2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrative Human Health, BS

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About the Program

Apply NowThe Integrative Human Health degree provides a number of paths to students who wish to work in a broad scope of allied health or public health-related careers. Graduates are well prepared to enter many clinical and non-clinical occupations within the health care sector, and/or to pursue master’s degrees in health and human services or doctoral level training in health and physiology research, public health, or health education. Students can also pursue pre-professional tracks preparing them for entry into advanced degree programs such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and additional health related programs. See the Biological Sciences webpage or consult with your departmental advisor for information on the tracks available in Integrative Human Health. 

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (30-31 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (56-57 Credits)

  • Integrative Human Health related coursework (32 credits) Students must take a minimum of Integrative Human Health related course work towards the degree if they are following a general track (see below). Specific tracks are presented that provide course work important for entry into a career path (ex. wellness/fitness or administrative/communication) or a professional degree program in Integrative Human Health (ex. pre-physical therapy, or pre-occupational therapy). Our tracks focus on allied and public health, students should work in consultation with the department and academic advisor to identify appropriate courses to meet their goals.
  • Free Electives (24-25 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.  Most students fulfill this requirement by taking ENGL 10500. HST 30800 Health Studies Practicum will also fulfil this requirement. See the Experiential Learning Course List for additional courses meeting this requirement.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Area of Study Course (See Note 2)
  • Free Elective or Area of Study Course
  • Free Elective or Area of Study Course

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: The plan of study shown is for a generalized health studies track. Students will take a minimum of 32 additional credits of Health Studies related course work towards the degree beyond the core if they are following a general track.

Note 2:  Area of studies courses will be different depending upon the track chosen and students should consult the list of suggested courses.

Note 3:  For students pursuing a pre-professional track (any track with pre-as a prefix) should take the BIOL 21300, BIOL 21400 sequence rather than SCI 10500.

Students in Integrative Human Health take a core set of specific courses (33 credits), general education courses (30-31 credits), and a minimum of 32 credits of Integrative Human Health related course work. Students can take additional courses important for entry into a career path (wellness/fitness, administrative) or a professional degree program in health (pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy). Tracks for additional health care fields of study can also be designed in consultation with the Biological Sciences Department.

At least 1 Area of Study course must be classified as an experiential learning course. Students must take at least one credit of EL course work. Most students fulfill this requirement by taking ENGL 10500. HST 30800 Health Studies Practicum will also fulfill this requirement.

At least 8 credit hours of Area of Study courses must be 30000 level or higher.

Many Health Studies majors in the general plan of study seek a business or other minor which can be as much as 24 credits. Minors that may be of interest to Health Studies students include: Biology, Chemistry, Creative Writing as a Profession, Foods and Nutrition, Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Recreational Sports Management, Sociology, and Statistics. The Health Studies degree offers enough flexibility in elective requirements that it can accommodate a minor of this type. The maximum credit hour track is in pre-physical therapy with 41 additional credits of suggested course work.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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