Health Science

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science

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 three (3) concentrations (areas of specialization) available for the Health Sciences student: (A) Health Promotion; (B) Exercise and Sport Science; or (C) Nutritional 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.

Mission statement

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.

Vision Statement

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:

Goal 1: Provide students the requisite content to excel as health sciences professionals
  • Students demonstrate how exercise impacts health
  • Students demonstrate how nutrition impacts health
  • Students demonstrate various aspects of promoting health
Goal 2: Develop students’ communication skills
  • Students deliver effective oral presentations to diverse audiences
  • Students create coherent written documents for diverse audiences
Goal 3: Introduce students to the research that guides health sciences practices
  • Students use theories, models, frameworks, and research methodologies related to health sciences
  • Students access required health-related information from databases and/or peer-reviewed resources
  • Students analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative research
Goal 4: Facilitate practical application of students’ acquired knowledge
  • Students design, implement, and evaluate health/exercise/sport programs
  • Students participate in health-related advocacy, community service, and/or civic engagement
  • Students develop a professional plan and participate in activities to improve professional competence
Goal 5: Instill in students the attitudes, morality, and ethics required of a health sciences professional
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking
  • Students analyze controversial social, cultural, and/or political factors that impact health
  • Students make moral and ethical judgments

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an essential piece of the overall learning experience at Indiana University Kokomo. You'll find many instances of students and faculty doing scholarly work together in all areas of academic study. Here, Aubrey Sherman has that opportunity as she researches relative age effects with David Hancock, assistant professor of health sciences.

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