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Health Services

This specialization equips students with a range of skills necessary for careers in the health care industry, with an emphasis on preparing students for roles within the health care workforce of tomorrow that do not involve direct hand washingpatient care. Graduates will:

  1. possess foundational knowledge of human health and disease;
  2. gain an awareness and appreciation of how the current health systems serve those in need;
  3. understand economic principles and forces that influence the efficiency of health care service delivery and administration; and
  4. be capable of effectively communicating within organizations and with other stakeholders, orally and in written form.

Course Options

For the Health Services specialization, students must select a minimum of 18-24 credits (6 courses) from the list below. At least 4 courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Courses selected must be from at least three different disciplines/departments.

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
BPS 201 (3 cr) How Drugs Work
BPS 202 (3 cr) Maintaining Health in Age of Chemicals

BUS 341 (3 cr) Organizational Behavior
BUS 342 (3 cr) Human Resources Management

Communication Studies
COM 351 (3 cr) Organizational Communication Skills
COM 361 (3 cr) Intercultural Communication
COM 402 (3 cr) Leadership and Motivation
COM 450 (3 cr) Organizational Communication Theory
COM 461 (3 cr) Managing Cultural Differences in Organizations

ECN 201 (3 cr) Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
ECN 360 (3 cr) Health Economics

Health Services Administration
HSA 360 (3 cr) Health Services Administration

PSY 255 (3 cr) Health Psychology

SOC 224 (3 cr) Health, Illness and Medical Care

WRT 306 (3 cr) Writing Health and Disability


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

advising information

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Or contact the Academic Advisor:

Stephanie Champlin
Phone: (401) 874-2470



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