What Is It Like to Study Health Science at UoPeople?


If you’re interested in a profession within the health field, earning a degree in health science is the first step. Here’s a look at what it’s like at UoPeople.


Studying health science opens the door to many job opportunities in various fields like research, insurance, or within the medical field itself. Naturally, a degree in Health Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to lead a career that will undoubtedly help others. Additionally, the field provides solid job prospects, promotes flexibility, offers lucrative salaries, and allows for one to continue pursuing graduate studies if that is of interest.



Why Study Health Science at UoPeople


Founded in 2009 by President Shai Reshef, the University of the People fulfills its mission to offer accessible, affordable, and quality education to anyone around the world. As a completely online university, one of the biggest benefits of studying Health Science at UoPeople is the program’s flexibility. With nothing more than an internet connection, students can log on and start learning by participating in peer discussion forums and steadily advancing their way through the curriculum to earn their Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Health Science.


Within the Health Science department, the program has three main goals, which are to:

  1. Provide an understanding of the biological and social causes of health and illness
  2. Cover the knowledge and skills to perform effectively within the context of disease prevention and for the promotion of health
  3. Develop an understanding of the role of policy, ethics, and resources in managing disease prevention and the delivery of health services


Upon graduating with a degree in Health Science from UoPeople, students will be well-prepared to enter into the health science field to provide a positive impact.



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Easy Admissions Process


While many traditional universities require passing a threshold for entry-level exams and have a minimum GPA requirement along with an intensive application process of interviews and personal essays, UoPeople sees education as a fundamental human right. For this reason, the admissions process begins with a simple application and only requires that students be 16 years or older, can demonstrate high school completion, and are proficient in English so that they can understand the coursework.

Degree Types


Prospective students have the choice between earning an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. While the two degrees do share some overlap in the curriculum, there are some differences. Here’s an overview of each and a look at how to prepare for the coursework:



1. Associate Degree

  • Students can earn their Associate degree by completing about 20 courses in the field
  • Associate’s degrees do not require the completion of the entire health science curriculum but will provide students with the basic knowledge and tools for career advancement as they earn their degree
  • The program is interdisciplinary and draws on knowledge from biology, healthcare system models, public health, disease prevention, nutrition, and more



2. Bachelor’s Degree

  • Students must complete at least 122-semester credits
  • This includes general education and course requirements for the major
  • Students must earn a GPA of at least 2.00 in all coursework
  • Students must complete all Bachelor’s degree requirements in at least 50 terms of active enrollment
  • UoPeople’s academic year spans five terms of ten weeks each
  • Students must complete 11 required proctored exams
  • Major courses include:
    • Biology 1 for Health Studies Majors
    • Introduction to Human Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
    • Biology 2 for Health Studies Majors
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Nutrition
    • Community and Public Health 1 and 2
    • Epidemiology
    • Human Development in a Global Perspective
    • Internship
    • Genetics
    • Psychotherapy and Mental Health
    • Biostatistics
    • Health Policy and Management


Optionally, students can choose to take elective courses outside of their General Education and major courses that are not required for the degree.


In general, the degree requires about 15-20 hours per course a week to get the most out of the education. Since everything is online, flexibility means that you can continue working or attending to any pre-existing responsibilities while advancing in your education, and, in turn, your career. The university also offers some potential certificate programs in health science that can initiate one in the field and also alternatively work as an additional qualification.



Degree Cost

Since UoPeople is an entirely online university that relies on instructors and course facilitators from notable institutions worldwide who dedicate their time as volunteers, the program’s fees are relatively less expensive than traditional alternatives. Rather than costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, the degree is tuition-free and students are only required to pay for the non-refundable application fee ($60) and course assessment fees ($100 per exam). For example, this means that the total estimated cost for an Associate degree is about $2,460. For those unable to afford these costs there are many scholarships available. UoPeople’s mission is to not turn anyone away who is unable to afford their education.


Although the application fee is non-refundable, should a student wish to terminate the agreement and stop studying with UoPeople, the course assessment fee won’t be required as long as they cancel by the required deadline.



Style of Education

UoPeople believes in and relies strongly on a pedagogical model of learning. This means that the students who join the classes from all around the world work together to learn. Overseen by a course facilitator, students interact in group forum discussions and even grade one another’s work, given guidelines for how to do so. Students from over 200 countries and territories are enrolled at UoPeople which makes for a diverse student body that brings with it global perspectives to shed light on education in new ways.


The small class sizes foster a digital environment where students can really get to know one another and course facilitators can do the same. Along with the high quality of student and course instructor interaction, each student has their own program advisor that is with them along their entire journey of studying with UoPeople to answer any questions that may arise.



Academic Leadership

Led by Dean Dr. Dalton Conley, the Health Science Advisory Board consists of professional and academic experts from around the world who come together to design a curriculum that is geared towards equipping students with the relevant knowledge to succeed in the workplace.


Dr. Conley holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Additionally, he has a M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in Biology from New York University. Along with his extensive and impressive degrees from some of the best universities in the country, he’s been a professor and faculty member at NYU and an Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.



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Job Outlook

With a degree in Health Science, the career options are extensive. People with the degree have gone on to enter the field in various positions, including, but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Registered Health Information Technician
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant


Since Health Science is the application of science to health, the range of jobs is inherently broad. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, jobs within the field have a healthy and growing outlook.



Additional Resources


If you feel as though a degree in Health Science may be the right fit for you, there are plenty of resources to learn more about the degree and particularly about how UoPeople can help you achieve your academic goals. From the UoPeople website to webinars about health science, the information is at your fingertips to get started today!


If earning a Health Science degree at UoPeople sounds like a great fit for you, apply today by completing this quick application.




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