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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete the following core curriculum (120 credits):

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  • 40 credits of General Education Requirements: WRT 104 105 or 106; COM 100; BIO 106; CHM 100 or 103; PSY 113; PHL 101; and MTH 107, 108, 131, 141.
  • 28 credits of core courses including KIN 123; KIN/BIO 122; HLT 200; PHL 314; PHP 405; HLT 450; STA 307 or PSY 300; and COM 202, 208, 210, or 251.
  • 18-24 credits (6 courses) from one of the following specializations: global and environmental health; health promotion; or health services
  • 25-31 credits of free electives

Curriculum Sheets


2015-2016 Health Studies Curriculum Sheet (PDF)


2013-2014 Health Studies Curriculum Sheet (PDF)


2011-2013 Health Studies Curriculum Sheet (PDF)

See Learning Outcomes for Health Studies Majors


Students must select a minimum of 18-24 credits (6 courses) from one of the following specialization areas. At least 4 courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Courses selected must be from at least three different disciplines/departments.

Minor and Certificate Programs and Areas of Study

Students are encouraged to use free elective credits to complete an internship in a career related setting. These credits can also be used toward a certificate programs or minor areas of study, or to take additional courses related to their area of interest. Some examples include:

  • Worksite Health Promotion
  • Population/Agency Health promotion
  • Communications/Media/Activism
  • Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
  • Gerontology Minor
  • Hunger Studies Minor
  • Leadership Minor
  • Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate
  • International Development Minor
  • International Relations Minor
  • Asian Studies Minor
  • Sustainability Minor


Join Rhode Island Public Health Association (RI PHA)

Health Studies is an institution member of the Roide Island Public Health Association (RI PHA), which allows Health Studies majors to become student members for $10/year.

RIPHA is a professional organization that works toward the advancement of public health. The vision of RIPHA is a safe and healthier Rhode Island and the mission of RIPHA is to influence public health policy and promote public health practice in Rhode Island. RIPHA brings together professionals in a unique, multi-disciplinary environment for idea exchange, study, and action

For more information

URI Announces New Major


New Health Studies major is unique to public Higher Education in New England

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Questions about the Health Studies major?

Visit our Advising FAQ page

Or contact the Academic Advisor:

Stephanie Champlin
Phone: (401) 874-2470



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