2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. 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
Ph.D. in Health Services Student



Walden University’s B.S. 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 (30 cr., except for General)
  • Elective courses (45 cr.; General 75 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Core 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.

Elective Courses (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.)

Program Data

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