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HSP Program Overview

Health and health care is one of the most dynamic, rapidly growing, and interdisciplinary employment sectors in the world. UK’s Health, Society, and Populations (HSP) program prepares students for careers that make a difference through improving population health and wellbeing.

HSP majors study the global, cultural, and social distribution of disease from a liberal arts perspective, focusing on factors like race, gender, and poverty. The program also bridges scientific disciplines, examining how behavior, health care, environmental conditions, biological factors, and social and cultural characteristics influence health and illness.

The B.A. in HSP is flexible, ideal for students interested in earning a double major. Students can tailor the degree to their own interests, or choose a concentration in one of the three following areas:

  • Health Ecology
  • Global Health
  • Social Inequalities in Health and Illness.

HSP students will be competitive for entry-level careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, research and evaluation, and health outreach and advocacy. This major is also ideal for students interested in pursuing a professional degree or preparing for the MCAT.