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.

About the school

The School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs at Western Michigan University brings together academic programs which focus on core cross-disciplinary, interprofessional competencies needed for effective practice in health care and human services.

The school includes the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences, which prepares students for several of our master's degrees programs, or, on its own, prepares graduates for a number of careers in health care. The Bachelor of Science in Public Health and the Master of Public Health which prepare graduates for a rapidly growing field.

The school is also home to the innovative Center for Gerontology, the Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness program and the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse, all of which offer a graduate certificate and undergraduate minor.

The Peace Corps Health Preparatory minor, provides excellent educational opportunities for students interested in a variety of health and human services professions and careers.