Health Studies provides students with a big picture understanding of the major determinants of health including health behaviors, clinical care, social factors, and environmental factors.
The University of Iowa’s Health Studies curriculum allows students to prepare for a range of pre-professional and graduate programs. Iowa has a growing list of experiential learning opportunities including multiple study abroad courses, practicums, and internships.
Degree programs in Iowa's Department of Health and Human Physiology are versatile and designed for students with widely varying academic objectives.
Faculty members place a high priority on teaching and research. Their areas of expertise span the translational spectrum with some faculty conducting prevention and lifestyle intervention research and others focusing on cellular and basic physiology research. Faculty work with a variety of populations including children, older adults, pregnant women, and many clinical populations. Many of them collaborate with faculty members in the university’s Carver College of Medicine and the College of Public Health.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.
Our program prepares students to work with individuals, groups, and families in a variety of health care settings. We also prepare students for advanced professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, and other related health care fields.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Our curriculum is flexible to allow students the opportunity to shape their degree based on their interests in post-graduation work or pre-professional programs.