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Interdisciplinary Health Studies B.S.H.

The Brooks College of Health offers an Interdisciplinary Health Studies concentration culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.) degree. Healthcare is a growing field and employers are increasingly seeking graduates with an interdisciplinary skill set to function in a variety of roles. This program introduces students to health behavior and management, legal and ethical issues, and environmental influences on health while offering the flexibility to design an individual program based on a student’s unique career goals and interests. Additionally, students have the opportunity to complete prerequisites for graduate studies and complete a minor in a program of their choice.


The degree culminates in a capstone experience with several options for completion including an internship, study abroad, or faculty-guided research. Graduates will be prepared for graduate studies or a career in health and biomedical sciences.


To establish program of study for this concentration, students should complete the program proposal and return the completed proposal to the Program Director.


Please contact the BSH-IHS Program Director, Julie Merten, Ph.D, for a digital copy of the proposal form.


The proposal and interview process typically takes four to six weeks so be sure to plan early to complete the change of major process.

Health Science: Interdisciplinary Hlth Studies (Bachelor of Science in Health)

Program Description for Health Science

Major: Health Science Concentration: Interdisciplinary Hlth Studies Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health

Informational Text

Upon admission to the program, students must develop an individual program of study in consultation with the Program Director.
There is no program prerequsite requirement.

Requisites (3 credits)

Grade of C or higher required in courses used toward the major.

SELECT 1 course from the following

  • HSC2000 Health Care Career (3 credits)
  • HSC2100 Personal and Public Health (3 credits)
  • HUN2201 Basic Principles of Human Nutrition (3 credits)

Major Requirements (15 credits)

Grade of C or higher required in courses used toward the major

SELECT 5 courses from the following

  • DIE4940 Nutrition and Dietetic Field Experience (fall only)
  • FSS3800 Seminar Food Systems and Sustainability (spring only)
  • HSA3101 Intro to Health Administration
  • HSA3191 Health Information Systems
  • HSA4111 US Health Care System
  • HSA4553 Health Law & Ethics
  • HSC3537 Medical Terminology
  • HSC3578 Food, Health, and Society
  • HSC4612 Exercise Physiology for Health Science (fall only)
  • HUN3014 Nutrition and Fitness (prerequisite: HUN2201, typically summer only)
  • HUN3403 Lifespan Nutrition (prerequisite: HUN2201, fall only)
  • PET3312C Biomechanics (prerequisites: BSC2085c/2086c, fall only)
  • LDR3003 Introduction to Leadership
  • PHI3633 Bioethics (typically offered in spring)
  • For the following research courses, consult with the Program Director for approval:
    - ATR4610 Research in Sports Medicine (fall only)
    - HSC4730 Public Health Research (prerequisite: STA2014 or STA2023)
    - HUN3800 Nutrition Science and Ethics (prerequisites: HUN2201 and STA2014 or STA2023, fall only)

Major Electives (24 credits)

Students are free to select eight major electives from any 3000 or 4000 level courses. There is no minor required but a Brooks College of Health minor is encouraged including Food Systems & Sustainability, Global Health, or Public Health. A non-Brooks College of Health minor is also an option with the program director's approval. Grades of C or higher required in courses used toward the major

SELECT 8 major electives

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

Grade of C or higher required in courses used toward the major

HSC4934 Interdisciplinary Hlth Capston (3 Credits)

Free Electives (15 credits)

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper level (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate). Grade of C or higher required in courses used toward the major.

ELECTIVES select 15 hrs(1000-4000) level