Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Studies specifically for students who are working professionals who either work or are interested in working in medical professions. The program is intended for students with an associate degree in nearly any field that want to develop their understanding of the health and human services field. Students should develop an understanding of the different areas of expertise in health services and health sciences. In order to apply for the program, students are required to hold an Associate degree as the program is intended to be a completion program in health studies for students with degrees in other fields. 

The program consists of classroom courses, some of which will be admitted through transfer credits, which emphasize the development of health science studies and understanding of anatomy and physiology. Those classes include special topics in health and human services, basic principles and organization of health planning, and independent studies in health and human services. 

Skills graduates should possess include the ability to demonstrate effective communication skills at the individual and group levels, to identify the components of the healthcare delivery system and external environmental factors affecting the management of healthcare organizations, and to analyze laws, regulations, court decisions, and health policy that impact healthcare organizations and health services delivery. In addition, students will be required to be able to analyze the responsibility and operations of a healthcare organization to identify and resolve problems and improve performance, and to demonstrate an understanding of the roles, perspectives, and expectations of clinical practitioners, how they differ from nonclinical staff, and the challenges these differences present for management.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.

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