Health Care Studies & Public Health
The healthcare industry is a rapidly growing employment sector with many specialty areas. Select from our three distinct Health Care Studies tracks to customize your education and focus on topics of personal interest.
Career Outlook: Healthcare Industry
The healthcare industry employs a wide range of skilled professionals. There are opportunities for those interested in frontline care work — such as nurses and physical therapists — and a strong demand for technical specialists, public health experts, and administrators. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 16% growth in healthcare careers by 2030, and since healthcare facilities are a major employer in upstate New York, many of the industry's job opportunities are available regionally.
Explore a Variety of Healthcare Careers
The first year seminar course, Career Opportunities in Health Care, lets you explore many healthcare professions so you can make an informed choice about your future. The three program tracks below share a common set of classes that introduce the fundamentals of the field and then dive deeper into a given specialty area — which allows you to personalize your healthcare studies education.
"If healthcare is what you want to do, this program can help you decide what career you want to pursue — whether you want to be a nurse, anesthesiologist, doctor, or surgeon. It gives you information on everything in healthcare, which is really helpful because there are so many career paths."
— Emily Bator, '21
Health Care Studies Programs
A.S. Health Care Studies: Healthcare Track
Gain the knowledge and skills to enter a nursing program while learning about a wider range of healthcare career options. This track covers core healthcare topics and helps you earn credits toward our Nursing degree. Prepare to work in frontline healthcare careers and learn how to engage directly with patients.
A.S. Health Care Studies: Health Science Track
Acquire the foundational skills you need to pursue an in-demand technical occupation in respiratory therapy, radiology, cardiovascular perfusion, medical imaging, and more. With this degree, you can transfer into a four-year healthcare technician program and become a specialist in your field.
A.S. Health Care Studies: Public Health Management Track
Learn how to educate the public about important health concerns. Transfer to a four-year public health program of your choice and prepare for a career developing community health programs that will improve local wellness.