Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Health Studies

The Health Studies program prepares students to take an important and meaningful role in the medical field. The major and minor programs allow Saints to explore their specific interests, whether it be administration, policy or health science.

Program Highlights

  • A unique program generally not found at liberal arts colleges.
  • A range of elective coursework from the departments of sociology, psychology, economics, religious studies, philosophy and social work.
  • Specialty courses that examine health care systems in the developed and developing worlds.
  • Development of critical thinking, research, independent research and comparative analysis.
  • The Health Studies coordinator, Dr. Duane Matcha is a two-time Fulbright Scholar and the author of five books, including “Health Care Systems of the Developed World: How the United States’ System Remains an Outlier.”
  • Preparation for careers in medicine, public health and nonprofit organizations.

Health Studies Major:

The BA in Health Studies program provides an overview of the healthcare system and critical public health issues. You will choose between one of three tracks: health administration, health science and health policy. This unique program is designed for students with multiple interests, educational goals and aspirations that would be unable to pursue them in a traditional curriculum model.

Health Studies Minor:

The Health Studies minor provides students with a cohesive core of courses that focus on significant aspects of health care issues in American society today. The minor can also benefit students by making them a more marketable candidate in the work world.

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Career Opportunities

Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $66,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Dietitians and Nutritionists plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

Job titles include: Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietitian, Correctional Food Service Supervisor, Dietary Manager, Nutritionist, Outpatient Dietitian, Pediatric Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietician

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Medical and Health Services Managers plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

Job titles include: Office Manager, Nurse Manager, Health and Social Service Manager, Program Manager, Clinical Director, Director of Nursing, Medical Records Manager, Mental Health Program Manager, Nutrition Services Manager, Practice Administrator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $88,580 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22% or higher from 2012 to 2022.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

Job titles include: Certified Industrial Hygienist; Chief Safety Officer; Corporate Safety Director; Director Employee Safety and Health; Environmental Health and Safety Manager; Environmental, Health, and Safety EHS Officer; Health and Safety Manager; Risk Control Consultant; Safety Consultant; Safety Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $66,790 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Physical Therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Job titles include: Chief Physical Therapist; Home Care Physical Therapist; Outpatient Physical Therapist; Pediatric Physical Therapist; Per Diem Physical Therapist; Physical Therapist (PT); Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation; Registered Physical Therapist (RPT); Rehabilitation Services Director; Staff Physical Therapist (Staff PT)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $79,860 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 12% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Occupational Therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Job titles include: Occupational Therapist (OT), Registered Occupational Therapist, Staff Therapist, Assistive Technology Trainer and Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $75,400 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 22%+ (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Optometrists diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

Job titles: Optometrist, Doctor of Optometry (OD), Doctor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $97,820 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 22%+(much faster than average) growth from 2012 to 2022.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

Job titles include: Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Lab Tech, Laboratory Assistant, Lab Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Supervisor, Non-Registered Technician, Laboratory Associate, Lab Associate, Toxicology and Laboratory Technician.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $37,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 22% growth (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $90,930 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 38% (much faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.