A Unique Major

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Major in Integrated Health Studies (IHS) is an innovative collaboration of the research and educational expertise in the health sciences across multiple programs, departments, and colleges at UIC. The primary goal of the degree program is to offer a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum that includes relevant core content spanning the life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Students graduating with the Major in Integrated Health Studies in either the Behavioral Health Concentration or the Health and Science Concentration will have a comprehensive understanding of how human health and disease are impacted by culture, social and economic forces, the environment, and personal behavior, as well as an appreciation for health issues that are unique to rural, urban, and global contexts.

Jointly supported by the LAS Departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology, and housed in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Integrated Health Sciences major has the flexibility to accommodate the prerequisite course requirements for a variety of in-demand LAS pre-health academic and professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

The Integrated Health Studies major prepares graduates for entering the job market in a variety of health-related professions with a bachelor’s degree. Graduate and professional pathways include:

  • Healthcare administration
  • Clinical trials design and management
  • Medical product development and sales
  • Health education
  • Public health careers
  • Health informatics
  • Public policy
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Laboratories
  • Patient care advocacy
  • Outpatient care
  • Health related support industries and occupations

The Major in Integrated Health Studies is comprised of courses in Anthropology, Applied Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Disability Studies, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Kinesiology, Nutrition, Public Health, and Sociology.