Career Options

BHS minor and elective options

What can you do with a BHS degree?

The UMKC BHS Degree Program is the perfect choice for students who are interested in a career in health focusing on health prevention, health promotion, population health, and health behavior change. UMKC is offering the BHS Degree in response to the growing workforce demand for health professionals in a variety of areas including, personal health and wellness, social determinants of health, occupational health and safety, community health, and environmental health. Graduates may find career options in government settings, non-for profit organizations, community health centers, workplace health and wellness companies, and health promotion organizations.

Possible Career Options for a BHS Graduate

Coursework, service learning, and internships in the BHS program will provide students with the knowledge and practical experience to compete in the job market. Students interested in careers in health education, health promotion, health marketing or journalism, or specialized business careers will be particularly well-prepared with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. Some career paths may include:

  • Non-profit Organization Administration
  • Hospital Community Outreach Manager
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Client/Patient Advocate
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Community Relations Coordinator
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Community Health Education
  • Social Services Case Manager
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • Emergency Management Coordinator
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Preparation for professional and graduate programs

The BHS will effectively prepare students who wish to apply to enter a graduate healthcare profession program, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy. Professional and graduate programs in healthcare accept students with a variety of degrees, and the BHS provides a strong foundation for students pursuing allied health careers. Graduates may also consider pursing graduate studies in public health, dietetics, or chiropractic care.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Chiropractic
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Physician Assistant
  • Speech-language Pathology

*Note: each postgraduate school has specific admission criteria. Students should research this area extensively if they are considering pursuing post-graduate studies.



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