Major code BS6357
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Interdisciplinary Health Studies, Department of
Grover Center E178
Athens, OH 45701
The Bachelor or Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies (IHS) degree is a completion degree for individuals who have completed at least 60 semester hours in an allied health-related discipline. The IHS program provides students the opportunity to continue their education, enhance their current career possibilities, and provides a pathway for continued study in graduate education. The Integrated Healthcare Studies program responds to the needs of an increasingly complex state of the American healthcare system; by providing opportunities for students to acquire vital knowledge and skills that will be critical in practicing and navigating the healthcare system. The healthcare system is becoming more complex, and healthcare professionals and healthcare support are among the fastest growing occupations, with the expectation of achievement of higher levels of post-secondary education.
The admissions criteria are as follows: a) Minimum 60 semester hours of credit in a health-related field (e.g., health technology, medical assisting, human services and technology, health information management, respiratory care, physical therapy assistant). To further qualify the student must have completed the following: 1. One course in mathematics 2. One course in English composition 3. One course in biological sciences 4. One course in psychology, sociology, or social work 5. At least 9 semester hours in additional courses with a health or medical focus including: First Aid and CPR/AED, Medical Terminology, and courses with the Ohio University prefixes BIOS (Biological Sciences), HTCH (Health Technology), MAT (Medical Technology), HST (Human Services Technology) or HLTH (Health). Others will be considered. b) A minimum GPA of 2.67 (B-).
Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission
Students applying to Ohio University should have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit in a health-related field, and have a minimum GPA of 2.67 (B-) as reflected on official transcripts. The policy and procedure for accepting transfer of credit from other institutions will be consistent with the policy outlined in the current Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Some students who complete this B.S. degree will choose to pursue graduate/professional programs. This program provides the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree (which is normally a requirement for graduate study) and to potentially explore allied health disciplines through elective coursework which may assist/prepare a student for further education at the graduate level. Examples of some of the paths for graduate study would include speech-language pathology, audiology, public/community health, health education, health informatics, health care administration, and social work. This degree provides opportunity for more sophisticated study of specific disciplines which may enable a student to pursue management and executive positions in the healthcare industry.