Integrative Health Science
Are graduate studies available for this program? No
Can you major in this program? Yes
Can you minor in this program? Yes
Emphasis within the major: elements of health and disease, elements of the physical body, effects of lifestyle factors on the body, how people manage health and disease within society
This department prepares students for careers in healthcare.
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The integrative health science major explores the anatomy and physiology of the human body and factors that play a role in medicine and disease prevention.
The curriculum integrates the sciences of biology, chemistry, physics, physiology and nutrition and applies them to the study of the human body. Courses combine traditional classroom lecture with practical application of concepts through laboratory, clinical and field experiences for a unique style of learning, and are designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for a future in healthcare.
A Distinctive Program
Integrative health science at Stetson University has a distinctive approach to teaching health science. Classes include hands-on experience with the human body through laboratory experiences and client interactions. Students have an opportunity to work closely with professors who conduct biochemical and physiological research.
In addition, the courses taken for the major or minor are tailored to the student's individual needs for future career or educational goals. Regardless of your area of interest in the diverse healthcare field, you will have a place in the integrative health science program.
Academics and Research
Students can conduct independent research with permission from their professor and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Each student is required to conduct a senior research project, which is the paramount opportunity for a student to demonstrate leadership in the field of healthcare. Integrative health science students often present their senior research at the Stetson Showcase or at professional regional and national conferences.
Facilities and opportunities
The integrative health science department is housed in the Wilson Athletic Center, which provides students with a fully equipped, modern learning environment that includes classrooms, laboratories and consultation space.
The department also houses The Healing Garden, a medicinal plant garden home to over 60 medicinal plants. The garden is used for education, recreation, departmental events, research and in the department's elective course on integrative medicine, and in the core introductory course, Health and Wellness. Community members are encouraged to visit the garden for education. Culinary herbs are harvested and delivered to the Commons for use in food preparation. The garden allows for interdisciplinary involvement of many academic departments. Many integrative health science students volunteer in the garden throughout the year to receive the benefits of physical activity, stress reduction and health education.
Preparation for graduate study
This department prepares students to pursue graduate study and research opportunities in health science, nutrition, exercise physiology, public health and related fields.
Awards and Recognition
Our faculty includes a recipient of the McEniry award for teaching excellence. Faculty include:
- Laura Gunn, Ph.D., Duke University; biostatistics, public health, global health, evidence synthesis, community program evaluation, clinical trials, health outcomes research, chronic diseases, Bayesian biostatistics
- Matthew Schrager, Ph.D., University of Maryland; muscle physiology, aging and mobility disability
- Michele Skelton, Ph.D., Auburn University; Hollis Chair of Health and Wellness; lactate studies, integrative medicine, healthcare ethics
- Tara Schuwerk, Ph.D., Arizona State University; health communication, food studies, intercultural communication, qualitative theory and methodology
- Sarah Brunnig, M.S., University of Georgia; nutrition sciences, health and wellness
- K. Michael Keil, M.D., Temple University School of Medicine; emergency medicine, anatomical studies and their clinical correlations, undergraduate and medical student education, integration of allopathic and alternative treatment modalities
One of the ways Stetson University fosters excellence in undergraduate programs is through the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience program. Each year undergraduate scholars are selected in a university-wide competition for grants to work with a faculty mentor on a summer research project.
Undergraduate awards and honors
The department awards a Scholarship and Service Award to the best all-around student with the highest GPA.
Beyond the Classroom
Our students have interned at Advanced Women's Health Specialists, Alvarez Chiropractic, Brooks Rehabilitation, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness at Memorial Hospital and Halifax Medical Center, Central Florida Pediatrics, CORA Rehabilitative Clinics, Mark Hollmann (orthopedics), Florida Hospital DeLand Rehabilitative Services, West Volusia County Wellness Center and West Volusia Pediatrics.
Integrative health science graduates are employed in the healthcare industry in a variety of settings including medicine, physician assistants, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, chiropractic medicine and cardiac rehabilitation. Other graduates have found employment in corporate and hospital-affiliated wellness centers or public health organizations.
Other graduates have pursued graduate study and research opportunities in health science, nutrition, exercise physiology, public health and related fields. They have studied at Stetson University College of Law, University of Florida Medical School, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Virginia Medical School and others, and have completed Master of Science programs in health science and exercise physiology and master and doctoral programs in anatomy, cell biology, nutrition and public health.