UND's Health Studies major 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. It offers students a broader understanding of health care perspectives and opens
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:
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 and 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.
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.
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 and 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.