Photo of Robert WertkinWelcome to the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, the newest school in the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, established in response to the understanding that health care and human services are interdisciplinary in nature.

Many researchers point to the need for interdisciplinary education, training and practice as the backbone for effective, quality health services in the 21st century. The Institute of Medicine's 2003 Committee on Health Professions Summit called for interdisciplinary training of health care professionals and a focus on competencies that cross disciplinary borders.

The academic programs of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs address those needs, focusing on core competencies needed across disciplines within health and human services. The school also expresses the college's overall commitment to provide transformative learning experiences in interprofessional roles and collaboration through coursework, service learning, clinical and fieldwork experiences, research and scholarship, and global engagement.

We welcome your review of this site and your interest in the Center for Gerontology, the Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness program, the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services program, the Master of Public Health degree, the Peace Corp Health Preparatory Minor and our newest program, the Bachelor of Science in Public Health.  The School is also the home of the Western Regional Area Health Education Center.


Dr. Robert Wertkin, Director and Professor
School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs