Health Studies

Health Studies
Arianna Smith woman's clinic

Health Studies

Be Prepared to Lead

Prepare for your future as a healthcare leader or licensed health professional by earning your Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies or Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare. You will find supportive, welcoming faculty in the Health Studies program who are eager to help students succeed in their studies and healthcare career.

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COST & FINANCING

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Health Studies Luncheon with students
Health Studies Luncheon

What sets us apart?

Dynamic-career focused

The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies offers four dynamic degree options that prepares students to enter a variety of health-related fields in administration, or to enter a graduate program in specific health professional fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant or DO schools. Additionally, students with health-related or business associate degrees can easily transfer some credits to our bachelor’s program and continue their bachelor’s education in our program. The most outstanding feature of the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies is that course requirements for entry into various professional graduate schools are incorporated into the degree plan, resulting in no extra coursework.

Pre-Health Advising

Health Studies faculty are experts in their fields and are available to discuss a wide range of health-related careers and application process in areas such as medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, optometry, nursing, healthcare administration, occupational and physical therapy. We help guide students towards course selections, application processes and volunteer opportunities that support application to their desired professional school.  

Practicum, Job Shadowing, Service Learning

Health Studies has a strong commitment to community involvement. Students have a variety of formal and informal hands-on learning opportunities that help build self-confidence, professionalism, and personal growth. The variety of experiential learning opportunities available to Health Studies students range from experiences in medical facilities to public service and community-based activities. These opportunities expose students to new ways of understanding and engage them in relevant activities that help connect their coursework to the workplace. The Health Studies department has 136 agreements with various healthcare agencies in the region where our students can complete their experientials.

A Professional Edge

Health Studies courses are built around current, industry-specific skills to support future professional goals. Health Studies faculty provide excellent mentoring to help students explore potential career paths, develop networks in your chosen field, sharpen in-demand professional skills and develop a professional career portfolio. For example, our students get to participate in

our Annual Health Science Professional Luncheon where they network with potential healthcare employers in the region.

Flexible with Cross-School Minors

The Health Studies program is offered on campus and 100% online providing flexibility in course offerings. Health Studies faculty help guide students to consider getting a minor in other areas such as Psychology, Gerontology, Spanish, Biology, and Business Administration. A minor is a great way to learn more about another field and it helps boosts student’s transcript for career options and application to professional programs.

A career in healthcare is very rewarding and provides an invaluable service to your community. Healthcare managers and licensed healthcare providers are a critical component for a smoothly operating healthcare organization, overseeing the daily services, and operations in a healthcare organization, which can include hospitals, group medical practices, nursing homes, and hospice care facilities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical and health services managers is predicted to grow rapidly with a projected 32% job growth rate over the next 10 years. The median annual wage for licensed healthcare practitioners is $69,870 and the annual wage for entry level health service managers is $49,000 (BLS Statistics).

Job Opportunities

Administrative Specialist Case Manager

Administrative Office Manager

Certified Applications Counselor

Clinical Allergy Specialist

Community Education Coordinator

Compliance Assistant

Director of Quality Assurance

Human Resource Director

Marketing/Communication Specialist

Pharmaceutical Sales Associate

 

Employers

ECR Pharmaceuticals

Children's Hospital New Orleans

Children's Coalition

Harbor House

Louisiana Pain Care

Morehouse Hospital

North Oaks Medical Center

Physician and Surgery Hospital

Vantage

Willis Knighton Hospital

 

Graduate and Medical School Acceptance

University of Louisiana Monroe (MFT, MBA, MOT, GERO, MPH, PYSCH, RT, NURS, OTA)

VCOM - Auburn and Louisiana Monroe (College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Augusta Florida University Health Sciences

Conway Arkansas Health Sciences

Grambling State University

Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana State University Medical Center

Texas Women's University Health Sciences

Tulane University

University of Tennessee Health Sciences

 

Our innovative Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (BSHS) is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health-related career. The BSHS offers two major options that prepare students to enter a variety of non-clinical management positions, or to enter a specific health professional field such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant or DO schools. Both major options begin with two years of guided courses including humanities, mathematics, biology, and english. During the second two years, students take courses that focus on business basics, healthcare delivery systems, cultural diversity, ethics, healthcare law, leadership and research in healthcare. Students complete a senior-level practicum experience with on-the-job training while under supervision at an approved agency. 

BSHS Two Major Options

Healthcare Management Marketing Major Option – On campus and Online format

This Health Studies Healthcare Management/Marketing (HSMM) option is designed for students interested in health-related careers for management employment in healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 20% over the next 10 years creating more healthcare management jobs in a variety of settings. Students completing this degree option will be equipped to understand changes in healthcare laws, regulations and technology as well as plan, direct and implement quality healthcare.  The 100% online format offers courses in an 8-week accelerated system providing limited disruption to a student’s life. 

Pre-Professional Major Option

The Health Studies Pre-Professional (HSPP) major option is designed to prepare students for entry into graduate professional health-related schools such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The curriculum includes a solid foundation in humanities, advanced sciences and health studies courses which prepare undergraduates for a health professional career. The most outstanding feature of the HSPP is that course requirements for entry into professional schools are incorporated into the plans of study, resulting in no extra coursework for our HSPP majors. HSPP students have the option of completing a practicum experience which can provide required observation and volunteer hours needed for application to their professional programs. 

While in the Health Studies program, you can build a resume full of diverse experiences based on your interests and career goals. We offer opportunities for students to do job shadowing, volunteerism, community activities and much more.  In addition, our Health Studies Student Association (HSSA) is a very active ULM student association participating in as many as 25 on-campus and community projects each year. Here are a few extracurricular activities you could be involved in:

  • Annual Health Science Professional Business Luncheon – meet and mingle with regional healthcare leaders

  • Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home - Foster Parents Training Night 2x a year– topics: Nutrition, Safe Medication Administration, Structured Home Environment

  • Community Outreach: Local and Regional Community Health fairs – Topics: nutrition, chronic disease, living healthy longer, women’s and men’s health

  • Pink Pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness

  • ULM Trunk or Treat 

  • National Student Leadership Conferences

  • ULM Research Symposium

  • Mentorship program at ULM

  • Emerging Scholar program at ULM

  • Participation in on-campus recruitment fairs such as PREP, Browse and College Fairs

Learn more about financial aid options: https://www.ulm.edu/financialaid/

Learn more about scholarship opportunities: https://www.ulm.edu/scholarships/

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