Public Service and Public Policy (Health Policy), BS

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Are you passionate about exploring how government and policy affect your community or the lives of others? Gain an excellent foundation in public policy while you enjoy internship opportunities that build the expertise needed in high-demand careers in the public sector. This program is located in downtown Phoenix, near city, county and state governments.

The School of Public Affairs offers a concentration in health policy as part of the BS in public service and public policy. This program allows students to build a course of study that emphasizes their own areas of interest. The health care industry is continuing to be a major part of the U.S. and world economy.

The concentration in health policy provides students who have an interest in policy to focus on health-related issues and their policy implications. The courses in the concentration are offered by the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. All the courses are part of the college's regular degree offerings. Thus, students emerge from the program prepared to address policy issues in this substantive area with an understanding of the range of public service careers (including government, nonprofit and for-profit options), the economics of public affairs, the challenge of leadership in the public context and the dynamics of administering public programs.

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Public Service and Public Policy (Health Policy), BS

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Career outlook

The program is primarily focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills required for entry- and mid-level supervisory and managerial positions in the public sector, such as city, county, state and federal agencies, though they would function successfully in many other types of organizations as well. For those who already have work experience, the degree provides further opportunity for promotion.

The health policy concentration provides students with more specialized knowledge about the policy implication of health-related decisions and actions.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Logistics Managers 6.7%$92,460
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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