Health Sciences

About the health sciences major

The Department of Health Sciences offers a variety of academic programs for students, both those seeking employment directly out of the undergraduate program and those intending to pursue graduate or professional study. Students pursuing the health sciences major will have the opportunity to pursue specialty certificates in gerontology, rehabilitation and disability studies, or nutrition.

Studies and abilities this major develops: communication skills, active listening skills, attention to detail, knowledge of business and legal considerations in health care, and a foundation in social sciences.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Aging and the older person
  • Diversity issues in health and rehab
  • Ethical issues in rehab services
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Legal and regulatory aspects in rehab
  • Program evaluation methods in rehab

Possible careers

  • Disability advocate
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Physical therapist*
  • Physician assistant*
  • Rehabilitation counselor*
  • Wellness program director

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Health care services
  • Health clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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