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Online Graduate Health & Nutrition Degrees from ASU

August 23, 2019 · 10 min read · By ASU Online

The health care industry is constantly evolving as providers and corporations seek improved, cost-effective ways of treating patients and addressing public concerns. This field includes many different types of professionals, from individual practitioners to international pharmaceutical companies.


This diversity of roles is part of what is propelling growth in the health care industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care and social assistance are projected to account for one-third of all new jobs added between 2016 and 2026, totaling nearly 4 million new positions. While there are many opportunities in this field, innovations in technology — including computer science, biology and other areas — mean people who wish to remain in this industry must continue their studies in some capacity to stay abreast of the evolution of this field.

To meet the increasing demands driven by employers and industry innovation, Arizona State University has developed a suite of top-tier graduate health care programs. Today’s professionals need flexibility to pursue their educational goals, which is why ASU provides a selection of health care graduate programs online, allowing students to pursue their degree at the right pace for their lifestyle and study under their own terms. The online format lets participating students review lessons and complete coursework in a manner suitable for their other life goals and obligations.

Furthermore, many of the online master’s in health and nutrition programs from ASU focus on the crossover between health care and other fields of study, attracting potential students who may not have decided on a future in health care. Due to the multifaceted nature of human health, the industry needs more than nurses and doctors. Managers, statisticians, financial experts and others can find a career in health care that satisfies their interests and utilizes their strengths.

A graduate health care and nutrition degree is a positive career move for several reasons. First, graduates earn more on average than their bachelor’s-holding counterparts. According to the BLS, a master’s degree can increase wages for health care and social service workers by 19 to 44 percent. In addition, the BLS noted that beginning in 2020 many health and nutrition occupations will begin requiring graduate-level degrees.

To understand how ASU can provide the education to pursue a promising health care or nutrition career, take a look at the various graduate degrees in health care offered online.

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Graduate degrees in in health care offered online

Behavioral Health (Clinical) (DBH)

Provided by the College of Health Solutions, the online Doctor of Behavioral Health program is structured to prepare master's-level clinicians for the constantly evolving health care marketplace. The coursework focuses on concepts related to providing effective, evidence-based care that truly benefits patients.

As part of the clinical concentration, prospective students who are licensed or license-eligible as medical, behavioral or allied health professionals can expect to complete a 400-hour clinical internship.

  • Courses cover subjects including:
  • Population-based health management
  • Measuring and improving quality and performance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health care systems
  • Possible careers include:
  • Clinical Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Behavioral Health Consultant

Behavioral Health (Management) (DBH)

Health care providers across the country are seeking innovative ways to support stronger patient outcomes while reducing monetary waste. Behavioral modification can help patients take greater control of their personal wellness, leading to less health care spending overall. As a result, there is increased demand for health care managers with higher-level education.

As part of the College of Health Solutions, the online Doctor of Behavioral Health (Management) program is similar to its Behavioral Health (Clinical) counterpart but focuses primarily on management rather than clinical practice. Students are instructed in the behavioral health management techniques and practices specific to today's progressive health care environment. Focus areas include cost management, improved clinical outcomes, efficient health care services and better patient experiences. Successfully completing the program can prepare learners to become leaders in the behavioral health field.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Population-based health management
  • Economics of health care systems
  • Performance measurement
  • Behavioral health entrepreneurship
  • Possible careers include:
  • Clinical Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Health Care Executive

Biomedical Diagnostics (MS)

The online Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics, offered via the College of Health Solutions, covers the influential role diagnostics plays in health care. Potential students can expect to study how this area affects policy, drug development, finances and more. Additionally, they will study the legal, regulatory and business elements of biomedical diagnostics.

This program is offered with various partners, including the ASU academic partner, Dublin City University. These partnerships aim to create a center of biomedical knowledge and innovation. Students in this program can witness this development firsthand.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health economics
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Diagnostic technology
  • Health policy
  • Possible careers include:
  • Health Care Business Development
  • Clinical Research or Laboratory Management
  • Regulatory Affairs

Biomimicry (MS)

The online Master of Science in Biomimicry program helps students understand the practical applications of biomimicry in various fields, including but not limited to business, engineering, life science, design and sustainability. The program is provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and it augments the Certified Biomimicry Professional program provided by Biomimicry 3.8, the world's leading bio-consulting agency.

Biomimicry identifies patterns in nature which humans can adapt to solve today’s challenges — particularly those related to sustainability. Biomimicry operates under the theory that nature has already provided solutions to much of humanity's current struggles; it is simply up to us to interpret these answers.

The online MS emphasizes practical application of biomimicry concepts.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Biomimicry and business, design or engineering
  • Mankind's connection with natural processes
  • Thinking in terms of biomimicry
  • Possible careers include:
  • Biomimicry Designer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Sustainable Project Manager

Clinical Research Management (MS)

Provided by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the online Master of Science in Clinical Research Management program is designed to address the expanding roles of clinical research managers, helping nursing and health care providers broaden their career opportunities. The program discusses entrepreneurship, commercial and fiscal practices, innovation and other subjects as they relate to health care and clinical research roles.

This degree is suitable for health care professionals such as technicians, nurses and others.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Responsible conduct
  • Research operations
  • Review boards
  • Research regulation and ethics
  • Management of clinical trials for drugs, medical devices and more
  • Possible careers include:
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Data Manager

Clinical Research Management - Regulatory Science (MS)

The online Clinical Research Management - Regulatory Science program, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, touches on the same foundation as the traditional MS in CRM but with greater emphasis on regulatory oversights as they apply to clinical studies. Students will complete work designed to instruct them on pharmaceutical and medical device regulations, writing techniques and quality management. As with the MS in CRM online program, learners can complete the degree as part-time students. Graduates can anticipate careers as varied as soil and plant scientists, agricultural technicians and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Responsible conduct
  • Clinical research operations and monitoring
  • Quality assurance
  • Risk management
  • Development and regulation
  • Possible careers include:
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Life, Physical and Social Science Technician
  • Natural Sciences Manager

Health Informatics (MAS)

Provided by the College of Health Solutions, the online Master of Advanced Studies in Health Informatics is tailored to help working health care professionals advance their careers with the benefit of a master's-level education. It can also help individuals outside of health care transition into this career path, as it provides a comprehensive background in clinical informatics. Students can then tailor their educational experience by choosing electives that concentrate on a specific subset of the field.

Overall, the MAS in Health Informatics graduate program focuses on the numerous ways data science and information technology continue to shape health and health care. It also looks at how these tools can better improve health in the future.

Program graduates can expect to enter a role where they use modern technology and data collection/management to improve disease prevention and treatment, as well as to better educate the public on various health care matters.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Population health as it pertains to both public and private sectors
  • Creating programs designed to assist specific populations
  • Computer science as it relates to the medical field
  • Evaluation of health systems
  • Database design and languages
  • Quality improvement
  • Evidence-based medical care
  • Possible careers include:
  • Data Scientist
  • Senior Informatics Analyst
  • EHR Information System Analyst

Health Care Innovation (MHI)

An offering from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the online Master of Health Care Innovation program helps shape students into advanced health care leaders. It takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on financing, technology, policymaking, infrastructure, communication and many other critical health care areas.

One notable aspect of the program is its inclusivity toward students without a health care background. Students have come from programs as diverse as journalism, engineering and health care architecture.

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be prepared to take charge at the forefront of health care innovation and leadership. The degree can provide learners with knowledge of the latest trends in health care and strengthen their ability to design new strategies for a variety of health-care related issues.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health care innovation as it applies to the individual patient
  • Innovation as it relates to health care policy
  • Evaluating the outcomes of innovative health care practices
  • Financing new developments in health care
  • Possible careers include:
  • Health Care Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Health Educator

Nutritional Science (Dietetics) (MS)

The online Master of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics), offered by the College of Health Solutions, provides the educational tools for registered dietitians to continue their studies and enhance their practice. Though the program is rooted in the scientific basis of human nutrition, it is also designed to help enrolled students become better practitioners overall. The program goes beyond standard nutritional information to teach students additional skills vital to their profession, including but not limited to computer literacy, writing and problem-solving.

This program is limited to registered dietitians with at least one year of experience because of the high-level nature of the coursework, its anticipated outcomes and the lack of a required thesis.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Research methods
  • Statistics
  • Vegetarian nutrition
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Obesity factors (including policy and environment) and prevention
  • Possible careers include:
  • Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Health Educator

Science of Health Care Delivery (MS)

Delivered by the College of Health Solutions, the online Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery prepares students for the demands of a career focused on better delivery and improved patient outcomes. Students in the program can study health care policy, leadership, management, quality improvement and interventions. The program is primarily case-based, helping learners better apply their knowledge and critical thinking skills. It culminates in a capstone project that includes a real-world, health care-related project, allowing students to use what they've learned to create relevant solutions.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health economics
  • Health care systems, design, management and finance
  • Process engineering
  • Possible careers include:
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical and Health Services Manager

Biomimicry (Graduate Certificate)

Offered in conjunction with the School of Life Sciences and The Biomimicry Center, the Biomimicry Graduate Certificate helps students understand how biomimicry applies to various fields, allowing them to incorporate this specialty into their current and/or future careers. The certificate program consists of 15 credit hours compared to the master’s program’s 30.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Life’s principles
  • Functional biology
  • Virtual design

Possible careers include:

  • Biomimicry Specialist
  • Innovation Consultant
  • Sustainability Manager

Clinical Research Management (Graduate Certificate)

Whereas the online Master of Science in Clinical Research Management consists of 33 credit hours, the online Clinical Research Management Graduate Certificate program is shorted to 15 credit hours. This allows students to focus on the primary elements of this program and study with a more flexible schedule.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Responsible conduct of clinical research
  • Data management and technology
  • Regulatory affairs

Possible careers include:

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Geneticist
  • Biostatistician

Health Care Innovation (Graduate Certificate)

The online Health Care Innovation Graduate Certificate condenses the 34-credit master’s degree program into 15 credits across 5 classes.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Systems thinking
  • Innovation as it relates to individuals
  • Outcomes evaluation

Possible careers include:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Information Technician
  • Informatics Nurse Specialist

Science of Health Care Delivery (Graduate Certificate)

The online Science of Health Care Delivery certificate encompasses 15 of the 30 credits of the online Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery program. Certificate students may focus on a specific area of the curriculum: informatics, leadership or process engineering.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Health care systems and design
  • Health economics
  • Policy and payment models

Possible careers include:

  • Health Care Administrator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical and Health Services Manager

Advancing Your Health Care Career with ASU Online

Whether you are a longtime health care practitioner or have just discovered an interest in the field, you can fulfill your career goals one of the graduate health care and nutrition programs from ASU Online.

These degrees, offered online, can help you conveniently reach your full educational potential. Maintain your professional and personal commitments while simultaneously studying to advance your career.

Does this sound like it could be the right fit for you? Explore the various undergraduate health care and nutrition degrees offered by ASU Online and visit the specific program pages to request more information.

Program details are subject to change. Current information can be found by visiting individual program pages on the ASU Online website.


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