Academics

Note: In the fall 2019 semester, the Interdisciplinary Health Services bachelor's degree program was renamed Healthcare Services and Sciences. Students admitted to the IHS program prior to fall 2019 should refer to their appropriate Undergraduate Catalog or consult with their academic advisor if they have any questions about this change.

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences (BS-HSS) at Western Michigan University is an undergraduate program that prepares students to take their place as interdisciplinary team members in today's health services systems. A student in BS-HSS can focus their studies in a number of ways. These include:

  • The general HSS bachelor's degree program: This option can be paired with a minor or student-designed concentration to focus the program more clearly on your goals.
  • The Clinical Practice in Health - Degree Completion Track: This option is specifically designed for those who have an associate's degree in a clinical area and are licensed or certified in that discipline following a discipline approved licensing exam.
  • Concentrations: These concentrations prepare you to apply to one of WMU's graduate programs. These concentrations satisfy requirements for WMU programs, but may not satisfy requirements for other institutions.

    Audiology Preparation (AudPrep) Concentration
    Blindness and Low Vision Studies Preparation (BLVSPrep) Concentration 
    Occupational Therapy Preparation (OTPrep) Concentration
    Physician Assistant Preparation (PAPrep) Concentration

    Note: WMU offers accelerated audiology and blindness and low vision graduate degrees. In these concentrations, some courses satisfy requirements for both the bachelor's degree and graduate degree. In both cases, you must be accepted into the accelerated graduate program before taking the courses. Acceptance into these programs is competitive. If you are not admitted as an undergraduate, your advisor can help you select a minor or concentration in your junior year.

Curriculum

The curriculum for this bachelor's degree has four main components:

  1. The general education courses embrace a broad spectrum of natural, behavioral and social sciences as well as arts and humanities, providing students with the knowledge necessary to understand the determinants of health and social wellness.
  2. The HSS professional core provides for a more in-depth study of the organization and delivery of health services, safety practices, health disparities, diversity in delivering services, and health policy. In addition, the core competencies that are needed across health services disciplines are introduced at a pre-professional level. These include delivering patient and family centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, health literacy practices, quality improvement, informatics, and ethical decision making.
  3. capstone course that pulls together skills obtained throughout the program and applies them to an internship placement, a professional project, or a research project. (Students who are accepted into the Audiology accelerated degree program take courses that serve as a capstone in those programs. Clinical Practice in Health students may transfer in an equivalent course as well.)
  4. Specialized knowledge obtained through an HSS concentration, a student designed concentration, or minor.

Student Handbook

2019-2020 Healthcare Services and Sciences Student Handbook

2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Health Services Student Handbook

Locations

In addition to WMU’s main campus in Kalamazoo, MI., the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences is offered as a bachelor's completion program in an online format.