The College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Integrated Health Studies. The program is interdisciplinary and involves a variety of academic areas both from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as well as other departments at Kent that deal with health and human services.
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 Integrated Health Studies (IHS) majors take a core of courses that relate to health studies. The core consists of courses that focus on medical terminology, careers in health sciences and human services, research design and statistical methods for the health professions, health care ethics, health care policy and delivery systems, quantitative statistics, a writing intensive course, and a professional seminar experience at the end of the program. The program may culminate in a 3-10 credit hour practicum in a setting consistent with the students' career goals. A seminar class accompanies the practicum to address topics related to the practicum experience.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health services and human services areas will grow faster than average through 2012. Students completing the IHS Health Services concentration will be prepared to assume a role in the service delivery sector of the health care industry. Others may wish to pursue graduate study leading to advanced professional credentials. The student completing the IHS Health Care Administration and Systems concentration would be prepared for careers in the business sector of the health care industry, but others may wish to pursue graduate study to obtain mid-management administrative credentials. Students completing the IHS health sciences concentration are prepared to pursue graduate study in health-medical fields such as physical or occupational therapy and physician assistant.
Following a degree in Integrated Health Studies, students may wish to pursue graduate study in many areas, including:
Students are required to participate in shadowing, volunteer and practicum experiences. Examples of some of these opportunities include: area hospitals and health care facilities, HMO's, health networks, nonprofit organizations and sports medicine clinics.
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