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4,501 Associates's Degrees Annually
13,223 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#10 in Popularity (Associate's)

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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 13,223
Associate’s Degree 4,501
Basic Certificate 1,247
Undergraduate Certificate 1,078

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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to health studies:

  • 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?

4,501 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
54% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health studies majors is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 318
Black or African American 681
Hispanic or Latino 1,116
White 1,830
International Students 79
Other Races/Ethnicities 477

Geographic Diversity

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 2018-2019 academic year, 555 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) 75 11
Certificate (1-2 years) 37 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 198 25
Bachelor’s Degree 14 6
Post-Baccalaureate 75 11
Master’s Degree 37 13
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 12 6
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 2 1

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health studies.

Major Number of Grads
General Health & Wellness 4,373


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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