The Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services was the first interdisciplinary undergraduate program established at Western Michigan University. It was developed in 2001 in response to research identifying the need to educate students in the interdisciplinary competencies required of future health and human services workers as recommended by the National Health Care Skill Standards (WestEd, 1996) and the Pew Health Professions Commission (O'Neil, 1998).
Designed for three populations
- For students who want to prepare for administrative and other non-clinical positions, the curriculum will introduce the intricacies of today's health care and provide cutting edge skills that are in demand for entry- or mid-level careers in various settings.
- For students interested in health and human services graduate programs, interdisciplinary health services is excellent preparation. Advisors will help custom build programs to prepare for graduate work. The occupational therapy and physician assistant programs have clearly defined preparatory paths.
- For those already working in health care who are interested in upgrading their knowledge and abilities with a bachelor's degree, the interdisciplinary focus of the Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services is also a great fit. Previous education in allied health fields may count for credit toward the pre-professional sequence or the professional core within the degree.