Health Studies graduates are ready to enter a wide variety of occupations and are prepared for graduate school or other advanced professional training in healthcare and public health. A few career pathways with a Health Studies degree includes:

  • Public and global health services
  • Health education and communication
  • Health management and administration
  • Non-profit services
  • Community organizing
  • Mental health / substance use services
  • Environmental and occupational health services
  • Health care outreach and community care
  • Advanced study in public health, nursing, medicine, social work, or other health professions

To learn more about the paths Health Studies alumni take after graduation check out the following video recordings of our recent Alumni Panels!

Gaining experience

A great way to develop and strengthen your skills is to pursue co-curricular opportunities. Advisors and professors are eager to talk to you about incorporating these types of experiences into your education. We also encourage students to get connected with a UW Bothell Career Advisor to learn more about gaining professional experience and defining your career goals. A few examples of co-curricular opportunities are listed below.


Within the Health Studies major, students are required to complete BHS 496 (Fieldwork in Health) during their final year. Fieldwork complements core Health Studies courses by offering students a population-level and community-based scholarly orientation and knowledge base to understand health.

Learn more by visiting the Fieldwork webpage.

Health Educators Reaching Out (HEROs)

The HEROs are UW Bothell’s Peer Health Educators connected to the Health & Wellness Resource Center on campus. HEROs use research to inform their workshops and events on health issues relevant to UW Bothell and Cascadia College students. HEROs collaborate as a team and with other departments to create inclusive and diverse programs.

Learn more by visiting the HEROs webpage.

Undergraduate research & mentorship

Consider exploring your academic interests with a professor, through conducting your very own research or independent study project. Research projects not only help develop your interests, but they also look great on a resume and impressive for graduate school. In addition, they can lead to scholarship opportunities.

Learn more by visiting the Office of Connected Learning webpage and the UW Bothell Research Database webpage.


An internship provides students an opportunity to “test the waters” and gain hands-on experience in a career. Health Studies students have an internship-like experience embedded into their major with BHS 496 (Fieldwork in Health). However, you can incorporate additional experiences into your undergraduate education beyond BHS 496. There are a variety of resources to get further internship experiences. Consider talking to Health Studies faculty, the Community-Engaged Learning & Research Office, and Career Services for opportunities that fit your interests.

Learn more by visiting the Career Services’ Internship webpage.

Student organizations

Joining a student organization is a great way to get involved on campus. You can connect with other students who share similar interests and gain valuable leadership experience. There are a variety of health-related clubs at UW Bothell, such as the Health Studies Student Association, the Biology Club, the Pre-Med Club, the Pre-Dental Club, the Pre-PA Club, and the Helping Hands Project.

Learn more by visiting the UW Bothell Clubs webpage.

June 2023