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Option 2 Community Health, Bachelor of Science Degree
Today's health professionals face a wealth of challenges. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes, as well as bioterrorism, drug-resistant disease and transmission of disease by global travel pose tremendous health risks. Students preparing to enter the health care field require state-of-the-art training to meet these increasing threats to the public.
The health studies baccalaureate allows students to select from one of two major option areas: pre-physical therapy/pre-occupational therapy or community health.
The community health program prepares students to specialize in the prevention of disease and promotion of appropriate wellness lifestyles. With this program, students will develop skills needed to:
- Educate the public on the importance of clean water and air;
- Guide the proper vaccination of children and adults;
- Encourage safe and appropriate use of prescription drugs;
- Protect the health and safety of all workers;
- Conduct campaigns and education programs to reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases;
- Develop school and community nutrition programs
- Conduct research on processes and aging diseases, such as Alzheimer's, dementia or osteoporosis;
- Analyze issues related to older persons, such as retirement, income maintenance, the health care system and housing alternatives;
- Plan, administer and evaluate community-based services and service delivery systems.
- Prepare for careers in health policy and/or research
Pre-Physical Therapy / Pre-Occupational Therapy
Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2009 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations. The long-term demand for physical therapists should continue to rise as new treatments and techniques expand the scope of physical therapy practices. In this area, students will gain the training to be accepted into professional education programs in physical therapy or occupational therapy.
Newly Renovated Facility
The health studies program is housed in the new, state-of-theart Morrow-Garrison complex. The facility features comfortable classrooms and modern labs, along with well-equipped rehabilitation and training rooms.
Upon graduating from the health studies program, students will be prepared for a variety of careers focusing on health, nutrition and wellness. Some career opportunities include: health administrator, health researcher, health insurance caseworker, epidemiologist, public health scientist/analyst, and many more. The health studies program will also prepare students for graduate or professional training in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician's assisting, medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, chiropractic medicine, research and more.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
UCM's Student Financial Services Office offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships each year to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents, or potential in a specific field of study. The primary mission of the office is to help students and their families identify and apply for appropriate financial resources to help pay the educational and living expenses they'll incur to attend UCM. Student Financial Services may be reached at 660-543-8266 or visit their website at ucmo.edu/sfs.
To Learn More
Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology