Health Studies

Are you interested in the big picture issues behind health and health care, such as the social determinants of health (e.g. poverty), health information systems, health systems management and public policy? Are you interested in the growing role of e-health or the role of privatization in health care? A Bachelor of Health Studies degree will provide you with an understanding of the health system from a variety of different perspectives and give you the skills to implement health sector solutions. You will have the option of specializing in one of three streams: Health Management, where you will learn about the health system from an organizational perspective, Health Informatics, in which you will gain specialized knowledge in research, system analysis and design within a health care context, or Health Policy where you will learn how to make effective contributions to policy research, development and implementation at all levels of the health system.

Career Options in Health Studies

Below is a sample list of career choices to explore with a Bachelor of Health Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Health Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Health Studies than others.

  • Account Coordinator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Data Analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Health Care Advocate
  • Health Care Manager
  • Health Finance Analyst
  • Health Human Resources Analyst
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Health Policy Researcher
  • Health Systems Planner
  • Hospital Director
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • International Development Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Medical Writer
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Nurse
  • Physician
  • Project Coordinator
  • Quality Performance Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Designer
  • Systems Integration Specialist

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.