Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Where life and health interests intersect
In Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, we embrace hands-on research and real-world experiences through the perspectives of behavioral, natural and social sciences. Our department offers programs for those interested in pursuing clinical or non-clinical/supportive careers in health care.
- Master of Science
- Health Sciences
- Interdisciplinary Health Care
Welcome to the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IDH), “where health and human interests intersect.” IDH students gain a solid foundation in both the natural and behavioral sciences through rigorous coursework, hands-on research, and real-world experiences in the community. While we have an excellent understanding of human health and disease, what sets us apart is our understanding of the variety of influences on health behavior. Humans are not solely groups of organized cells to be kept functioning properly, we are deeply complex creatures living in diverse communities that influence our health behaviors.
We believe that all people have a right to optimal health and wellbeing, and that you can use your knowledge and skills to positively influence health and wellness outcomes in all settings. You will find a variety of courses taught by faculty who prioritize critical thinking, information literacy, and evidence-based practices. Our supportive faculty create an atmosphere where diversity is valued, and social justice and equity are integrated throughout the curriculum. We can’t wait to see you contribute to our shared vision in our classes.
Our goal is to help students discover their unique talents and passions, and provide the tools to foster your growth and independence, and to prepare you for a satisfying career in diverse fields. Our students have been successful in traditional clinical health career paths, but also find satisfying careers in alternative settings, such as healthcare leadership and community health practice. There is no single path to success, and we encourage you to explore the possibilities by taking classes with our outstanding faculty, by taking interesting elective course options, and by getting involved in research, community outreach projects, and the ECLIPSE leadership program.
Amanda Lynch, Ph.D., R.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
We advance the field of health sciences through interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Utilizing evidence-based approaches that emphasize science within real-world contexts, we prepare practitioners for a wide variety of health pursuits.
To be, and to educate, leaders in collaborative interdisciplinary health science research and practice in the classroom, clinical, and community settings.
Community Health Engagement
A minor in Community Health Engagement is an option for students who wish to explore the community health policies, practices and predictors that impact health. The minor provides students with hands-on learning opportunities focused in real-world community settings to learn about health engagement in diverse populations. A total of 20 credits are required for the minor, including 16 core credits and 4 elective credits.
View the requirements for a minor in Community Health Engagement in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The Holistic Health minor provides coursework that centers on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness through diet, exercise, mental health and spiritual awareness. The minor integrates principles of conventional and alternative practices to prepare students for opportunities in private and clinical holistic care centers. A total of 20 credits are required for the minor, including 14 core credits and a minimum of 6 elective credits.
View the requirements for a minor in Holistic Health in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Nutrition and Health
A minor in Nutrition and Health is available to students in any degree program. A total of 22 credits are required for the minor, including 18 core credits and 4 elective credits. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in each course for the minor.
View the requirements for a minor in Nutrition and Health in the Undergraduate Catalog.