2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Applied Health Sciences


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Chairperson: Dr. Linda Behrendt

Department Office: Health and Human Services Building, A432

Department Phone: 812-237-3079

Fax: 812-237-8607

Web site: https://www.indstate.edu/health/department/ahs

E-mail: ahs@indstate.edu

Programs in the Department of Applied Health Sciences focus on the prevention of illness and the promotion of healthy families and behaviors. An ongoing demand exists for competent health educators and specialists in the areas of applied health sciences and research in both the public and private sectors. Course work in the department emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving and teaches students how to influence the psychosocial, physical, and economic well-being of individuals and families in a changing global community.  Experiential learning opportunities are available through internships. The goal of the department for such experiential learning opportunities is to allow students to establish a solid foundation in a variety of health-related professions through education and training in the classroom and in the field. Graduates from programs in the Department of Applied Health Sciences are well-prepared for careers in public and private settings.

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Degrees Offered

Students selecting any of the majors in the department earn a Bachelor degree upon successful completion of the University and programs requirement. Candidates for these degrees should consult the University requirements for graduation, including Foundational Studies requirements, described elsewhere in this Catalog. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the department should refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Human Development and Family Science (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Human Development and Family Science is certified by the National Council on Family Relations.  This major involves the study of the theories, research, and educational practices that encourage optimal human development within the context of family life. Students gain a life course perspective by which human development and family behavior is understood and improved.  Classes explore how children, youth, adults, and families develop, change, and face challenges throughout life (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and late life). Upon graduation students have met the requirements for the Certified Family Life Educator designation, which is nationally recognized. Graduates may find employment in settings such as Head Start programs, social service agencies, family crisis centers, Cooperative Extension Service, parent education programs, senior activity centers, foster care programs, runaway centers, hospitals, adoption agencies, and family planning organizations.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/hdfs

Nutrition and Wellness (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

The Nutrition and Wellness major prepares students who do not wish to seek the registered dietitian (RD) credential, but would still like to work in the area of nutrition in health and wellness settings.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/nutrition-wellness

Public Health (Bachelor of Public Health, B.P.H.)

The Bachelor of Public Health focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for local, state, national, and global populations.  Students are provided with a solid foundation and background in public health issues and includes core coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health screening, health promotion planning, health program evaluation, research methods, anatomy and physiology, and public administration and policy.  Students will choose additional public health classes such as mental health, substance abuse, human sexuality education, and communicable and chronic disease. Public health students will also complete an internship in a health setting at the local, state, federal or international level. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/bachelor-ph

 

Gerontology Certificate

Students in any major in the Department of Applied Health Sciences may elect to include a certificate in gerontology in their program of study. The 12-credit Gerontology Certificate includes a foundation of the biological aspects of aging, an overview of individual and collective experiences of aging in modern society, the study of how to promote health and wellness among older adults, and an internship working with older adults.

A Gerontology Certificate complements a degree in many fields. For example, public health providers and health educators with knowledge of aging will be able to design the best interventions for the group with the most health issues. Psychologists who know what mental changes are normal as we grow older can more easily identify problems that require treatment. Students in the majors of Exercise Science, Social Work, and Psychology can increase their marketability by highlighting gerontology as an additional area of expertise.

 

Experiential Learning

Faculty in the Department of Applied Health Sciences are dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities through course design, internships, and service-learning projects.

Nutrition and Wellness - This degree prepares students who do not wish to seek the registered dietitian (RD) credential, but would still like to work in the area of nutrition.  Students will take courses in the areas of normal nutrition, community nutrition, lifecycle nutrition, health screening, and foods.  Graduates will be prepared to work in community health/nutrition settings or continue on for an advanced degree.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/nutrition-wellness

Public Health - The internship hours required for this degree are integral to learning hands-on, practical skills required of professionals in the health arena. The experience provides for reflection and understanding of how material learned in college courses apply to real-life situations. Students comment repeatedly on the usefulness of the internship program and how the experience fully prepared them for professional careers or graduate work.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/bachelor-ph

Human Development and Family Science - The internship hours required for this degree are integral to learning hands-on, practical skills required of professionals in the human development and family studies field. The experience provides for reflection and understanding of how material learned in college courses apply to real-life situations. Students comment repeatedly on the usefulness of the internship program and how the experience fully prepared them for professional careers or graduate work.

Additional information is available at https://www.indstate.edu/health/program/hdfs

 

Applied Health Sciences offers a number of scholarships each year to students enrolled in one of our programs.  Information is sent out each year in February.  See the Department Chairperson or an academic advisor for information.

 

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