to succeed in a health-related career.

A Heath Studies degree can be easily paired with any pre-professional degrees, offering students a broader understanding of health care perspectives and opening the door to alternative career options such as health management or promotion.

Flexible Health Sciences Degree

The Health Studies degree has a core set of courses in anatomy, chemistry, physiology and biology. It will prepare you to contribute to the health care field by taking a holistic and integrated approach combining the perspectives of social sciences with public health and ethics. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively by taking specialized courses like Thinking and Writing and Health Communication.

You'll have the option to specialize in one of the following sub-plans:

Health Administration

Learn the leadership and communication skills to foster an environment for health care to be delivered successfully. This might involve coordinating staffing and services, setting budgets and doing ordering, managing people and teams, monitoring regulations and processes, or patient finances. Students may enter graduate programs in Business or Health Administration.

Health Data & Informatics

Manage health data to support and improve care. People who work in Health Informatics process, analyze, and report on information like patient records and clinical or population data. Privacy and security continue to grow in importance as more data is generated, and greater collaboration and integration are needed across providers, institutions, and systems to deliver the best health care. Students may enter graduate programs in Information Technology or Health Informatics.

Health Management

Contribute to the health care industry at the level of the health care organization or facility as a whole. People who work in Health Management analyze the structures and processes of clinics, health care systems, and hospitals to find ways to make them more efficient and effective. Students may enter graduate programs in Business, Health Administration, or Health Management.

Health Promotion

Learn to promote health through programming to increase individual and population well-being and quality of life. This might involve community outreach, government or non-profit agencies, and school/youth or corporate wellness programs. People who work in Health Promotion plan, implement, and evaluate programming aimed at prevention, positive behaviors, and healthy lifestyles through education and awareness. Students may enter graduate programs in Health Promotion, Health Education, or Public Health.

Health & Law

Analyze the policies, regulations, laws, and institutional and political structures that affect health care. This might involve compliance or working to improve health care systems and increase population health through designing and implementing policy interventions and approaches that address pressing health needs and issues. Students may enter Law School or graduate programs in Public Health or Public Policy.

Health Studies at UND

  • Launch your medical career by completing a real-world internship or co-op experience in health care.

  • Explore your health, medical and science interests by joining one of UND's 275+ student organizations.

  • Examine today’s complex health issues from a variety of perspectives. You'll gain a holistic view of health and medicine that can be customized to meet your future medical career goals. 

Health Studies Careers


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Health Studies is a flexible major that opens the door to a world of heath careers by allowing you to build your course of study around your professional goals.

The major leads to rewarding careers in any area of health care, including:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Health Educator
  • Midwife
  • Holistic Therapist
  • Corporate Wellness Manager
  • Mental or Behavioral Health Technician
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Case Manager
  • Health Administration
  • Health Data & Analytics
  • Health Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Health & Law

UND Health Studies Major Alumni

Health Studies alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Altru Health System
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Leidos Holdings, Inc.
  • Target Corporation
  • The Financial Wellness Company

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