Majors / Health Sciences

Health Sciences (B.S.)

Indiana State University

Description:

The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in health sciences with concentrations in environmental health, health administration, health psychology, and public health.

The objectives of the Health Sciences Program are to prepare health educators who help maintain and improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of people; and to prepare students to pursue graduate education in a variety of related fields.

Coursework includes a required core of health sciences courses—plus one of the following concentrations:

  • Environmental Health Concentration:  This option is for students who wish to become environmental health specialists. Coursework includes study in epidemiology; pollution prevention and control; water, air, soil, and food protection; industrial health and safety; toxicology; environmental field sampling and analysis; environmental law; hazardous substances and waste material; health promotion planning and evaluation; research; and statistics—plus an internship in environmental health. Graduates are eligible to take the state examination to become a registered environmental health specialist.
  • Health Administration Concentration:  This option is for students who wish to become administrators in health agencies. Coursework includes study in epidemiology, environmental health, safety, health promotion planning and evaluation, research, statistics—plus an internship in a health agency. In addition, the program includes courses in business administration and human resource development. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) Examination, the national credential for health education.
  • Health Psychology Concentration  This option is for students who would like to work as health educators in the area of mental health and health behavior modification. Much of what health educators do is work with people to help them change behaviors to improve health. Understanding why individuals engage in unhealthy behaviors even when they know it is not healthy is essential to being successful in helping people adopt healthier lifestyles. Coursework includes study in epidemiology, health promotion planning and evaluation, research, statistics, psychology of health behavior, interview skills—plus an internship in a health agency. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) Examination, the national certification for health education.
  • Public Health Concentration:  This option is for students who wish to become community health specialists. Coursework includes study in epidemiology, environmental health, industrial health and safety, health promotion planning and evaluation, research, statistics—plus an internship in community health. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) Examination, the national credential for health education.

In addition, all students complete the University's Foundational Studies, which provides the knowledge needed in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

The faculty are dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities through course design, internships, and service learning projects. Courses are centered in the 230,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building. Relatively small class sizes make it possible for students to receive individualized attention.

Eta Sigma Gamma, a national honorary organization for students in the health sciences, has a chapter at Indiana State. In addition, all programs in the department sponsor active student groups that have close ties to professional organizations in the field.

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Careers:

Graduates specializing in each of the major's five concentrations are well prepared for careers in their chosen area study.

  • Graduates who select the environmental health concentration are prepared to work on an array of issues related to human health and environment. They work at a variety of local, state, and federal environmental and public health agencies, and with private industry, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Graduates who select the health administration concentration are prepared for entry-level managerial careers in medical, public, and nonprofit health settings.
  • Graduates who select the health psychology concentration are prepared for careers as health educators in the area of mental health and health behavior modification. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) Examination, the national certification for health education.
  • Graduates who select the public health concentration are prepared for careers as community health specialists in medical, public, and nonprofit settings. Responsibilities include conducting health education and health promotion for diverse populations with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles and behavior.

In addition, graduates of the Health Sciences Program (all five concentrations) are prepared to pursue graduate education in a variety of related fields.

Accreditation:

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of Applied Health Sciences offers a variety of scholarships and awards. For information, contact the department.

Further Information

Department of Applied Health Sciences
Indiana State University
812-237-3079
www.indstate.edu/ahs


Last updated: September 24, 2013



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