Based on the premise that human health is too complex to be addressed within a single discipline, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (i-Health) degree program integrates knowledge from a variety of social and behavioral sciences fields such as psychology and sociology, as well as the applied health sciences.
The i-Health degree provides a foundation to understand health from perspectives related to individual lifestyle, family, community, and culture. The curriculum is grounded in a health-related understanding of the way people live their life and engage with their family and community. The degree is structured to serve as an ideal pre-professional undergraduate program for a range of biomedical careers including medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health.
Students select one of three concentrations and customize it to include their specific interests in health by combining it with 24–28 free elective credits. The significant number of free electives will enable students to work with their academic advisor to design a program ideally suited to meet the entry requirements for post-graduate study in a range of biomedical and health-related graduate programs.
Official information about our courses can be found here: http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/ahs/interdisciplinary-health-s...
Health and Aging
Students in this concentration emphasize health processes across the lifespan, with particular focus on people from young adult the end-of-life. The concentration includes fundamental knowledge of human development, and the physiological, psychological, and developmental processes associated with aging. It also provides opportunities to focus on specific aspects of aging, such as physical activity, nutrition, and communication processes.
Health Behavior Change
Students in this concentration emphasize an understanding of the interplay among personal traits, family contexts, social structures, and cultural factors for the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The educational experience will include engaging students in developing strategies to implement and evaluate interventions that foster constructive health behaviors and lead to desirable health outcomes.
Students in this concentration develop an understanding of the varied health needs of an increasingly diverse population. Coursework is directed at understanding people's health from various kinds of diversity factors, including: race and ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality, religious and spiritual beliefs, and groups who may be marginalized due to poverty or social status. Students develop an understanding of the complexities of promoting and maintaining healthy living among diverse communities of people, and will take a solution-oriented approach to examine health disparities.