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Health Studies - BS

In Health Studies, you have the opportunity to fill your health professional tool kit with a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification, communication and research skills, and domestic or international work experience. With these tools, you are prepared for a health profession or graduate program.

We encourage students to focus on three areas: academics, experience, and professional skills.

  • Academics: See new relevant course options in Program of Study, Four-Year Plan and the Approved Electives to focus on a career direction.
  • Experience: Begin exploring career options by volunteering or working in the health-related area you find interesting.
  • Professional skills: Develop your skills by studying abroad, attending/presenting at a professional conference, participating in a research study and becoming a certified health educator specialist.

4 Year Plan                  Approved Electives



Madilyn Hackett standing with Carol Graham at the Spring 2019 New Beginnings Women Center annual banquet

Madilyn Hackett (UCM Health Studies major) spoke at the Spring 2019 New Beginnings Women's Center annual banquet.

Madilyn Hackett is with Carol Graham at the Spring 2019 New Beginnings Women's Center annual banquet. When Madilyn interviewed for a summer internship, she told her story of why she want to serve as an intern at New Beginnings. The story was so compelling that Carol and Patti White (Director) asked Madilyn to share her story at the banquet this past April.

Dana Hall, Internship Site Supervisor for Henry County Health Department, and Francine McRae (HS graduate) spoke to the spring Introduction to Health course about finding an internship and internship expectations.

Guest Speakers in Introduction to Health Course

Health Studies students experienced a guest lecture provided by Dana Hall (Internship Site Supervisor for Henry County Health Department) and Francine McRae (Health Studies graduate) in the Introduction to Health course

vanessa barrientos at graduation

Health Studies Students Graduating

Vanessa Barrientos is one example of many Health Studies students graduating each year!


 As a Health Studies major, don’t wait until you graduate to prepare for your career. Start now!

Flow chart identifying the academics, experience, and professional opportunities a HS student should consider


Interns will have a wide variety of responsibilities and opportunities! To know more details about internships, join the Health Studies group in Blackboard under My Community.  The Blackboard Health Studies group serves as a communication site which includes internship details, club information, job listings, and scholarships. Interns will have a wide variety of responsibilities and opportunities! 


More Information

Example Internship Facilities


  • Public Health agencies
  • Hospitals (Western Missouri Medical Center, St. Luke’s, Children's Mercy)
  • Corporations (Cerner, General Motors, Harley Davidson)
  • Insurance Agencies (CBIZ, Cigna, Humana)
  • Not for Profit Organizations (AHA, ACS)
  • Government Agencies (CDC, NIH, city governments)
  • Health Organizations (SOPHE, APHA)
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Clinics (Chiropractic, Integrated Health)
  • Senior Centers


“The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists 2015. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.”

“Promote physical activity from the playground to policy-makers by becoming an ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). In collaboration with ACSM and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) – learn how to make your voice heard for the advancement of your community on the way to building partnerships, developing initiatives, and advocating for programming that centers on physical activity as a path to stronger public health.”

 ”Wellcoaches founded the first coaching school for health and wellness professionals in 2002, in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine, and published the first coaching textbook in health and wellness. Since then, Wellcoaches has defined the cutting edge and the gold standard for high impact, evidence-based, and innovative education, training, and certification. We provide the tools and skills to become game-changing professionals in corporate, healthcare, military and consumer well-being. We have trained more than 10,000 coaches in nearly 50 countries and now train 1,200 coaches per year.”

Job/Graduate School Opportunities


  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Independent Living Specialist
  • Infection Control Specialist
  • Lobbyist/Health Care Advocate
  • Social Services Case Manager
  • Substance Abuse Coach 
  • Public Health Educator (Public Health agencies)
  • Epidemiologist
  • Wellness Coordinator (schools)
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, etc.)


  • Health/Well-being Benefits Manager
  • Health Coach
  • Population Health Specialist (Humana)
  • Wellness Coordinators/Directors (Cerner, CBiz)
  • Human Resources Benefits Specialist – Health/Well-being
  • Health Administration


  • Epidemiologist
  • Wellness Coordinator (hospitals, clinics)
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Integrated Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Clinics (health promotion/well-being)

Graduate School

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Management
  • Global Health
  • Business Administration
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health

Many graduate programs require students to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). More information about the test can be found at The Learning Commons at JCK Library 3160 has a Test Preparation Center to assist students.


Career Services


Students are encouraged to visit with Career Services at UCM (WDE 1200, Email: when preparing for graduation. From resume writing, practice interviews, and job applications, they are prepared to help students plan and prepare for their departure from UCM. Even students wishing to attend graduate school would benefit from their service.



Health Studies Students Participating in Graduation Ceremonies Collage of students graduating in regalia


Professional Organizations






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