Note: In fall 2019, the Interdisciplinary Health Services bachelor’s degree program was renamed Healthcare Services and Sciences. Students admitted to the IHS program prior to fall 2019, refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog or consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions about this change.
Prepare for today's health care workplace
The National Academy of Medicine has identified service delivery skills that are at the center of patient safety, health care efficiency and cost effectiveness. These skills (patient and family centered services, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, health literacy, health informatics, and interdisciplinary team skills) are critical in health care today. The healthcare services and sciences bachelor's degree anchors you in service delivery skills important to all health service careers.
Prepare for professional graduate programs
In addition to the general Healthcare Services and Sciences degree, the BS-HSS program offers three preparatory concentrations - blindness and low vision studies, occupational therapy, physician assistant - that prepare you for graduate programs in those areas. Vision studies also offers accelerated graduate program. In addition, program administrators and advisors will work with students to develop customized pathways for those who wish to apply to graduate school in other health professions such as medicine, dentistry and physical therapy.
Get credit for your work history
If you are already certified in an allied health field, the Clinical Practice in Health concentration can help you earn your bachelor's degree. You can transfer your credits according to University policy and earn up to 30 credits based on previous work experience.
Nursing Home Administrator
WMU offers a 15-credit Long-Term Care Administration Minor which allows you to qualify to take the Michigan Nursing Home Administrator licensing exam. OR take three specific classes (9-credits) that can help you qualify to take the licensing exam. Some prerequisites may apply to the these classes.
Healthcare Services and Sciences Minor
The minor in healthcare services and sciences is one of the newest programs offered in WMU's College of Health and Human Services. First offered in fall 2021, the program is ideal for WMU students in non-health-related programs who are interested in pursuing health-related careers after graduation.
Long-Term Care Administration
Find the skills and knowledge required to oversee the daily operations of a nursing facility, adult day care, home care organization or assisted living facility. The courses in the minor meet educational requirements to pursue licensure as a nursing home administrator in the State of Michigan.
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Meet our faculty
Meet our faculty
Learn a little more about the Healthcare Services and Sciences program, and a little bit about our instructors in a #FacultyFeature video with Dr. Janet Hahn.