Healthcare now contributes to 17% of the U.S. economy. The Healthcare Services major at HNU is a versatile field of study that draws primarily from psychology and sociology coursework and provides preparation for a career in healthcare outside of direct-patient care (e.g. nursing). Students in the healthcare services program develop valuable skills in interviewing clients, assessing their needs, and providing crisis intervention and delivering important social services related to care. These skills prepare graduates to work as patient advocates and case managers in health and human services organizations, connecting people with medical services they need.
Students also learn about community health, develop quantitative skills, and gain hands-on experience through an internship. As students near graduation, they can build a network with local professionals in their field and rely on job placement assistance through their program. Graduates with a healthcare services degree may be employed in health education, human services, or medical settings. In these fields, graduates can promote wellness for both individual and communities in need. Many of these fields are in demand and offer lucrative opportunities for professionals with a bachelor's degree. The degree also well prepares students to pursue an MSW in the areas of Medical Social Work and Health & Aging.
B.A. in Healthcare Services major Learning Outcomes:
After completing this program, students will be able to:
- Recognize and identify the complex historical, social and economic contexts within which healthcare services are offered and decisions are made.
- Critically analyze and synthesize information related to evidence-based health care research around assessment, prevention, intervention, planning, policies, and evaluation.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication across diverse client populations and within different health care delivery systems.
- Develop a professional identity possessing self-awareness, sound judgment, the ability to integrate supervisory feedback, and a commitment to ongoing learning.
- Advocate for and advance social justice for clients and communities in accessing health care resources, and create innovative solutions in complex social contexts.
- Engage with diverse populations from positions of cultural humility and respect for identity, embracing a commitment to culturally competent and responsive services;
- Demonstrate ethical decision making within the health care field.