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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Research social and behavioral science. Address human health holistically. Tailor your degree to prepare for the complexities of the health science industry.

Undergraduate Degree

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences undergraduate degree is a forward-thinking program that seeks to address health issues using knowledge from multiple disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (or I-Health) is a unique and innovative undergraduate program that reflects the trajectory of the healthcare industry. I-Health teaches students to look at health care more holistically and draw from the knowledge of several other fields to develop innovative new solutions to health-related problems. Graduates leave the program not only armed with a deep knowledge of biology and other sciences, but with the ability to comprehensively care for the whole person.

Areas of Concentration

Health & Aging

Emphasize the health process across the lifespan with a particular focus on people from young adult to the end-of-life. It also provides opportunities to focus on specific aspects of aging, such as physical activity, nutrition, and communication processes.

Health & Behavior Change

Understand of the interplay among personal traits, family contexts, social structures, and cultural factors that play a role in healthy lifestyles. This includes developing strategies to implement and evaluate interventions that foster constructive health behaviors.

Health & Diversity

Develop an understanding of the varied health needs of an increasingly diverse population. Coursework is directed at understanding health in light of several diversity factors including groups who may be marginalized due to poverty or social status.

Curriculum

General Education

The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences undergraduate program requires general education courses in the following areas:

 

For more information about general education requirements contact your advisor or refer to the course catalog.

Code Course
Communication Arts

Hours: 6-9

Quantitative Reasoning I & II

Hours: 6

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Hours: 6

Natural Sciences & Technology

Hours: 6

Cultural Studies

Hours: 9

Humanities

Hours: 6

Total Hours: 39-42

Core Courses

Each of the three Interdisciplinary Health Science concentrations has the following health major requirements:

 

For more information about core course requirements contact your advisor or refer to the course catalog.

Code Course
CHLH 101
CHLH 101 Intro to Public Health

Hours: 3

CHLH 274
CHLH 274 Intro to Epidemiology

Hours: 3

CHLH 456
CHLH 456 Organization of Health Care

Hours: 2-4

KIN 122
KIN 122 Physical Activity & Health

Hours: 3

RST 100
RST 100 Recreation, Sport, and Tourism in Modern Society

Hours: 3

SHS 170
SHS 170 Intro to Human Communication Systems & Disorders

Hours: 4

FSHN 120
FSHN 120 Contemporary Nutrition

Hours: 3

PSYC 100
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology

Hours: 4

STAT 100
STAT 100 Statistics

Hours: 3

REHB 330
REHB 330 Disability in American Society

Hours: 3

IHLT 101
IHLT 101 Intro to I-Health

Hours: 1

IHLT 102
IHLT 102 Survey of Interdisciplinary Health

Hours: 1

IHLT 375
IHLT 375 Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Health Services

Hours: 4

IHLT 474
IHLT 474 Pre-Field Experience in Health

Hours: 1

IHLT 475
IHLT 475 Field Experience in Health

Hours: 4

Total Hours: 42

Concentration Requirements

These courses are determined by the degree concentration chosen by the student.

For more information about concentration, requirements contact your advisor or refer to the university catalog.

Code Course
KIN 262
KIN 262 Motor Development, Growth & Form

Hours: 3

CHLH 404
CHLH 404 Gerontology

Hours: 3-4

SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication & Aging

Hours: 3

PSYC 361
PSYC 361 Psychology of Aging

Hours: 3

Select three of the following (at least two at 300 or 400 level)

Hours: 9

CHLH 494
CHLH 494 Special Topics

Hours: 3

EPSY 407
EPSY 407 Adult Learning & Development

Hours: 3

EPSY 430
EPSY 430 Early Adolescent Development

Hours: 3

HDFS 310
HDFS 310 Adult Development

Hours: 3

IHLT 240
IHLT 240 Aging & Health Policy

Hours: 3

IHLT 498
IHLT 498 Interdisciplinary Health Study Abroad

Hours: 3

KIN 365
KIN 365 Civic Engagement in Wellness

Hours: 3

KIN 386
KIN 386 Exercise Instruction & Elderly

Hours: 3

KIN 459
KIN 459 Physical Activity & Aging

Hours: 3

RST 316
RST 316 Hum Devel and Rec, Sport & Tourism

Hours: 3

SHS 320
SHS 320 Development of Spoken Language

Hours: 3

SHS 375
SHS 375 Comm Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SOCW 240
SOCW 240 Death & Dying

Hours: 3

SOCW 315
SOCW 315 Social Work Services for Older Adults

Hours: 3

UP 340
UP 340 Planning for Healthy Cities

Hours: 3

Total Hours: 21-22

Code Course
KIN 340
Kin 340 Sociology & Psychology of Physical Activity

Hours: 3

CHLH 304
CHLH 304 Foundations of Health Behavior

Hours: 4

RST 316
RST 316 Human Development and Rec, Sport & Tourism

Hours: 3

SHS 352
SHS 352 Hearing Health & Society

Hours: 3

Select three of the following (at least two at the 300 or 400 level)

Hours: 9

ANTH 143
ANTH 143 Biology of Human Behavior

Hours: 3

CHLH 469
CHLH 469 Environmental Health

Hours: 3

CMN 260
CMN 260 Intro to Health Communication

Hours: 3

CMN 336
CMN 336 Family Communication

Hours: 3

CMN 462
CMN 462 Interpersonal Health Comm

Hours: 3

CMN 463
CMN 463 Organizational Health Comm

Hours: 3

CMN 464
CMN 464 Health Communication Campaigns

Hours: 3

CMN 467
CMN 467 Communication & Health Equity

Hours: 3

EPSY 407
EPSY 407 Adult Learning & Development

Hours: 3

IHLT 230
IHLT 230 Leadership in Health

Hours: 3

IHLT 498
IHLT 498 Interdisciplinary Health Study Abroad

Hours: 3

KIN 365
KIN 365 Civic Engagement in Wellness

Hours: 3

KIN 448
KIN 448 Exercise & Health Psychology

Hours: 3

PSYC 201
PSYC 201 Intro to Social Psych

Hours: 3

PSYC 322
PSYC 322 Intro to Intellectual Disability

Hours: 3

PSYC 352
PSYC 352 Attitude Theory & Change

Hours: 3

SHS 375
SHS 375 Comm Partners & Health

Hours: 3

SOC 273
SOC 273 Social Perspectives on the Family

Hours: 3

Total Hours: 22

Code Course
Choose either GLBL 240 or Soc 162

Hours: 3

GLBL 240
GLBL 240 Global Health

Hours: 3

Soc 162
SOC 162 Intro to International Health Policy

Hours: 3

CHLH 409
CHLH 409 Women's Health

Hours: 3

EPS 310
EPS 310 Race & Cultural Diversity

Hours: 4

SHS 270
SHS 270 Comm Disability in the Media

Hours: 4

Select three of the following (at least two at the 300 or 400 level)

Hours: 9

AFRO 421
AFRO 421 Racial & Ethnic Families

Hours: 3

ANTH 143
ANTH 143 Biology of Human Behavior

Hours: 3

CHLH 415
CHLH 415 International Health

Hours: 3

GLBL 100
GLBL 100 Intro to Global Studies

Hours: 3

HDFS 322
HDFS 322 US Latina & Latino Families

Hours: 3

HIST 263
HIST 263 History of Medicine in the U.S.

Hours: 3

HIST 281
HIST 281 Constructing Race in America

Hours: 3

IHLT 232
IHLT 232 Health Disparities in the U.S.

Hours: 3

IHLT 498
IHLT 498 Interdisciplinary Health Study Abroad

Hours: 3

LLS 387
LLS 387 Race, Gender, & the Body

Hours: 3

LLS 473
LLS 473 Immigration, Health, & Society

Hours: 3

LLS 479
LLS 479 Race, Medicine, & Society

Hours: 3

MACS 356
MACS 356 Sex & Gender in Popular Media

Hours: 3

RSOC 110
RSOC 110 Intro to Rural Society

Hours: 3

RST/KIN 230
RST/KIN 230 Diversity in Recreation, Sport, & Tourism

Hours: 3

PSYC 312
PSYC 312 Psychology of Race & Ethnicity

Hours: 3

SHS 271
SHS 271 Communication & Aging

Hours: 3

SOCW 300
SOCW 300 Diversity: Identities & Issues

Hours: 3

Total Hours: 22-23

Summary of Degree Requirements

Code Course
General Education

Hours: 36-39

I-Health Major Requirements

Hours: 42

Concentration Requirements

Hours: 22-23

Electives

Hours: 24-28 Hours

Total Hours: 128

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