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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Interdisciplinary Health Services (122 hours)


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The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services (BS-IHS) at Western Michigan University prepares students to take their place as interdisciplinary team members in today’s health services systems. A student in BS-IHS can focus their studies in a number of ways. These include:

a. The general program: This option can be paired with a minor or concentration to focus the program more clearly on student goals.

b. The clinical practice in health track: This option is specifically designed for those who have an associate’s degree in a clinical area and are licensed in that area following a discipline approved licensing exam.

c. The Pre-Physician Assistant track: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to WMU’s PA program by including required prerequisites (these prerequisites are similar to other PA programs but not identical).

d. The Pre-Audiology Track: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to WMU’s Audiology doctoral program by including required prerequisites (these prerequisites are similar to other AuD programs but not identical).

e. The Blindness and Low Vision Studies track: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to two of WMU’s Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs, Orientation and Mobility for Adults or Vision Rehabilitation, by including required prerequisites (these prerequisites are similar to other programs but not identical).

f. The Pre-Occupational Therapy track: A preparatory program that prepares students to apply to WMU’s graduate program by including required prerequisites (these prerequisites are similar to other OT programs but not identical).

The Pre-Audiology track, the Blindness and Low Vision track and the Occupational Therapy track can lead a student to combined undergraduate and graduate programs in those areas. These programs are collaborations between the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs and the respective graduate department. Within these programs, some courses are utilized for both a BS-IHS degree and a graduate degree. Students must be accepted into the accelerated degree (for Audiology and Blindness and Low Vision Studies programs) or the 4+1 program in Occupational Therapy through the respective program before taking the courses that apply to both degrees.

For more information about the graduate level concentrations see the links under “Admission” below. Acceptance into these advanced programs is not automatic and if students are not accepted into the graduate program as undergraduates they must meet with their advisors to pursue a minor or concentration in their senior year.

 

BS-IHS Mission Statement

Students will be competent in working in interdisciplinary teams; providing patient and family centered services; building health literacy skills; developing quality improvements; and utilizing informatics for documentation, training, program development and evidence-based research.

The BS-IHS has four parts: (http://www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/)

  1. The pre-professional sequence and general education requirements embraces a broad spectrum of natural, behavioral and social sciences as well as arts and humanities, providing students with the knowledge necessary to understand the determinants of health and social wellness.
  2. The IHS professional core provides for a more in-depth study of the organization and delivery of health services, safety practices, health disparities, diversity in delivering services, and health policy. These core competencies that are needed across health services disciplines include delivering patient and family centered care, working in interdisciplinary teams, evidence-based practice, health literacy practices, quality improvement, informatics, and ethical decision making.
  3. A capstone course that pulls together skills obtained throughout the program to be used in an internship placement, a professional project, or a research project.
  4. Specialized knowledge obtained through a minor, a concentration, or a specialized track.

 

More about Capstone Coursework:

To graduate, students must complete a capstone experience: either an internship, capstone project or individual research. A capstone experience is one that integrates special studies with the IHS major and extends, critiques, and applies knowledge gained throughout the program. The capstone experience is typically completed in the final semester before graduation.

  • Most students will complete an internship as their capstone experience.
  • Students who have at least one year of paid experience in healthcare or in a health-related organization may opt to complete a capstone project instead of an internship.
  • Occasionally a student with extensive healthcare experience may decide that their future goals are best supported by completing an individual research project.
  • For students who are accepted into the Audiology accelerated degree program or the 4+1 program their clinical placements in those programs serve as an internship.

Health and Human Services Internship (HSV 4900) - Appropriate for most students
www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/internships

Students completing an IHS internship integrate and apply their knowledge and abilities, as well as hone skills in preparation for employment or graduate study in a healthcare or health-related organization.

In the semester prior to the internship, students meet with the internship coordinator to establish an appropriate, supervised placement that will further their education and professional objectives. A minimum of 200 clock hours is required for internships (some internships require more). A classroom seminar accompanies the internship placement (HSV 4900).

Student should read the guidelines in the student handbook when they first enter the program to begin to consider what type of internship would be the most helpful to them in their future careers and to familiarize themselves with background check information.

The requirements of the internship are:

  1. Completion of all pre-requisites prior to enrollment in any of the capstone courses.
  2. Application to the internship program. Application includes the application form, the student’s resume and unofficial transcripts. All applications must be submitted via the Intern Placement Tracking (IPT) system found on the program website at www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/internships. Application must be made by the deadline for the semester in which a student wishes to begin the internship. See below for deadlines and please note that they are one academic school year ahead of the semester in which the student wants to complete the internship.
Capstone Seminar Application Deadline
Summer May 1
Fall Nov 1
Spring April 1
  1. Students should review the listing of internship sites on the BS-IHS website http://www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/internships/descriptions and mention any placements that they are interested in on their application.
  2. After the application is received the student will meet with the internship coordinator to establish an appropriate, supervised placement that will further their education and professional objectives.
  3. Students must enroll in HSV 4900 and attend the internship seminar.
  4. Students engaged in an internship must give evidence of having health insurance at the time of course enrollment.
  5. Liability insurance coverage will be provided by the University through a fee assessed at the time of enrollment in HSV 4900.
  6. Students must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enroll in HSV 4900 and to complete an internship. If a student misses the minimum GPA the student will be given one semester to achieve the 2.5 before taking the course. If a student is unable to achieve the 2.5 GPA in one semester the student will be removed from the program barring hardship circumstances. If hardship circumstances are present the case will be reviewed by the Internship Coordinator, the Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs.

Students who are registered, certified, or licensed healthcare professionals may pursue a clinical experience providing it exposes the student to the development of new skills, or is in a situation outside their usual employment.

Capstone Project in Health Services (HSV 4895)

The capstone project provides students an opportunity to design and complete a project in health services. It may be selected only by students who have completed at least one year of employment at a healthcare or health-related organization. The capstone project is completed over one semester, typically the student’s final semester of his/her undergraduate career.

The capstone project requires students to conceive, plan, and implement a special project in an area within the scope of interdisciplinary health services. Capstone projects may take many different forms. Some examples are: analysis of a health informatics system, clinical review of a therapeutic intervention, implementation of community or public health services, review of ethical considerations in a specific healthcare setting, assessment of public health policy, or an educational program development.

Students will work in small groups under the supervision of an IHS capstone project instructor. Enrollment in the capstone project course requires departmental approval from the IHS internship supervisor. If you have at least one year of healthcare experience and desire to take the capstone project course, email Kathy Lewis Ginebaugh (kathy.lewis@wmich.edu) for more information.

Students must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enroll in HSV 4895 to complete a capstone project. If a student misses the minimum GPA the student will be given one semester to achieve the 2.5 GPA before taking the course. If the student is unable to achieve the 2.5 GPA in one semester the student will be removed from the program barring hardship circumstances. If hardship circumstances are present the case will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs.

Health and Human Services Independent Research (HSV 4890)

Restricted to certified, licensed, or registered health providers, this course requires the completion of a credible research project related to a current issue in health and human services.

If a healthcare provider chooses HSV 4890: Independent Research (3 hours), the project must conform to the following standards:

The student must select a research committee consisting of a faculty mentor knowledgeable in the field of inquiry and a reader who will act as a resource person (the resource person may work outside of the University).

  1. The research project must be approved by the Program Coordinator at the beginning of the senior year.
  2. The completion of the research project must be documented in a paper written in the professional or academic style appropriate to the discipline and presented in a public forum approved by the Program Coordinator.
  3. Students must have the minimum of a 2.5 GPA to enroll in HSV 4890 and conduct independent research. If a student misses the minimum GPA the student will be given one semester to achieve the 2.5 GPA before taking the course. If the student is unable to achieve the 2.5 GPA in one semester the student will be removed from the program barring hardship circumstances. If hardship circumstances are present the case will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs.

 

Admission

General Program, Clinical Practice in Health Focus, and pre-clinical program tracks:

Students are admitted into the General, Clinical Practice in Health Focus, or the pre-clinical program tracks in consultation with their advisor once they complete a minimum of 30 academic credits and completion of the pre-professional requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

Please contact your advisor for official admission into the program after completing the pre-professional requirements.

Audiology, Occupational Therapy (4+1 program), Orientation & Mobility and Vision Rehabilitation:

Admittance to any BS-IHS accelerated degree program requires acceptance into that graduate program. This usually occurs during the junior year, although students may apply to the Occupational Therapy 4+1 program earlier. All of the accelerated degree programs have some courses that count toward both the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree. Students are advised to consult information from the graduate departments for more information. Please see the links below.

Graduate Accelerated Degree Programs (all of the programs below require a separate application and are competitive)

Audiology http://www.wmich.edu/speech-audiology/academics/grad/accelerated 

Occupational Therapy (4+1) http://www.wmich.edu/healthservices/academics/bs-ot 
(Students must be accepted into the Occupational Therapy program; students begin occupational therapy courses as an undergraduate receiving a BS-IHS degree and an OT master’s degree).

Orientation and Mobility (Blindness and Low Vision Studies) http://www.wmich.edu/visionstudies/academics/accelerated 

Visual Rehabilitation (Blindness and Low Vision Studies) http://www.wmich.edu/visionstudies/academics/accelerated

Academic Advising

The College of Health and Human Services provides advising to all students who wish to enroll in and who are admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services program. Students should contact an advisor as early as possible. Advisors will assist student in program planning, and in the selection of a particular program track, concentration, or academic minor. Failure to meet with an advisor on a regular basis may result in difficulty in completing the program in a timely manner.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the University’s graduation requirements. In addition, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5, with no less than a “C” in any IHS professional core course. Students may repeat no more than once, one course in the IHS professional core. Specific program requirements to follow.

The General BS-IHS Curriculum


Students must successfully complete the University’s General Education Proficiencies and Distribution requirements.

Pre-Professional Requirements


Students must complete all the Pre-Professional Requirements.

Ethics (one of the following)


Capstone Coursework (see “More about Capstone Coursework” above)


Students must complete one of the following courses:

Specialized Knowledge (minors or concentration)


The Professional Core will be complemented by specialized knowledge in a concentration or academic minor.

Academic Minors


A variety of minors are available to students, here are some examples. Pleae choose carefully based on your plans for the future. The minors that are marked with an * are tied to specific roles in health care.

  • Addiction Studies (leads to a national certification)*
  • Communications
  • Gerontology
  • Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM)*
  • Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness
  • Management*
  • Non Profit Leadership (leads to a national certification)*
  • Peace Corps Health Prep Minor*
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Hearing Processes*

Concentrations


Students may focus on areas that reflect their interest. Students who elect a concentration will do so in consultation with their program advisor. This emphasis will be designed to fit the student’s individual learning objectives. It must consist of a minimum of 14 semester hours, at least 9 of which must be from 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level course work. All plans must be pre-approved by an advisor.

BS-IHS - Clinical Practice in Health track


The specialized knowledge of the Clinical Practice in Health track optimizes the clinical training that students who are licensed, certified or registered in an allied health profession have previously received. Graduates of an accredited allied health associate’s degree program who hold a professional license, certification, or registration (after having successfully passed a state and/or nationally recognized examination) are eligible for the BS-IHS Clinical Practice in Health track. Students choosing this option will be awarded transfer credit on a course-by-course basis in accordance with the University policies for prior general education, sciences, and electives. In addition, a prior learning assessment will determine the student’s eligibility to receive up to 18 hours of upper division credit for the following two courses:

Requirements:


The BS-IHS Clinical Practice in Health track consists of the same pre-professional requirements, IHS professional core, and capstone requirements as the general program. HSV 3100 and HSV 3200 complete the specialized knowledge for this track. Students in this track also usually qualify for a transfer of credit that satisfy a capstone course among other coursework.

BS-IHS - Pre-Physician Assistant


The Western Michigan University Department of Physician Assistant recommends the following courses in the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services to adequately prepare students to apply to the Physician Assistant program. However, completion of this track does not guarantee admission to the Physician Assistant Graduate program.

Pre-Professional Requirements


Students must complete all the courses in the Pre-Professional Requirements.

Ethics (one of the following)

Capstone Courses (one of the following)


Students must complete one of the following courses:

Pre-Physician Assistant Specialized Knowledge Courses


Pre-Audiology Track


Students pursuing the BS-IHS who are interested in applying to the Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) may take a set of courses through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in preparation for that program. Once they have completed the BS-IHS Professional Core courses in their junior year they can apply for the accelerated degree program. If accepted into the graduate program through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, their final 12 credits of the BS-IHS will also be applied to the Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) graduate degree. If not accepted students must meet with their advisor to plan for completion of the BS-IHS degree including a capstone course.

Admission to the undergraduate degree track does not guarantee admission to the doctorate program either as an accelerated degree student or as a regular graduate student.

Ethics (one of the following)

Accelerated Degree - Doctorate of Audiology (AuD)


A student who has been admitted into the Accelerated Degree - Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) will take the following 12 credits during their senior year and apply the credits to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • SPPA 5801 - Pediatric Audiology Credits: 3 hours
  • SPPA 6030 - Anatomy of Audition and Balance Credits: 2 hours
  • SPPA 6210 - Diagnostic Audiology I Credits 4 hours
  • SPPA 6220 - Hearing Aids Credits: 3 hours

Pre-Blindness and Low Vision Studies Track


Students pursuing the BS-IHS who are interested in applying to the Master of Arts in Orientation and Mobility for Adults or Master of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy may take a set of courses in preparation for those programs. Once they have completed the BS-IHS Professional Core courses in their junior year, they can apply for the accelerated degree program of their choice. If accepted into the graduate program through the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies their final 12 credits of the BS-IHS will also be applied to the respective program, otherwise students will take an additional 12 credit hours toward a minor or advisor approved concentration.

Although the classes below are the same, the Master of Arts in Orientation and Mobility Services and the Master of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy are two different master’s degrees. Please refer to the individual programs for specific information.

Ethics (one of the following)

Capstone Courses (one of the following)


Students must complete one of the following courses:

Accelerated Degree - Blindness and Low Vision Studies


A student who has been admitted into one of the Blindness and Low Vision Studies accelerated degree programs will take the following 12 credits during their senior year and apply the credits to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Track


Students pursuing the BS-IHS who are interested in applying to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program may take a set of courses in preparation for that program. Once they have completed the BS-IHS pre-professional requirement courses they can apply for the 4+1 program. If accepted into the graduate program through the Department of Occupational Therapy they can apply the Occupational Therapy set of specialized knowledge courses to the 4+1 program. Students who are not accepted into the 4+1 program must meet with their advisors to plan for the completion of their BS-IHS degree. This plan must include a capstone course.

Occupational Therapy 4+1 program


A student who has been admitted into the 4+1 program through the Department of Occupational Therapy will begin 42 hours of professional occupational therapy education classes (listed below). Once these courses are completed students begin their 30 hours of graduate level courses.

  • OT: Approved Elective Credits: 3 hours

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