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.
GENERAL UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
All students pursuing a bachelor's degree at Kent complete a series of liberal education requirements (Kent Core). Students majoring in Integrated Health Studies take courses in the following areas: English composition; mathematics and logic or foreign language; humanities and fine arts; social sciences including psychology; and biology and chemistry.
INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES
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.
The knowledge and understanding gained from the core coursework are then applied within the context of a specific concentration selected by the student based upon the student's interests and career goals. Each of the three concentrations prepares the student for specific occupational opportunities and/or advanced study in the health and human services fields.
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.
Following a degree in Integrated Health Studies, students may wish to pursue graduate study in many areas, including:
INTERNSHIP / EXTERNAL STUDY
Students are encouraged and some (Health Care Administration & Systems Concentration) are required to participate in practicum experiences. Examples of some of these opportunities include: area hospitals and health care facilities, HMOs, health networks, nonprofit organizations and sports medicine clinics.