Health Studies

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A health major without the clinic.

If you want to make a positive impact on the future of health care, but you don’t want to become a doctor or nurse, our innovative Health Studies major may be just the thing for you. It’s designed for non-clinical careers in global and environmental health, health education and promotion, and health services management. This interdisciplinary degree program will prepare you for a range of such careers as patient education and worksite wellness, healthcare policy and government, pharmaceutical sales, healthcare marketing and public relations, and much more.

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Health: A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

– World Health Organization

Why Health Studies at URI?

Health Studies is one of the most interdisciplinary majors you’ll find at URI. You’ll be able to take courses from a broad spectrum of departments including business, communication, health, history, human development, kinesiology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, sociology, and more, depending on your area of interest.

As a health studies major you’ll have three specializations to choose from: global and environmental health; health promotion; or health services. Within each track there are several potential career paths, all in rapidly growing fields. Whichever specialization you choose, there will be plenty of options available to you when you graduate.

At URI we make it easy to combine degrees across disciplines, and still finish in four years. You can double major with any other degree program, or minor in disciplines such as gerontology, hunger studies, leadership, sustainability, and women’s studies, just to name a few. Fact is, Health Studies goes well with just about anything.

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