Online Bachelor’s in General Studies with Healthcare Concentration Curriculum

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General studies courses prepare students for a wide variety of careers while enabling them to identify their particular interests. This degree program offers an advantage for students who have not yet decided on a major or career path in the healthcare industry. It provides students with the opportunity to explore career options prior to choosing a more specialized program at the graduate level.

An online bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in healthcare can build a skill set and expertise that increases a student’s access to opportunities in the field of healthcare. Students can learn professional communication techniques, and develop knowledge of healthcare management, mental health, and ethical issues.

Maryville University Online General Studies Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Arts in General Studies with a Concentration in Healthcare program at Maryville University aims to prepare students interested in pursuing healthcare related careers that are non-clinically focused as well as students interested in pursuing graduate-level degrees. Maryville’s curriculum focuses on building a substantial foundation in healthcare in which students complete courses across the breadth of healthcare in topics such as healthcare foundations, systems, cultural diversity, ethics, public health, informatics and communications. The program also offers the opportunity to explore professional areas such as gerontology and mental health, depending on a student’s interests.

The 128-credit curriculum includes general education courses (30 credits), health science (general healthcare) core courses (20 credits), healthcare concentration courses (30 credits), professional exploration courses (18 credits) and general electives (30 credits).

Learn more about Maryville’s General Studies course offerings here:

Health Science Core (General Healthcare)

BIOL 101Human Anatomy and Physiology I4 Credits
BIOL 102Human Anatomy and Physiology II4 Credits
SOSC 341Understanding Statistical Inference3 Credits
PSYC 254Human Development through the Lifespan3 Credits
HEPR 430Genetics for Health Care Professionals3 Credits
SCI 131Nutrition3 Credits

Healthcare Concentration

HCPM 100Introduction to Healthcare Industry and Management3 Credits
HEPR 109Healthcare Terminology3 Credits
HCPM 210Professionalism & Communications in the Healthcare Setting3 Credits
HCPM 360Software & Technology in Healthcare3 Credits
HEPR 300Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness3 Credits
HEPR 355Counseling Skills for Healthcare Professionals3 Credits
HEPR 400Health Care Ethics3 Credits
HCPM 460Public Health3 Credits
HEPR 470Healthcare Policy
HEPR 495Healthcare Capstone3 Credits

Professional Exploration - Option 1 (Gerontology)

Comprised of 6 courses, below.

SRLM 150Introduction to Gerontology3 Credits
HEPR 197Aging and Physiological Adaptation3 Credits
SRLM 242Alzheimer's and Dementia Care3 Credits
SRLM 340Politics and Policy of Care of the Aging3 Credits
HEPR 298Pharmacological and the Elderly3 Credits
HEPR 299Exercise & Rehabilitation in the Aged3 Credits

Professional Exploration - Option 2 (Mental Health)

Choose 6 courses, from the below options. Note, PSYC 101 must be completed for this exploration to satisfy the prerequisite requirement.

REHB 105Individual and Society: Perspectives of Disability3 Credits
REHB 220Medical Aspects of Disability3 Credits
PSYC/HEPR 228Introduction to Positive Psychology3 Credits
PSYC 310Psychology of Stress & Health3 Credits
PSYC 321Abnormal Psychology3 Credits
PSYC 328Mental Illness and Society3 Credits
PSYC 330Human Sexuality3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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Skills, Concepts, or Opportunities Gained With a Bachelor’s in General Studies: Healthcare Concentration

General studies courses focused on healthcare can give students an understanding of the intricacies of the complex industry while they develop an appreciation of the following:

  • Communication in a healthcare setting. Communication is one of the most important skills for providing good patient care. Poor communication can lead to misdiagnosis, deterioration of a patient’s condition, and reduced patient satisfaction. While communication between patient and healthcare professional is critical, effective peer-to-peer communication among healthcare professionals is just as important.
  • Psychology of stress. In psychology, stress is a feeling of pressure and strain. In the context of healthcare, it can lead to depression and increased physical harm. Stress can also increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
  • Specialized elderly care. Students can gain an appreciation of the specialized care required to meet the needs of the elderly in various settings. Courses may impart knowledge of specialized nursing care, hospice care, day care, home care, and assisted living.
  • Fundamentals of counseling. Courses in counseling can give students an understanding of the role of a counselor in healthcare. Students may also gain knowledge of social, cultural, and discrimination issues that have an impact on counseling.
  • Mental illness in modern society. The stresses of modern society have led to the development of several mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and thoughts of suicide. Students may gain knowledge of how these mental illnesses can affect a patient’s physical health.

Common General Studies Courses

These are some of the common courses for a general studies curriculum with a healthcare concentration:

Professionalism and Communications in the Healthcare Setting: This course outlines the professional standards expected in healthcare management. It covers the impact of social media while teaching students how to communicate effectively with patients and their families. Students may also gain an understanding of collaborative problem-solving and cultural sensitivity.

Counseling: Students can gain knowledge of the key concepts behind counseling and learn counseling techniques. The role of therapists and clinicians is covered while addressing the cultural, legal, and ethical issues facing counselors.

Mental Illness and Society: This course addresses mental illness and its impact on various institutions of society, including occupational, educational, and criminal justice institutions. The goal of this course is to teach students how to appraise mental illness and educate them on effective philosophies and methodologies to correct problems related to mental illness in society.

Psychology of Stress and Health: Students may gain an understanding of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that promote health and prevent illness. This course covers the theories, principles, and methods used for stress management.

Issues of Aging: This course explores the social issues associated with aging and their effect on the elderly. Students can learn about societal and cultural viewpoints around these issues, as well as the resources available to the elderly to solve problems.