Interdisciplinary Health Services Major
Interdisciplinary Health Services Program Mission
The undergraduate program in Interdisciplinary Health Services focuses on improving the quality of life for students and the people they serve by providing a rigorous and comprehensive education in health, health care, and health related issues. Core philosophies are professional competence, creative problem solving, respect for all persons, social justice in medicine, and a collaborative approach to disease prevention and health promotion.
Learning Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will know and understand the biological, psychological, and social determinants of health and well-being.
Objective 1.1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of how race, social class, gender, culture, geographic location, and disability influence physical and mental health.
Objective 1.2: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the primary health issues at each stage of life and how healthcare needs change across the lifespan.
Goal 2: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will apply health theories to health practice and research.
Objective 2.1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of health promotion planning, needs assessment, program development, and evaluation by developing and implementing a health promotion project.
Objective 2.2: Graduates will be able to foster health behavioral change by applying systematic, measurable, and supportive (empathic) approaches.
Goal 3: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will demonstrate literacy in the language of health professions.
Objective 3.1: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will effectively use the terminology and language of the health professions.
Objective 3.2: Graduates will be able to analyze regional, national and global health data and to draw logical conclusions based on health data.
Objective 3.3: Graduates will be able to critically evaluate and apply current research in the health professions to health promotion and disease prevention practice.
Goal 4: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will collaborate with others in order to promote health and well-being of people in need.
Objective 4.1: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of healthcare systems and effective healthcare systems management.
Objective 4.2: Graduates will be able to educate, delegate, and coordinate with others to promote health and well-being of a population.
Goal 5: Graduates of the Interdisciplinary Health Services Program will follow ethical codes of conduct of the health professions.
Objective 5.1: Graduates will follow and promote ethical conduct reflecting Jesuit values, specifically the values of honesty, respect for persons, and justice.
Objective 5.2: Graduates will demonstrate the maturity to make decisions and to take professional responsibility for those decisions.
Objective 5.3: Graduates will act as global citizens, holding personal and career objectives that honor and serve the beneficence of people in need.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|CHM 125/125L||General Chemistry II||3|
|PHL 250||Philosophy of Death||3|
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:
|CHM 120/120L||General Chemistry I||3|
|BIO 101/101L||Bio I: Cells||4|
|MAT 118||Introduction to Statistics||3|
Eleven courses including
|IHS Core Requirements|
|IHS 110||Psyc Aspcts Illness & Disab||3|
|IHS 211||HlthCareSystem/ Responsibility||3|
|IHS 323||Health and Society||3|
|IHS 331||Statistics & Research Methods||3|
|IHS 495||Seminar in Inter Health Svc||3|
|BIO 102/102L||Bio II: Genetics||4|
|Area Studies Courses|
|Select five courses from list below (at least 2 courses must be from the Health Services course group)|
Area Studies Courses
|IHS 216||Alcohol, Drugs & Society||3|
|IHS 217||Mental Health & Society||3|
|IHS 244||Health Care Administration||3|
|IHS 248||Hlth and the School aged Child||3|
|IHS 251||Healthcare Law and Ethics||3|
|IHS 252||Health Care Policy||3|
|IHS 253||Nutrition:Health & Disease||3|
|IHS 255||Human Sexuality and Disease||3|
|IHS 276||The Continuum of Adult Health||3|
|IHS 285||Med Terminology & Health Comm||3|
|IHS 325||Theories:Disease Prevent Mgmt||3|
|IHS 345||DyingWell:The Hospice Movement||3|
|IHS 349||Managed Health Care||3|
|IHS 354||Diversity Ldrship in Hlth Care||3|
|IHS 360||TherapRolesAnimals in Hlthcare||3|
|IHS 368||Just Hlth Care Dev Nations||3|
|IHS 370||Special Topics in Health Servi||3|
|IHS 441||Alt Med/Non TraditionalTherapy||3|
|IHS 458||Public Health & Epidemiology||3|
|IHS 465||Intro:Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|IHS 466||ABA and Autism Treatment||3|
|IHS 467||Social Skills Dev. and Autism||3|
|IHS 468||Resources &Advocacy for Autism||3|
|IHS 469||Adult/Transition Autism Serv||3|
|IHS 470||Senior Seminar||3|
|IHS 471||Special Topics in Autism||3|
|IHS 472||Seminar in Autism||4|
|IHS 473||Advanced Principles of ABA||4|
|IHS 474||Functional Analysis and Ethics||4|
|IHS 490||Internship in IHS||3|
|IHS 491||Internship in Autism Studies||3|
& IHS 494
and Independent Study
|Social Sciences 1|
|PSY 122||Abnormal Psychology/Non-Majors||3|
|PSY 223||Health Psychology||3|
|PSY 224||Drugs, the Brain, & Behavior||3|
|SOC 217||Mental Health & Society||3|
|BIO 201||Bio III: Organismic Biology||4|
|BIO 260||Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth I||4|
|BIO 261||Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth II||4|
|BIO 406||Comparative Anatomy||4|
|BIO 417||Systemic Physiology||4|
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|ENV 270||Special Topics||3|
|ECN 390||The Economics of Healthcare||3|
|ENG 450||Hospital Stories||3|
|LIN 270||Topics in Linguistics||3|
|THE 349||Theology of Disability||3|
The Social Sciences Courses listed do not count towards GEP requirements and some Social Sciences may require pre-requisites
Topics courses only count when certain subjects are discussed.
Note: Students planning graduate study in allied health are strongly encouraged to minor in biology or chemistry.