Integrated Health Science

  • IHS

    What is Integrated Health Science?

    The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Integrated Health Science will provide a broad-based interdisciplinary degree designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

    To do so, the IHS major will consist of a core group of classes grounded in the basic natural, social and health sciences with a thread of interprofessional education (IPE) and healthcare innovation woven throughout.

    The IHS major prepares students to become informed and engaged health professionals, able to think critically about health-related issues and work as part of a healthcare team to develop innovative solutions to current and future healthcare issues.

    Coursework focuses on the core functions of the healthcare system while emphasizing strategies to promote population health. In addition, the curriculum provides a venue for career exploration. The IHS program of study is flexible enough to allow students career options in the healthcare industry or preparation for graduate education in allied health fields.

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    Sample Classes

    • This course will introduce students to the current structure of the U.S. healthcare system and the professions supporting it. The description of each healthcare profession will introduce relevant governing bodies for the profession, educational requirements, certification and licensure requirements, work schedules and environment, salary ranges, and job trends/prospects. The course will also introduce students to the importance of interprofessional healthcare practices. Various external healthcare professionals will convey first-hand knowledge and advice concerning their professional experiences and training.

    • This course introduces students to the basic principles of behavioral health care. Students will examine the fundamentals of mental illness in society and various intervention methods and strategies. The course introduces students to behavioral health care service delivery systems particularly within underserved communities and populations.

    • This course is designed to examine the process of developing and implementing innovative solutions to complex healthcare issues. Emphasis is placed on use of design thinking protocols, principles of social innovation, and development of sustainable solutions for health care delivery systems.

    • This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop the knowledge, values and skills needed for working effectively within interprofessional teams in health care and non-health care settings. Students will learn about their own styles of working in teams and how to address conflict to ensure best outcomes for the final beneficiaries. Emphasis will be placed on the transfer of skills to different contexts and issues in the various disciplines and professions.