Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is a versatile degree that provides students with preparation for work and/or graduate school in the health field. This interdisciplinary degree is for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of the science of human health, health promotion, and exercise/sport science. There are two concentrations (areas of specialization) available for the Health Sciences student: (A) health promotion; or, (B) exercise and sport science. Courses offered in these areas include population health, diseases, motor learning and development, psychology of sport and physical activity, general nutrition, first aid and safety, as well as a variety of other health topics.
Students are encouraged to supplement the Health Sciences major with a minor in: (a) nutritional science, (b) coaching, or (c) sport marketing and management.
Graduates with the health promotion concentration may pursue employment in the public health field through local, state, and federal government agencies, schools, community organizations, insurance companies, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, etc… and may pursue graduate programs in public health, healthcare administration, law or related clinical professions such as nursing, social work or counseling.
Graduates with the Exercise and Sport Science concentration may pursue employment and/or graduate school in a variety of exercise and sports related occupations such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, sport psychology or coaching and sport management. Students seeking admission to professional programs from either concentration will need careful advising and perhaps additional coursework to optimize admission to desired graduate degree programs.
The Mission of the Division of Allied Health Sciences at Indiana University Kokomo is to develop lifelong learners who are engaged in leadership, scholarship, and service within their communities. They will be influential in the health and well-being of persons across diverse populations. The Division of Allied Health Sciences prepares practitioners who combine the art and science of their health professions with high ethical and moral standards. These skillful professionals display compassion and respect in their decisions, communications, and actions.
The Division of Allied Health Sciences is committed to its students and the community by offering programs which enrich, encourage growth, lead to success and promote life-long learning. In accordance with the mission statement, the AHLT subscribes to the following student outcomes:
- To prepare students to function as members of a health profession’s team
- To provide effective didactic education that offers the student knowledge required of an allied health professional.
- To provide the skills required to function as an allied health science professional.
- To instill the attitudes and ethics required of an allied health science professional
- Health Education Specialist Certification: The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) – http://www.nchec.org
- The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) – http://www.sophe.org
- Medical Fitness Association – http://www.medicalfitness.org
- American Council on Exercise – http://www.acefitness.com
- American Public Health Association – http://www.apha.org
- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity – http://www.naspspa.org/
- American Kinesiology Association – http://www.americankinesiology.org/american-kinesiology-association