Population Health, BS

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Develop knowledge and skills in an emerging field that optimizes health using an understanding of the complex systems of public health and health care delivery --- two educational domains central to ASU's College of Health Solutions.

In the BS in population health program, students learn how social determinants of health, access to care, and infrastructure influence the health of defined groups. They also gain understanding of how community and professional stakeholders work across systems to improve health.

The multidisciplinary program features many modes of learning to enable and empower students. One is experiential learning, including student engagement as citizen scientists, to better understand population health. The program provides training in biomedical informatics, economics, social determinants of health, program and community assessment, program planning and health care delivery. This education leaves graduates well equipped to enter a growing field.

In the program, students can choose a track tailored to their professional interests. This allows them to customize their learning by focusing on health care compliance, health education, environmental systems, health systems design and improvement, or health informatics.

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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 areas of expertise that students develop via core training in population health and the 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 community health worker
  • population health coordinator
  • population health practice liaison for population outreach
  • population health specialist
  • program coordinator
  • population health research assistant

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 16.8%$35,960
Health Education Specialists 11.4%$56,500
Community Health Workers 15.2%$42,000
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 6.9%$39,530
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
Medical and Health Services Managers 31.5%$104,280
Social and Community Service Managers 17%$69,600

* 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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