About This Program
You’re interested in health and how to live well. You’re patient, compassionate, and motivated. You want a career that involves helping others lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Health studies may be the major for you.
Why Utica College
The health studies major at Utica College provides foundational learning for students who desire to enter any of a number of different health and health-related professions. It is a strong undergraduate prelude to graduate study in physical and occupational therapy.
Taught by an accomplished faculty, the major in health studies offers a solid grounding for professional accomplishment and more specialized study, following a highly interdisciplinary approach to human health that encompasses everything from anatomy to anthropology to statistics and more.
Health Studies at Utica
"I discovered how to really believe in myself and the abilities that I have. "
- Health Administration
- Exercise Physiology
- Athletic Training
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- And more!
What You'll Learn
Students work with a variety of health sciences-related learning resources across campus, including the state-of-the-art laboratories in F. Eugene Romano Hall. They also engage in a very broad selection of community-based real-world learning experiences. Majors include students planning graduate work in a health or health- related field, students who plan to seek employment in the health care field upon graduation, and students interested in exploring health issues in the context of a liberal arts background.
Making it Happen
A Degree That Works
Health studies majors develop the foundational knowledge that will enable them to succeed, with more specialized professional training, in a range of health-related professions, including health administration, exercise physiology, athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other fields. UC health studies alumni have taken leadership positions at:
- The Heckscher Foundation for Children
- CI Investments
- New York Downtown Hospital
- Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare
- New England Rehabilitation Hospital
Student Voices: Melanie Carlson '17
Utica College's 2017 Valedictorian Melanie Carlson talks about her experience in Utica College's 3+2 Occupational Therapy masters program.
Tools of the Trade
Students work with a variety of health sciences-related learning resources across, campus, including the state-of-the-art laboratories in F. Eugene Romano Hall.
Student Voices: Samuel Bonk
A brief visit with Health Studies major Samuel Bonk about how he discovered Utica College, what he likes about his program, and where he plans to take his career after graduation.
Student Voices: LaShanna Saunders
A brief conversation with health studies major LaShanna Saunders about her professors, her program, and her plans for the future.
UC's Health Studies department offers students a variety of volunteer community experiential learning opportunities that they can begin taking advantage of in their freshman year, and can partake in throughout their tenure at Utica College.LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Student Voices: Christine Carpenter
A conversation with Health Studies / Physical Therapy student Christine Carpenter about her experience at Utica College.
Student Voices: Cassandra Dychton
Occupational therapy major Cassandra Dychton discusses what she feels makes the UC faculty outstanding and how her field work in the Domenican Republic helped solidified her career choices and her confidence in herself.
Student Voices: Tessa Lamper
Occupational Therapy major Tessa Lamper discusses how she found Utica College to have something for everyone and, though reserved in high school, found the warm environment and people of UC helped bring her out of her shell.
Student Voices: Dan Kemp
Physical therapy major Dan Kemp briefly talks about how the 3+3 program allowed him to study Health Studies in three years as an undergrad and concentrate on Physical Therapy for three years of graduate work.
Assisting students and potential students in identifying and focusing on achievable career options within each major of Health Professions and Education.LEARN MORE