The health studies degree at Saint Joseph’s University provides a comprehensive foundation in natural sciences, public health, the healthcare system and social sciences. You will be introduced to a broad range of health issues and concepts including healthcare management, legal and ethical concerns and environmental influences on health, nutrition, life cycle health, alternative medicine, diseases and complementary medicine.
What is a Health Studies Degree?
Healthcare is easily one of the fast-growing fields in the United States. Rapid changes in demographics, advances in medical technology and medical science have increased the need for more educated, committed and compassionate people to enter this field.
Of the rising healthcare issues, chronic illnesses remain the largest concern for the industry. Saint Joseph University's health studies degree is unique in that it helps students advise patients on how to live and cope with a particular disease, in contrast to traditional medical practices that simply focus on fixing or curing the disease.
What Can You do with a Health Studies Degree?
Students who graduate with a degree in health studies from Saint Joseph’s University have gone on to become:
Leaders in healthcare
And so much more
After graduating, you will be equipped with the skills, insights and experiences necessary to understand the biological, psychological and social aspects of health and well-being. You will understand the primary health issues at each stage of life and how healthcare needs change across an individual's lifespan.
How will Saint Joseph’s University Prepare You for a Career in Health Studies?
Saint Joseph’s University partners with other universities to fast track careers in nursing, medicine and other health professions. Our pre-health advising program can also offer guidance when the time comes to begin applying to graduate school.
Saint Joseph’s University's health studies degree offers the flexibility to design an individual program based on your interests and career goals. You have the option to complete prerequisites needed for graduate programs in health-related fields and can minor in any of the following:
The autism behavioral studies program at Saint Joseph's University has a strong focus in behavioral analysis, health policy and more. Many students choose to learn from experts at the University's Kinney Center of Autism Education.
A biology degree from Saint Joseph’s University exposes you to all levels of biological organization, from the sub-cellular to the broad ecosystem. Our program is built with core courses covering the fundamentals of biology, a distribution of upper-level course across the major areas of biology and free electives.
The Department of Psychology offers courses in all of the major subfields of psychology, as well as a clinical concentration of courses in support of those who are interested in pursuing careers in clinical psychology, counseling psychology and related mental health fields.