Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Science

Integrated Heath Science Undergraduate Students

The Integrated Health Science (IHS) major provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that establishes a strong core knowledge of health and disease prevention, along with quality delivery and oversight of health services. This new interdisciplinary degree program represents an inventive strategy that increases student access to courses in their area of interest while allowing the student to tailor the program to their healthcare career goals.

The Integrated Health Science major prepares students to become:

  • informed and engaged health professionals 
  • able to think critically about health-related issues  
  • work as part of a healthcare team to develop innovative solutions to current and future healthcare issues

The program contains course material that will prepare students to become healthcare professionals that can work collaboratively to solve complex issues impacting healthcare and the health of the nation. The material will also provide a broad understanding of human health, strategic planning, healthcare delivery systems, and ethics, as well as key skills such as effective communication, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, digital technology and teamwork. The major emphasizes an interprofessional and innovative approach that is designed to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes vital to many healthcare services and related health occupations.

Upon declaration of the Integrated Health Science Major through Owl Express, please schedule a formal advising appointment with the Wellstar College Advising Center.

Health Science Job Market

Healthcare is Georgia’s growth engine. Georgia is projected to have the second highest growth in jobs in the healthcare industry in the nation. By 2026, one-fifth of all new jobs created in Georgia will be in healthcare. Healthcare is one of the few occupational categories that is anticipated to see annual openings due to new job growth exceed those needed to replace workers. The proposed Integrated Health Science will position graduates well to take advantage of these expanding opportunities.

What can you do with a health science degree?

Integrated health science graduates can pursue non-clinical careers that require an in-depth understanding of the healthcare industry such as:

  • medical and health services management 
  • patient/client navigation 
  • infection control manager 
  • insurance reviewer 
  • medical equipment & pharmaceutical sales 
  • health care lobbying

In addition, students earning the IHS degree would be strong candidates for graduate level training in numerous areas of health care (e.g., health care administration, bioinformatics, occupational therapy, physician assistant, prosthetics-orthotics, social work, athletic training, nutrition, communication disorders). 
 
For more information on the Integrated Health Science major at KSU, please e-mail: ihs@kennesaw.edu 

Admissions and Course Information

Integrated Health Science - Undergraduate Admissions

The Integrated Health Science major is an “open-degree” which means that students are able to declare the degree once admitted to the university. There are no program admission requirements above those established by KSU for admission to the University.  
IHS majors will need to maintain a “C” or better in the upper-division core courses and those courses that serve as prerequisites to other classes.

Integrated Health Science Course & Curriculum Requirements

The Integrated Health Science (IHS) major curriculum provides essential health knowledge necessary for healthcare services and related health occupations. The curriculum will emphasize an interprofessional approach that is designed to develop proficient skills sought by healthcare employers, such as critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, health literacy, cultural competency, teamwork, communication, and ethics. In order to broaden students’ understanding of factors that both positively and negatively impact the health care system, patients, and practitioners, IHS majors will take relevant coursework in various colleges and departments across KSU.

General Education Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

  • HS 2300: Intersectional Approaches to Cultural Competence (3) 
  • IHS 2100: Introduction to Health Science and Professions (3) 
  • WELL 2000: Foundations of Health and Wellness (3) 
  • Area F Options (9 hours) 
    o Any 1000 or 2000 level courses with BIOL, COM, ES, FL, HS, PHE, 
    PSYC or SOCI prefixes.

Upper Division Major Requirements (30 Credit Hours) - IHS Core Classes (27 hrs.) 

  • COM 3320: Health Communication (3) 
  • ECON 3478: Economics of Healthcare (3) 
  • HPE 3300: Contemporary Health Issues (3) 
  • IHS 3240: Fundamentals of Behavioral Healthcare (3) 
  • IHS 4545: Healthcare Innovation (3) 
  • IPE 4413: Interprofessional Care and Collaboration (3) 
  • IT 3503: Foundations of Health Information Technology (3) 
  • PHE/NURS 3330: Health Systems and Health Policy (3) 
  • SOCI 3380: Society, Community and Health (3) 

Integrated Health Science Capstone (3 hrs.) 

  • IHS 4760: Integrated Health Science Capstone (3) 

Electives - Upper division major electives (18 hrs.) 

  • Any 3000 or 4000 level courses with the following prefixes: COM, 
    ES, HPE. HS, LDRS, NURS, PHE, PSYC, SM, SOCI 

Free electives (12 hrs.) 

Note: IHS majors are encouraged to consider a minor or certificate program to fulfill elective requirements. 

120 Total Credit Hours  

For more information on the Integrated Health Science major at KSU, please e-mail: ihs@kennesaw.edu  

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