The Social and Behavioral Sciences programs are designed for people with a passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our business degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your business career to a higher level.
Whether you want to enter the field of criminal justice or need credentials to advance your career, Kaplan University's criminal justice degree programs are designed to help you achieve your goal.
Our degree programs and certificates could help prepare you to teach diverse learners a broad range of academic content and educational foundations.
Our comprehensive fire science programs offer the flexibility of online learning, ideal for individuals in the fire science and emergency management fields who may work inconsistent hours.
You could acquire real-world knowledge and practical skills and prepare for a career in the health care industry by earning a health sciences degree, diploma, or certificate.
Our programs in legal studies, paralegal studies, and environmental policy are designed to fit your educational goals.
Our nursing degree and certificate programs are taught by practicing professionals who are dedicated to helping you prepare for real-world challenges in nursing.
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Kaplan University offers over 180 degree and certificate programs all available to military, veterans, and spouses of active duty members. In addition, several programs have been developed to complement specific military occupations or programs established by the military.
The Kaplan University School of General Education courses support the academic, social, personal, and professional development of learners throughout their engagement with the University.
Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) offers individualized, affordable education that integrates technology and personalized service to help learners meet their career, academic, and personal goals.
Offering the flexibility of online education and support for military students.
Every day, talented individuals are proving it's never too late to think about the future.
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Kerrie Berends is the academic department chair for the Associate of Science in
Health Science, Master of Science in Health Education, and Master of Public
Health. Her main responsibilities include upholding classroom standards through
the supervision of faculty, scheduling of classes, and maximizing student
success through providing a meaningful learning experience. She is part of a
research team involving first-term student success and retention and continues
to help implement research studies in the School of Health Sciences.
Berends joined Kaplan University in 2008 as an adjunct instructor for the
Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program and then worked as a curriculum
manager and later an assistant department chair. Her presentations and
professional interests include leadership, first term student success, and
physical activity programming for individuals with disabilities.
Berends holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s
University, a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity from Western
Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education/Corporate
Health and Wellness from Grand Valley State University. She is an American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C),
Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE), and a Professional Association of
Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) registered therapeutic horseback riding
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