Academics

Western Michigan University's Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services is an undergraduate program that provides entry to a number of roles in health care. As such we have developed a number of options for students.

The programs listed below allow students the opportunity to complete some graduate courses while finishing their Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services.

Each of these paths or tracks has a set of courses grouped into four areas:

  1. The pre-professional sequence and general education requirements embraces a broad spectrum of natural, behavioral and social sciences as well as arts and humanities, providing students with the knowledge necessary to understand the determinants of health and social wellness.
  2. The professional core provides for a more in-depth study of the organization and delivery of health and human services, systems administration and health policy. Classes in ethical and legal issues, as well as those in the Institute of Medicine core competencies, introduce students to their professional responsibilities.

    Health professionals increasingly use sophisticated information and communication technologies; therefore, students will receive instruction in accessing medical information, managing information systems and in research methodologies and statistical data processing.

    Also, current topics in health and human services, such as safety practices, multiculturalism, disability and rural health care will be addressed through a seminar series.

  3. Advanced study in an area of concentration or academic minor will complement these broad-based abilities. Some concentrations and minors will prepare students for candidacy in professional graduate programs. Others will enable students to enter administrative positions in a variety of public and private agency and institutional settings and prepare them for candidacy in graduate certificate program. Students who elect a concentration will do so in consultation with the advisor. A concentration will be designed to fit the student's individual learning objectives. It must consist of a minimum of 14 credits, at least nine of which must be from 3000 to 5000 level of coursework.
  4. Capstone Experience which is a required internship in the United States or abroad. Note: Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services-occupational therapy track students complete clinical placement in place of the capstone experience.

Locations

In addition to WMU’s main campus in Kalamazoo, MI., the Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services is offered as a bachelor's completion program in an  online format. The bachelor's completion program is also offered in a hybrid format (partially online, partially on campus) at our MetroDetroit and Grand Rapids/Muskegon regional locations. While the requirements are the same, courses at WMU regional locations are tailored toward adult non-traditional students, featuring evening and weekend classes. Check course listings or visit the Extended University Programs website for more information.