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.
We recommend that you first explore other health programs offered at UNF (https://www.unf.edu/catalog/programs/ug/) to see if another program is a better fit. The flexibility of the IHS curriculum requires students to create their own program of study using criteria that best prepares you for your future plans. In other words, you must purposefully select courses to increase your employability or obtain the appropriate pre-requisite classes for graduate studies.
You should have at least 45 credits to start the process. During freshman year, we recommend that you explore your major options, take HSC2000 Healthcare Career course to learn about various healthcare professions, meet with career coordinators, talk to program directors of the majors you are interested in, and get involved in with student clubs.
When eligible to start the process, your first step is to meet with Brooks College of Health (BCH) advising (Building 39 Room 2031, email@example.com, 904.620.2812) to discuss your interest. A BCH advisor will complete out Section I of IHS proposal form for you. Then, you will follow the steps below:
The interview is informal and may be phone or in-person. If you meet in person, you should dress professionally and arrive on time. The program director will ask you about your career plans and how the IHS program can help you achieve your plans. Additionally, prepare to discuss what experience you need during the capstone.
The IHS Capstone is not a one-size-fits-all experience and may include an internship, research project, leadership experience, or study abroad. You will work with the IHS Program Director to design a semester long capstone that will give you the experience you need to be successful. For instance, many students in the IHS program are planning to apply for Physician’s Assistant (PA) school and they may need experience in a clinical setting to obtain patient contact hours or make relationships to ask for letters of recommendation. Those students would likely opt for a hands-on internship in one of the local healthcare organizations. While other IHS students hope to stay with their current company so they may select a capstone experience being mentored by a healthcare executive in their own organizations. The possibilities are endless and it is an exciting opportunity to enhance your resume, skill set, and community relationships.
This degree prepares students for entry-level positions in healthcare and biomedical sciences -roles likes Data Coordinator, Research Assistant, Operations Coordinator in clinics, hospitals, private and public organizations, community-based settings and employee health organizations.