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The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services (BS-IHS) is designed for students who want to pursue a career in a health care or health-related field.  Students majoring in IHS plan on careers in clinical and administrative positions.  There are about 1000 undergraduates in IHS.  Currently, all must complete an internship to graduate.

General Program Objectives:

To equip students with:

·         Comprehensive knowledge of the organization of the health-and-human-service system and its delivery modalities.

·         Knowledge of the ethical, legal and policy issues that are encountered in health and human service settings.

·         Communication skills, including an introduction to counseling, leadership, and team membership, to enable students to function effectively and sensitively in interdisciplinary teams and in diverse health-and-human-service environments.

·         Problem solving and critical thinking skills to assist in decision making.

·         The ability to access current scientific and technological information and apply it in clinical and/or  administrative decision-making.

·         Knowledge in an area of concentration in health and/or human services.

 

The IHS internship gives students an opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and abilities, as well as hone skills in preparation for employment or graduate study.  The internship provides students with experience working within a health-related or health-care organization and an opportunity to practice and refine professional skills and behaviors.  Students have the opportunity to primarily engage in professional activities related to the goals and mission of the internship site organization.  Typically, students engage in some less professionally oriented activities such as filing, answering phones or cleaning and we anticipate these activities constitute a small minority of their work.

A minimum of 200 clock hours is required for internships during either Fall (September- mid-December), Spring (mid-January-April), or Summer I (May-June) semesters.  Please consider hosting an IHS student at your organization!

Supervisor Handbook

Contact: Dr. Kathy Lewis Ginebaugh
Email: kathy.lewis@wmich.edu
Office: 269-387-2803

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