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Health Care Studies Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the health care studies example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

The health care studies example concentration contains courses and competencies ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health care-related field. Students will learn important applied and theoretical aspects of the health and medical services professions, including management of change and global development. Awareness of the human experience of health and disease, its sociological components and psychological foundations all are key elements of this area.

Health Care Studies Sample Schedule*

As a student using the template for the health care studies example concentration, you’ll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements.

This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any termfall, winter, spring or summer—and is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine health care studies courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence (L4) 4
 AI 187 Careers in the Helping Professions (FX) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Humanities Elective (H) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 HC 344 Business of US Health Care (FX, S) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 HC 383 Promoting Healthy Communities (FX, H4) 4
 AI 111 Health Care: Right or Privilege (FX, H2) 4
 Total Credit Hours 14

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 AI 347 Health Care, Ethics and Spirituality (FX, A4) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 SW 274 Impact of Varied Env. on Health (L7 ,S4) 4
 HC 218 Institution of Urban Health Care (FX, H) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 SW 157 Caregiving and Wellness (FX, S3)  4
 SW 232 Dimensions of Aging (FX, H1)     4
 SW 367 Leisure, Recreation and Health (FX, H3) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 7
 SW 359 Everyday Biomedical Ethics (A3, S) 4
 HC 260 Chronic Illness Experience (S, H) 4
 Arts Elective (A, A)    4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 FA 383 Contemporary Ethical Decisions (A1, A)  4
 Science Elective (S5, S)       4
 Arts Elective (A2, A5)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 SW 328 Infectious Disease: Global Challenge (H5, S2) 4
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 10

 Total Credit Hours 108
*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  

- SW 251 Understanding Global Health Concepts and Practices
- SW 175 Caregiving and Wellness
- DCM 333 Addiction and Recovery
- SW 227 Human Growth and Aging
- SW 175 Caregiving and Wellness
- SW 152 Stress Reduction Using Spirituality and Humor
- SW 255 Brain, Mind and Behavior
- AI 396 Introduction to Art Therapy
- SW 269 Energy and Health
- AI 147 Ethics: How Good People Make Tough Choices
- HC 192 How, What and Why We Eat: The Art, Science, and Psychology of Food
- SW 242 Food: Culture, Cuisine and Science
- SW 246 Pharmacology and Health
- SW 219 The Aging or Re-Engaging Brain
- HC 334 The Business of US Health Care in a Changing Environment
- AI 187 Careers in the Helping Professions
- HC 383 Promoting Healthy Communities
- SW 251 Understanding Global Health Concepts and Practices
- SW 282 Nutrition Basics and Beyond
- SW 365 Addiction Studies
- SW 232 Dimensions of Aging: Changing Identities
- HC 289 Psychology from an African Centered Perspective
- SW 215 Stress Management for Health and Wellness
- HC 334 The Business of US Health Care in a Changing Environment
- SW 206 Nutrition and Biological Development
- SW 269 Energy and Health


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Career Outlook

The health care industry is expected to generate 3.2 million new jobs in the U.S. between 2008 and 2018. In Illinois, business operation specialists in medical staff services and bioethics/medical ethics are among the top 50 fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor’s degree. Community and social service specialists in health care are also among the top 50. These are just a few of the many career opportunities related to health care.

Students pursuing the health care studies example concentration may advance their careers in positions such as:

  • Health Administrator
  • Health Services Coordinator or Manager
  • Health Care Communications Manager
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Public Health Educator, Inspector or Manager
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Occupational Health & Safety Inspector or Administrator
  • Compliance Administrator

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.