2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Jan 30, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

BS in Health Studies

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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.


Note: The BS in Health Studies program is offered in two different learning modalities: the course-based modality and the competency-based modality, Tempo Learning®.

Learning Outcomes

Roman numerals in parentheses at the end of each learning outcome indicate alignment to the Walden University outcomes.

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

  1. Evaluate health and wellness promotion initiatives. (II, IV, V, VI)
  2. Critically appraise the context and quality of healthcare delivery within and outside of the United States. (II, IV, V, VI)
  3. Evaluate health-related research and research methods. (IV, V, VI)
  4. Explain how a variety of factors (including behavioral theories, social and cultural factors and epidemiological principles) impact health. (II, IV, V, IX)
  5. Assess public and global health issues across class, race, ethnicity and culture. (I, IV, V, VI, VIII, IX)
  6. Demonstrate the skills needed to create effective health programs and services (inclusive of program planning, healthcare management and program evaluation). (II, III, IV, V, VI)
  7. Demonstrate effective communication skills necessary to advance social change in health education and promotion. (I, II, VIII)

Competency-Based Education

In addition to the course-based option described below, students can choose to earn their BS in Health Studies through the competency-based education modality. Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will earn the same Walden degree in either modality. See the BS in Health Studies (Competency Based)  page for program details.

Course-Based Program

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credit hours
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (0–25 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Elective courses (50–75 cr., depending on concentration)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)


General Education Courses (46 cr.)

See the general education  section of this Walden University Catalog.

Note: A minimum of 60 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 student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Electives (50–75 cr.)

Students following a specific concentration are to select 10 additional courses to fulfill the elective requirement; students choosing the General Program select 15 additional courses. Students may choose courses from general education , BS in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree 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 specialists 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 resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate. 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.

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