Leveraging Your Health Science Degree for Career Advancement

Laying the Foundation for a Successful Healthcare Career

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare field is expected to grow 15 percent by 2029: good news for anyone hoping to build a career through the care of others. But while more jobs technically equate to more opportunities, many of these future roles will be reserved for college graduates with specialized skills, practical knowledge, and real-world experience.

If you currently hold your allied health associate degree and are looking to leverage it for further career advancement — whether through improved prospects, an increased income, or a strengthened professional network — you may be wondering how you can reach your full potential. The answer? By pursuing your Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Cincinnati Online.

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Designed for those who have earned an allied health associate degree and are looking to advance to a bachelor’s degree, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences teaches students to utilize scientific research and practical application to improve population health through various specialties. By working through our comprehensive curriculum and connecting with industry leaders, you can begin propelling your career forward immediately after graduation or continue to one of the University of Cincinnati’s renowned graduate healthcare degrees.

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics 

By blending health economics and outcomes research to provide evidence-based insights to policymakers for decision-making, our students graduate with expertise in pharmaceutical sciences, economics, business, and quantitative analysis. Better yet, the program can be completed in as little as one year, opening the door to lucrative and stable positions that include:

  • pharmacoeconomics, who calculate the health benefits, money, materials, and other assets attached to the use of drugs and earn an average salary of $54,791.
  • clinical research coordinators, who plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects and earn an average salary of $54,821.
  • research project managers, who develop and maintain the procedures, equipment, and policies that impact facets of research and earn an average salary of $64,758.
  • market access managers, who support clients as they prepare and launch drugs into the market and earn an average salary of $65,551.

Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare

Interwoven with the field of precision medicine, which aims to treat each patient individually, pharmacogenomics seeks to help doctors select the drugs and doses best suited for each person’s unique needs. UC’s program studies how genes affect responses to medications, providing knowledge of state-of-the-art genomics research, innovative precision medicine approaches, and the implementation of genomic medicine. Earning this distinctive degree will position you to succeed in respected and well-compensated positions that include:

  • genomics lab technicians, who perform experiments with genes, gene therapy, and research that affects health and nutrition and earn an average salary of $54,660.
  • geneticists, who specialize in diagnosing and treating genetic disorders or conditions and earn an average salary of $80,370.
  • bioinformaticians, who create and maintain databases of genomic information and earn an average salary of $88,616.
  • data scientists, who collect, analyze, and interpret data to help drive decision-making and earn an average salary of $124,434.

Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management

UC’s Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management integrates health and wellness research with coaching skills to prepare students for a role in directing wellness programs, coaching in individual or group settings, and more. Graduates will be prepared to pursue the Certified Wellness Practitioner credential through the National Wellness Institute, and to pursue rewarding career opportunities that include:

  • health and wellness coaches, who partner with clients to enhance their well-being through self-directed health behavior change and earn an average salary of $47,950.
  • wellness specialists, who guide clients in achieving their wellness and healthy lifestyle goals and earn an average salary of $48,049.
  • lifestyle coaches, who counsel and encourage clients through personal or career challenges and earn an average salary of $48,500.
  • wellness program managers, who develop and oversee programs aimed at promoting health and earn an average salary of $58,233.

Map Out Your Healthcare Career

No matter what professional path you hope to walk down, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences can help you get there. It is the perfect stepping stone to further your career in healthcare, whether you seek to begin your career immediately after graduation — in positions such as a research assistant, office manager, clinic supervisor, or health administrator — or continue to pursue your graduate degree. If the above master’s degrees don’t interest you, and you’re still searching for that perfect fit, UC Online has dozens of world-class programs to explore.

Learn, Care, and Lead — At UC Online

Earning your associate degree is an esteemed achievement, and the perfect first step on your road to success. We at UC Online have the programs to further your degree to whatever level you’re interested in advancing to, expanding your options and potential. But for those interested in graduate education, it’s important to note that a bachelor’s degree is often a prerequisite for pursuing an advanced degree in the health sciences — which is why our Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences stands ready to help get you where you want to go.

Ready to learn more? Explore our online programs to discover how you can achieve your goals with a healthcare degree from the University of Cincinnati Online; or take the first step in advancing your career by beginning your application today.


*Salary data sourced from Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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