Although the overall summer experience, which included meeting with clients and learning how attorneys foster relationships with them, left interns Alecia Freeman and Stephanie Smietana with different outcomes and goals, they both say they had opportunities to hone their future career interests.
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. Our new health administration bachelor's degree prepares you to lead health organizations to improve wellbeing in your community.
Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Addiction Specialization Certificate - 9 cr
- Clinical Addiction Certificate - 18 cr
Holistic Health and Contemplative Well-Being
- Health and Wellness Coaching Skills - 9 cr
- Holism and Contemplative Health Care - 9 cr
- Mindfulness and Centering Skills - 9 cr
- Resilience and Well-Being Skills - 9 cr
News and Updates
Lopez-Jeng appointed to Commission on Services to the Aging
Cassie Lopez-Jeng, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the WMU School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs, has been appointed to the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Her term began earlier in August and will end in July 2024.
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.