Welcome to Integrated Health Studies

Integrated Health Studies (IHS) provides a liberal arts foundation in humanities, social sciences, and scientific reasoning with opportunities for integrated learning and individual application in a capstone experience. This secondary major helps promote and significantly strengthen pre-health programs.

Students who plan on a career in health care know that they need to gain a strong science foundation for their professional programs. Equally important is knowledge of the social context of health and skills for navigating the multi-dimensional nature of health problems and, in the future, good patient-centered health care practitioners.

The (IHS) secondary major is appropriate for any student who wants to work in health care and is on a traditional pre-health track.

This program is also appropriate for students who are interested in related careers. For example, a student who selects a major in social work and who wants to work in a hospital will develop ethical and scientific reasoning skills necessary for solving complex individual and societal health problems. Biomedical engineering can also be paired with IHS as a way to combine the analytical skills associated with engineering with the ethical and interpersonal skills of IHS. IHS is a way to explore passions related to science, people, and ethics alongside any major of choosing.

Integrated Health Studies is intended to supplement primary major requirements to provide students with a foundation in:

  1. Interpersonal skills grounded in humanistic and social scientific understanding of health.
  2. Ethical and scientific reasoning skills necessary for solving complex individual and societal health problems.
  3. Multicultural competence critical for dealing with diverse patient populations in the U.S.
  4. Integrated learning culminating in a capstone experience.