Tailor your bachelor's degree to prepare for the complexities of working as a health
Health care offers some of today's fastest-growing careers. The health sciences major
in Health Studies at UND combines courses to provide both a general knowledge base
in the human and natural sciences and the perspective that health care demands.
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Why earn a degree in health studies?
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:
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.
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 & 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
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 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:
Corporate Wellness Manager
Mental or Behavioral Health Technician
Social and Human Services Assistant
Personal Care Aide
Health Data & Analytics
Health & Law
UND Health Studies Major Alumni
Health Studies alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Altru Health System
Leidos Holdings, Inc.
The Financial Wellness Company
IDS 495. Service and Citizenship. 3 Credits.
Students will design community service projects, or will join existing projects, and engage in volunteer action during the semester. Class meetings on campus will center on a critical discussion of volunteerism and community service; current literature on service learning will be studied. Self-assessment of experiential learning outcomes, as well as a portfolio and essay will be required. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. F,S,SS.
IDS 280. Interdisciplinary Thinking and Writing. 3 Credits.
The course will examine the nature of academic disciplines and fields and the way in which knowledge is generated, organized, and shared. Basic assumptions and orientations will be compared and contrasted in the humanities, social sciences, and science disciplines. Current literature in the field of interdisciplinary studies will be presented, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches in the health fields. F,S.
NURS 282. Health Promotion. 2 Credits.
This course focuses on the promotion of health across the lifespan based on national health objectives. Lecture. F.
PSYC 335. Health Psychology. 3 Credits.
A biopsychosocial approach is used to examine basic concepts, theories, and research in health psychology from the perspectives of the patient, caregiver, health care provider, and researcher. Prerequisite: PSYC 111. F.
LEAD 101. Learning Leadership. 3 Credits.
An introduction to leadership as a discipline including the theories of leadership, the role of leadership in history and today's society, communication and interaction with diverse individuals and groups, basic network-building concepts and assessment of application of leadership theory and skills. F,S.
PSYC 370. Cyber Security, Big Data, & Human Behavior. 3 Credits.
This course will discuss the connections between human behavior, cyber security and big data. Big data tools and techniques allow the integration of diverse data streams from multiple sources providing the potential for better understanding and prediction of human behavior. Improved predictive modeling emerging from big data has several implications including possibly strengthening the security of critical cyber systems. On demand.
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