Health Care Studies: Public Health Management Track

Associate in Science (A.S.)

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Public health experts use advanced medical knowledge and communication skills to serve the community. Prepare for a career creating health and wellness initiatives with our transfer-ready healthcare coursework.

Career Outlook: Public Health Professionals

Promote community wellness and develop programs to teach people about general well-being. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for public health professionals to grow 17% by 2030. Health education specialists find careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and local government. The median annual wage for health education specialists in 2021 was $60,600.

A.S. Program Overview

Health education specialists often work in the public sector and use their communication skills to create positive change in their community. Our A.S. in Health Care Studies: Public Health Management prepares students for careers informing patients about healthy practices in non-clinical settings. Learn about the business side of healthcare and discover how clear, thoughtful communication can deliver better health outcomes.

Take classes in both business and healthcare science, such as Fundamentals of Health Care and Principles of Financial Accounting. You can also select electives that help you personalize your education and explore your interests in the field.

Innovative, Real-World Healthcare Training

Practice your healthcare skills in our recently renovated and expanded Sands Family Center for Allied Health. The space includes a real-life hospital setting, science labs, and a holography lab, which allows students to view three-dimensional images of organs to better understand human anatomy and physiology. You'll receive clinical training and guidance from our experienced instructors from day one, and benefit from opportunities to practice scenarios.

Our Health Care Studies Degrees are Available 100% Online

In addition to completing this degree in-person, our entire Health Care Studies program is available online, so you can study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

Join an Active Health Care Studies Learning Community

FLCC has a student-led Health Care Studies club that invites anyone interested in healthcare to join. Many club members already work in the healthcare field and are eager to share their opinions, values, and experiences about the industry. The club meets about once a month to build community and assist one another in their studies.

A.S. Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate personal career paths and interests related to employment in the healthcare industry.
  • Apply critical reasoning to understand the skills necessary to function effectively in a wide variety of health care situations.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and apply this information to the understanding of the practice of health care, prevention, and wellness.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

After earning an A.S. in Health Care Studies: Public Health Management, you'll be prepared to enter a four-year degree program in public health as a junior. To ensure you gain the most value from your college experience, FLCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions:

  • Alfred State College
  • Keuka College
  • SUNY Canton

Four-Year Career Pathways

With a bachelor's degree in public health, you will find job opportunities in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Some careers include:

  • Community Health Educator
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Medical Administrator
  • Public Health Advisor

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Your healthcare instructors are accomplished and experienced clinicians who combine conceptual learning with hands-on practice. From clinical and public healthcare settings to physical education and fitness environments, our faculty bring their work experience into the classroom every day.

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