Why an Associate Degree?
An associate degree is an American university degree consisting of roughly 20 courses in a chosen field of study, which is typically completed in two years. Many students at American universities choose to begin their academic career with an associate degree for a number of reasons:
(1) After completing an associate degree, there almost no formalities involved with continuing one’s studies toward a bachelor’s degree
(2) Obtaining an associate degree gives students a tool for career-advancement while still studying, as well as an advantage in searching for a job
(3) Research shows that dividing one’s goals into shorter, more manageable tasks greatly increases an individual’s ability to achieve defined goals
(4) The majority of UoPeople’s scholarship funds are allocated to students working for an associate degree.
Associate of Science in Health Science
The Associate of Science in Health Science – Community and Public Health Track provides an understanding of the social and biological causes of health and illness. The program is built on a strong liberal arts foundation that provides a broad understanding of community and public health theories and models and their application to real-world situations. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively within the context of disease prevention and the promotion of health, both with individual patients and communities alike.
This program takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing knowledge from areas of study such as biology, healthcare, public health, and bioethics. Students will learn about different models of healthcare systems and how they operate, as well as studying about disease prevention, community health, nutrition and mental health. Students of this program will graduate prepared for further study in the field of health science and ready to begin meaningful careers in community outreach and organizing, education, and healthcare.
Each student will be connected with a personal Program Advisor at the commencement of their studies, who will remain with them until graduation. The student's personal Program Advisor acts as his/her support system throughout their studies. The personal Program Advisor will be happy to answer any questions the student may have, offer academic advice, discuss course selection, and offer encouragement throughout the student's studies.