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2022 Presidential Scholar

2022 Presidential Scholar

Mackenzie Ashburn is the 2022 Presidential Scholar from the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs. She'll graduate in April with her HSS major and a minor in chemistry. She is completing an internship at Borgess Hospital and also works at WMU Center for Disability Services. She'll begin her PT doctoral program this fall. Congratulations, Mackenzie!

In the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs at Western Michigan University, we offer bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, minors and certificates to help prepare you for success in a variety of health care and human services careers.

Our healthcare services and sciences program has concentrations to prepare you for many of our professional graduate programs. Our public health program will prepare you to focus on primary prevention of population health issues.

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Why interdisciplinary?

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.