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.

Why Iowa?

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.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Health Studies
  Honors Courses
  Four-Year Graduation Plan
Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

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.

Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


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.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.


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.