Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Studies
The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Studies is designed for students interested in pursuing studies related to the health professions. The primary mission of the Integrated Health Studies program is to educate individuals to serve present and future needs of an increasingly diverse society in the professional fields associated with health and/or medical services. Fundamental to its mission is the education of students to excel as practitioners and provide leadership to their respective disciplines.
All students complete the university’s Kent Core (Kent Core). Integrated Health Studies (IHS) students also take a core of courses that relate to health studies. The core consists of coursework related to medical terminology, health care ethics, health care policy and delivery systems, research design and statistical analysis, quantitative statistics, a writing intensive class and a professional seminar class at the end of the program. The program culminates in a practicum experience consistent with the student’s career goals. The knowledge and understanding gained from the core coursework then are applied within the context of a specific concentration selected by the student based upon the student’s interests. Each of the three concentrations, health sciences, health services, health care administration and services, prepares the student for specific occupational opportunities and/or advanced study in the health and human services fields.
The health care administration and systems concentration is designed to prepare students for administrative positions in the health care industry. This concentration includes a business minor and includes courses consisting of marketing, management, finance, economics, and computer applications, as well as specialized courses related to long term care administration and social welfare polity. The students completing this concentration assume positions in the business sector of a health related industry. Other students may wish to pursue graduate study in such fields as business administration, health administration, exercise/leisure/sports administration, and public health.