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Why Health Studies at URI?

The Health Studies Major is the first of its kind at URI - an innovative program designed to prepare students for non-clinical careers in public health, health education and promotion, health services management, and health-related research in hospitals, for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, and community health agencies.

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As a Health Studies major you will:

  • Receive a strong foundation in the core subjects of health, epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, and interdisciplinary health studies.
  • Choose from one of three tracks: 1) global and environmental health; 2) health promotion; or 3) health services
  • Select courses from a spectrum of departments including anthropology, business, communication, health, history, human development, kinesiology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, and sociology.
  • Have the option to combine your degree with minors such as gerontology, hunger studies, leadership, sustainability, or women’s studies

What kind of job will you be able to get when you graduate?

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, our graduates will enjoy employment in a wide variety of areas such as public health, health policy, and community-based health care delivery. Click here for a list of specific jobs.


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

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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