Population Health, BS

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Population health is an emerging field built on the premise that optimizing health requires a blending of both public health and health care delivery, two educational domains central to CHS. Population health jobs have increased by 86% in two years.

Improving the health of populations requires an understanding of complex systems that impact health. The BS program in population health integrates the fields of public health and health care delivery to teach students about these complex factors. Students in this program benefit as the emerging field of population health requires training in an array of disciplines already fundamental to the College of Health Solutions, including biomedical informatics, economics, social determinants of health, program and community assessment, program planning and evaluation, health care delivery, and health policy. Students learn how social determinants, access to care, decision-making, policy and infrastructure influence the health of defined groups, as well as the roles of various stakeholders (e.g., health care organizations, governments, businesses, non-profits, etc.) and how to work across systems to improve health.

This program capitalizes on its multidisciplinary approach that features experiential learning, including student engagement as citizen scientists, to better understand the complex factors impacting population health

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Population Health, BS

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Career outlook

Multiple career opportunities exist for students majoring in population health, depending on the specific areas of expertise that students develop via core training in population health and the specific track that the student pursues. Students who pursue the biomedical information track, for example, will be most qualified for positions that require working with a variety of datasets, while students who choose the health education specialist track will be trained to work at the interface of health care and public health.

Specific job titles that currently exist for those trained in population health include:

  • Health Care Data Analyst
  • Population Health Analyst --- Population Health
  • Population Health Community Health Worker
  • Population Health Coordinator
  • Population Health Practice Liaison - Population Outreach
  • Population Health Specialist
  • Program Coordinator

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 11.7%$37,220
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 19.7%$41,800
Information Technology Project Managers9.3%$88,510
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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