Health & Healthcare

The field of Community Health is growing and becoming more prominent as a field of study, research, and employment.

At UC, you can.

The Health and Healthcare programs focus on the critical social and economic systems that health intersects with and its impact on communities through policy and practice. Such intersections include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing
  • Public safety
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Employment and Economics.

image of group discussing issues central to a public health degree through RWU's Health and Healthcare program. RWU’s public health and healthcare degree programs, including a bachelors in healthcare administration and healthy communities, and certificates in gerontology, case management, health services and nursing home administration, focus on the critical social and economic systems that health intersects with and its impact on communities, through policy and practice.

How You'll Do It

Local, state and national, private and public health institutions focused on education and policy development are aligning efforts in social and economic health reform by focusing on these critical health-related intersections. Such initiatives are being addressed as efforts to promote equity in “population health” or “whole-body health,” and many states, including Rhode Island, are working towards a “health in all policies” state-wide approach to public policy.

All of these efforts align with the field of overall health in public and private sectors, making students more attractive to potential employers while providing them with a robust, community-oriented educational experience.

Program Options

Associate of Arts in Health Care Administration

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Associate of Arts degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within the University College.

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Associate of Science in Healthy Communities

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Associate of Science degrees are eligible to students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program within University College.

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Bachelor of General Studies in Healthcare Administration

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This program is designed for current health care administration or public health professionals seeking advancement or those seeking to start a career in these fields.

The Healthcare Administration concentration is a hands-on course that will prepare you to apply business concepts appropriately in a healthcare setting and use current federal and state health policies to analyze various healthcare issues, which will give you a leg up on other professionals. You'll also learn to apply basic economic concepts and tools to support analysis and decision-making, adding to your efficiency.

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Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities

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The Bachelor of Science in Healthy Communities program prepares students for careers in community-based health in nonprofit organizations, public and private healthcare institutions as well as careers in healthcare policy and administration.

The Healthy Communities program focuses on the critical social and economic systems that health intersects with and their impacts on communities through policy and practice.

The degree in Healthy Communities prepares students with a foundation in community and social health-related history, theory and practice in fields of healthcare administration, public health, community development, public administration and strategic communications. Students have the option to further specialize in one of three concentrations: Case Management, Gerontology or Health Service Administration.

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Certificate in Case Management

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This program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to the provision of case management services in a variety of health care settings. The program is designed for individuals who are employed in the field of case management and who are in the process of obtaining certification in case management.

The required courses prepare you to sit for certification examinations. In this program you may matriculate into the Social and Health Services program if you wish to apply these courses toward the Bachelor of General Studies.

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Certificate in Gerontology

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This program is practice-orientated, preparing students for work in the field or credentialing students who are already working within the field.

Students draw from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in the programming and care of elder individuals. Many students are able to complete this certificate as part of their elective courses within the degree program allowing them to graduate with a concentrated degree as well as a certificate.

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Certificate in Health Services Administration

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Designed for adults working (or seeking to work) in health services, public health, health education, or health care administration fields, in either the private sector or the public sector (federal, state, or local government or non-profit organizations) who need to upgrade skills or attain additional credentials. A baccalaureate degree is not required and prospective students may pursue the certificate alone or both the certificate and the Bachelor of General Studies degree in Healthcare.

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Certificate in Nursing Home Administration

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Students draw from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in the programming and care of elder individuals. Many students are able to complete this certificate as part of their elective courses within the degree program allowing them to graduate with a concentrated degree as well as a certificate.

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Some employment opportunities and approximate salaries for graduates with a degree in Healthy Communities include:

  • Municipal Healthy Communities Office Director - $40,000+
  • Nonprofit Executive Director - $60,000+
  • Case Management Director - $35,000+
  • Social Service/Nonprofit Organization Program Manager - $30,000-$45,000
  • Community Outreach Coordinator (education, healthcare, local/state gov’t) - $35,000-$50,000
  • Foundation Grants Program Officer - $40,000+
  • Nonprofit/Research Institute Program Evaluator - $45,000+
  • Gerontology Department Manager - $40,000-$65,000
  • Nursing Home Program Manager - $40,000+
  • Hospital/Clinic Unit Manager - $55,000+