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 About SIHP

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.

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.

The commission is a 15-member body appointed by the governor which advises the governor and legislature on coordination and administration of state programs, changes in federal and state programs, and the nature and magnitude of aging priorities. The commission also reviews and approves grants made by the Aging & Adult Services Agency and participates in development of the state plan and budget as required by the federal Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.

Read the press release.

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.