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 Outcomes

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:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. 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 125/125LGeneral Chemistry II5
PHL 250Philosophy of Death3

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

CHM 120General Chemistry I3
CHM 120LGeneral Chemistry Lab I2
BIO 101Bio I: Cells4
BIO 101LBio I: Cells Lab0
MAT 118Introduction to Statistics3

GEP Electives

Eleven courses

Major Requirements

IHS Core Requirements
IHS 110Psyc Aspcts Illness & Disab3
IHS 211HlthCareSystem/ Responsibility3
IHS 323Health and Society3
IHS 331Statistics & Research Methods3
IHS 495Seminar in Inter Health Svc3
BIO 102/102LBio II: Genetics4
Area Studies Courses
Select five courses from list below (at least 2 courses must be from the Health Services course group)

Area Studies Courses 

Health Services
IHS 216Alcohol, Drugs & Society3
IHS 217Mental Health & Society3
IHS 244Health Care Administration3
IHS 248Hlth and the School aged Child3
IHS 251Healthcare Law and Ethics3
IHS 252Health Care Policy3
IHS 253Nutrition:Health & Disease3
IHS 255Human Sexuality and Disease3
IHS 263Theory:AddictionAddictiveBehav3
IHS 270ViolenceAggression:Deconstruct3
IHS 276The Continuum of Adult Health3
IHS 285Med Terminology & Health Comm3
IHS 325Theories:Disease Prevent Mgmt3
IHS 343HelpHealing:EthicsCommPersonal3
IHS 345DyingWell:The Hospice Movement3
IHS 349Managed Health Care3
IHS 354Diversity Ldrship in Hlth Care3
IHS 359PlanningEvaluatingHealthPromo3
IHS 360TherapRolesAnimals in Hlthcare3
IHS 368Just Hlth Care Dev Nations3
IHS 370Special Topics in Health Servi3
IHS 441Alt Med/Non TraditionalTherapy3
IHS 458Public Health & Epidemiology3
IHS 466ABA and Autism Treatment3
IHS 467Social Skills Dev. and Autism3
IHS 468Resources &Advocacy for Autism3
IHS 469Adult/Transition Autism Serv3
IHS 470Senior Seminar3
IHS 471Special Topics in Autism3
IHS 472Seminar in Autism4
IHS 473Advanced Principles of ABA4
IHS 474Functional Analysis and Ethics4
IHS 490Internship in IHS3
IHS 491Internship in Autism Studies3
IHS 493
IHS 494
Independent Study
and Independent Study
Social Sciences 1
PSY 122Abnormal Psychology/Non-Majors3
PSY 222Neuropsychology3
PSY 223Health Psychology3
PSY 224Drugs, the Brain, & Behavior3
SOC 217Mental Health & Society3
Natural Sciences
BIO 201Bio III: Organismic Biology4
BIO 260Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth I4
BIO 261Anat&Physiol Nurs/Al Hlth II4
BIO 404Biochemistry3
BIO 406Comparative Anatomy4
BIO 408Histology4
BIO 416Microbiology4
BIO 417Systemic Physiology4
CHM 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 215
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
ENV 270Special Topics3
ECN 390The Economics of Healthcare3
ENG 450Hospital Stories3
LIN 270Topics in Linguistics3
LIN 320Phonetics3
THE 349Theology of Disability3