General/Allied Health Sciences
Types of Degrees General/Allied Health Sciences Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many general health services/allied health/health sciences graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What General/Allied Health Sciences Majors Need to Know
In an O*NET survey, health studies majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.
Knowledge Areas for Health Studies Majors
Health Studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
- Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Skills for Health Studies Majors
A major in health studies prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in General/Allied Health Sciences?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health studies majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||877|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,144|
Health Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 1.8% of those with this major are international students.
Online General/Allied Health Sciences Programs
In the 2019-2020 academic year, 632 schools offered some type of general health services/allied health/health sciences program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||0||0|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||46||5|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||1||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||11||2|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||3||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||2||1|
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Trades Related to General/Allied Health Sciences
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health studies.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|General Health & Wellness||5,006|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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