Shaping and Contributing to the Health & Welfare of Others
According to the US Department of Labor, healthcare occupational growth is projected to increase 18% from 2016 through 2026.1 This growth has been attributed to an increase in the aging population and greater demand for healthcare services from Baby Boomers and newly-insured patients since the inception of the Affordable Care Act. They also note that this growth will be the result of increased awareness regarding the benefits of exercise, wellness, nutrition, and preventive measures designed to prevent chronic disease and the need to employ individuals with these areas of expertise.1
Our Health Science major will provide students with the skills needed to both conduct comprehensive health, wellness and fitness assessments, and develop programming to address the needs of clients, patients and populations. Furthermore, our students will be equipped to assess the outcomes associated with these intervention strategies and prepared to implement changes accordingly.
For those students who may be considering pursuit of a professional healthcare degree, our Health Sciences major will serve as a gateway designed to prepare students for graduate degree programs in Medicine, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies.
Students from our Health Science Program will have opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to factor prominently into a variety of healthcare arenas, including human performance, strength & conditioning, corporate wellness, exercise physiology, health education, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and community health & wellness.
Possible Career Settings & Paths
Hospital/Medical Setting - Cardiac rehabilitation,health care facility management, mental health & wellness
Industrial/Corporate Setting - Ergonomics, worksite safety, counseling & education, wellness, medical sales
Athletic/Fitness Setting - Performance enhancement, strength and conditioning, exercise/fitness/wellness, exercise physiology, nutrition
Public Sector - Public health, health education, community health
Administrative Setting - Health informatics, marketing and public relations
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Sciences, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm (Accessed June 15, 2018).