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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

BS in Health Studies



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“I am excited about my coursework. I have a desire to learn more to make contributions to society and my community.”

Kahla D. LaPlante, PhD in Health Services Student

Walden University’s BS in Health Studies program is designed to empower students as critical and creative thinkers who are capable of addressing the health needs of local and global communities through the delivery of healthcare services. Students will gain the knowledge base required to understand and anticipate the continuing changes in the healthcare industry and prepare health professionals to work within a variety of healthcare settings.

Learning Outcomes


At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the concepts of health and wellness relate to health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Critically appraise the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside of the United States.
  3. Apply epidemiological approaches to the study of patterns of disease and injury in populations.
  4. Evaluate study designs, methods, and strategies for data analysis used in health-related research.
  5. Analyze key behavioral and cultural factors that impact health and healthcare.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how technology and legal and ethical issues impact the delivery of healthcare services.
  7. Analyze the major advantages and disadvantages of an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare delivery.
  8. Articulate critical issues in acute and long-term care from the perspective of patient and practitioner.
  9. Assess public and global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture.

Degree Requirements


  • 181 total quarter credit hours
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (0-30 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Elective courses (45-75 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Curriculum


General Education Courses (46 cr.)


See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Electives (45–75 cr.)


Students following a specific concentration are to select nine additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement; students choosing the General Option select 15 additional courses. Students may choose courses from either general education  courses, health studies concentration courses, or courses from any of Walden’s bachelor’s programs. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements. These credits of electives are in addition to the 5-credit general education elective.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

Capstone Course (5 cr.)


Note on Certification


The BS in Health Studies concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness has been designed to reflect the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) to prepare students to sit for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about the CHES exam, students should visit http://www.nchec.org.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the BS in Health Studies program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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