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General Studies: Concentration Health

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Why study General Studies: Concentration Health at APSU?

If you are a student with an earned associate's degree or have earned college credits with an interest to improve the general well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities, then this option can be designed to meet your career goals. It is more broadly based, drawing from a number of disciplines, to gain knowledge that promotes a basic understanding of public health, health care, and issues facing the health professions. Introductory principles of the health sciences will be explored.


What will I learn?

Students will achieve the generalist's understanding of the varying factors affecting the basic physical and emotional well-being of people. Issues related to the health professions will be explored. Experienced advisors assist students to design an individualized degree plan that meets their career and/or graduate school goals. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do General Studies: Concentration Health Majors Do After Graduation?

If you are interested in a career working with diverse populations, then this major can be used for entry-level positions that do not require specialized training. Positions may include working in health departments, hospitals, educational settings, and other health-related organizations. In addition, the degree is an appropriate stepping-stone for students seeking additional preparation at the graduate-school level.

  • Home Health Aid
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Patient Advocate
  • Health Information Technician
  • Caregiver
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Graduate School
  • Resident Assistant
  • Support Specialist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Public Health Advocate