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Health and Human Services: Majors Offered

Students can choose from the following Majors:

Counseling Studies*

This concentration provides a gateway for students planning on pursuing graduate study in Bay Path’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Students take selected 500-level psychology courses in addition to a 300-level course in Interviewing and Counseling to build knowledge and skills for helping people with psycho-social issues in a variety of contexts. 

Health Science

The Health Science concentration is available to those students who choose to continue into the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Bay Path or elsewhere, but not as an accelerated Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies major. Students with this concentration are admitted to the MOT program if they meet GPA and prerequisite requirements. It is also a suitable concentration for students seeking other types of careers in healthcare settings or those pursuing graduate study in allied health fields other than occupational therapy.

Integrative Health

This concentration option fulfills the requirements for the Integrative Health Certificate. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many Americans—more than 30 percent of adults and about 12 percent of children—use healthcare approaches developed outside of mainstream Western, or conventional, medicine. The use of integrative approaches to health and wellness has rapidly grown within care settings across the United States. Researchers are currently exploring the potential benefits of integrative health in a variety of situations, including programs to promote healthy behaviors. Students’ knowledge and skills that are developed within this concentration are suitable for careers in health education and wellness programming as well as healthcare with a comprehensive approach.

Public Health*

This concentration provides a gateway for students planning on pursuing graduate study in Public Health program. Public health focuses on protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention. Students are prepared for careers in government agencies, state and local health departments, non-profit organizations, and healthcare organizations, such as hospital systems or long-term care facilities. 

Special Education*

This concentration provides a gateway for students planning on pursuing graduate study in Bay Path’s MSEd in Special Education program. Students are prepared to work in programs that provide the proper support, services, and the least restrictive environment to meet the educational needs of children with special needs, such as visual or hearing impairment, intellectual or learning disabilities, speech disorders, neurological conditions, or behavioral and emotional disorders.  Please note that this concentration/major is a non-licensure program, and will not lead to educator licensure at the undergraduate level. Students can choose to apply to the Graduate licensure program in Education to continue on to a licensure program.

Youth Development

This concentration option fulfills the requirements for the Youth Development Certificate. Youth Development is an intentional, pro-social approach in programming that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive. Students learn how to develop positive outcomes and resiliency for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, recognizing strengths, and furnishing the support needed to build leadership skills. Coursework includes service-learning projects to build skills and confidence to work with youth successfully.

Concentrations are a value-added component to the Health and Human Services major and provide specific career preparation in the form of certificates and gateways into select graduate degree programs at Bay Path University.