Environmental Health and Sustainability Programs: New Freshmen, New and Internal Transfer Admission Requirements: Admission to this academic program is limited and is based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Factors that may be considered include, but are not limited to: courses completed, cumulative GPA, hours completed, personal interview or written statement, and samples of work completed. For additional information on minimum requirements for admission and the application and selection process, visit IllinoisState.edu/Majors or contact the undergraduate advisor for the intended major.
New freshmen and transfer students desiring admission to the Health Promotion and Education (HPE) program must meet the admission requirements established by the University. Those students wishing to be admitted into the School Health Education sequence of HPE must apply for and be admitted into the University Professional Studies program. (See the University-Wide Teacher Education section in this Undergraduate Catalog.). Students currently enrolled at the University who wish to change their major to HPE must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, though this minimum GPA does not guarantee admission. Transfer students and internal transfer students should schedule an appointment with the departmental academic advisor for information.
Health Informatics and Management Program: Admission and Retention in the RHIT-HIM Online Sequence: To be admitted and retained in the RHIT-HIM Online Sequence, a student must:
- Be admitted to Illinois State University
- Be a graduate of an associate degree program in health information technology accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- Be currently certified as a Registered Health Information Technician
- Complete the Associate Degree in Arts (A.A.) or an Associate Degree in Science (A.S.) or the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum
- Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA for retention in the HIM major
- Earn grades of C or better in all HIM major courses.
The Department offers honors study to qualified students who will pursue an individualized course of study. To qualify, students must be declared majors in the Department, have completed 30 hours of credit, have and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.50 GPA; and have and maintain a 3.50 GPA in the major. To graduate with Departmental Honors, students must be a member of the Honors Program and complete 12 credit hours of honors work in Health Sciences courses selected from at least two of the following options: Honors Undergraduate Research, Honors Independent Study, in-course Honors, or Honors Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. Students interested in the Honors Program must contact the departmental advisor to complete an orientation and planning meeting.
Major in Environmental Health and Sustainability
Environmental Health specialists identify and resolve problems that occur when humans interact with their environment. Some of these environmental problems include indoor and outdoor air pollution, water pollution, food contamination, hazardous wastes, insect-borne diseases, occupational hazards, and chemical or biological terrorism. Environmental Health specialists identify, implement, and evaluate the best methods of controlling or preventing these problems. Employment opportunities include private consulting firms; industry; non-profit organizations; and local, state, or federal agencies. The Environmental Health program is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.
Standards for Progress in the Major
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and earn grades of C or better in all Health Sciences courses to be retained in the major.
Minor in Environmental Health and Sustainability
30 total hours required
15 credit hours in Health Sciences required
Take 6 credit hours from the following
- HSC 248
- HSC 249 (if not taken to satisfy the above requirements)
- HSC 252
- HSC 254
- HSC 257
- HSC 258 (if not taken to satisfy the above requirements)
- HSC 322
- HSC 350
Required courses outside of Health Sciences
Major in Health Promotion and Education
Health Promotion Specialists and Health Educators work with people in schools and community settings. They promote positive health behaviors by giving presentations, planning and implementing programs, preparing instructional materials, assessing community and individual health needs, teaching and training, coordinating community/school efforts, health coaching, advocating for healthy policies, leading coalitions, and acting as a resource person. The School Health and Promotion Education curriculum is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Public Health curriculum has been approved through combined review of two professional organizations.
Standards for Progress in the Major
School Health Education Sequence: All students should have a projected program plan completed in consultation with the departmental academic advisor. A minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.50 is required for admission to Student Teaching as well as for retention in the HPE major. Admission to Professional Studies is contingent upon meeting admission requirements to University-wide Teacher Education and recommendation of the HPE faculty and the School Health Education Coordinator.
Public Health Sequence: All students should have a projected program plan completed in consultation with the departmental academic advisor. A minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.50 and grades of C or better in all 60 credit hours required by the major are required for retention in the Public Health program as well as for enrollment in Professional Practice, HSC 398A02.
Students in the Health Promotion and Education major must complete one of the following sequences.
Public Health Sequence
School Health Education Sequence
This sequence is part of the program leading to a K-12 secondary endorsement.
Integrative Health and Wellness
The purpose of this sequence is to prepare HPE students for work in health & wellness coaching, integrative (functional, holistic) health, worksite wellness, and other wellness settings. This sequence emphasizes wellness, optimizing human health, prevention, healthy aging, holistic approaches, and complementary and alternative medicine. Students are prepared in HPE core sciences & competencies such as health data analysis, needs assessment, and program planning with an added emphasis on human nutrition, human biology, kinesiology, psychology and health & wellness coaching. The new sequence will prepare graduates for professional certifications as a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) from the National Wellness Institute and as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach from the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).
Minor in Health and Wellness Coaching
The Minor in Health and Wellness Coaching provides students with a foundation in coaching knowledge and skills and will complement studies in various majors. Students who aspire to work with people one-on-one and to help them reach their health goals may be particularly interested in this minor. Completion of the minor will prepare students for health and wellness coaching certifications and advanced study.
Standards for Progress in the Minor:
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to progress in the minor.
- A grade of C or better must be achieved in all courses in the minor.
21 credit hours total required
- No more than 9 credit hours taken for the minor may count toward a major.
- Other courses approved by the minor director may be counted toward the minor.
Minor in Public Health
The Minor in Public Health is designed to prepare students in core competencies needed by professionals working on population-based health issues. Public health professionals work to improve the quality and length of life in diverse communities by preventing health problems before they occur. They do this through supporting healthy environments, promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles, preventing injuries, and preserving and protecting important resources that support human health. Public health is an interdisciplinary field built upon knowledge in environmental health, health behavior/promotion, epidemiology, medicine and other areas of study. This minor provides students with a foundation in key public health courses and, in combination with various majors, can create opportunities for employment in public health settings and graduate study in a Master of Public Health program or other health disciplines.
New and Internal Transfer Requirements: Admission to this academic program is limited and is based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Factors that may be considered include, but are not limited to: courses completed, cumulative GPA, hours completed, personal interview or written statement, and samples of work completed. For additional information on minimum requirements for admission and the application and selection process, visit IllinoisState.edu/Majors or contact the undergraduate advisor for the intended program.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to progress in the minor.
21 credit hours total are required
Take 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following
- Required and elective courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- No more than 9 credit hours taken in the minor may count toward a major program of study within the Department of Health Sciences.
Other courses approved by the director of the minor may be counted toward the minor.
Major in Health Informatics and Management
Health information managers are professionals responsible for the management of health data and health information systems in health care organizations and organizations that use health data. They ensure data quality; code and classify data; maintain data security and privacy; design, implement and manage health information systems (both manual and electronic); evaluate medical care data to monitor quality and risk; and manage support personnel.
The HIM Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (www.cahiim.org). Graduates of the program are eligible and expected to write the national registry examination. Successful completion of the registry examination leads to the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) professional designation.
All Health Informatics and Management students enrolling in HSC 298A03 and HSC 398A03 are required to pass a criminal background check. The complete policy is outlined in the Health Informatics and Management Student Handbook.
Standards for Progress in the Major
To be retained in the HIM major a student must:
- Be in good academic standing in the University with a minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA
- Have a grade of C or better in the following courses, or their equivalents, to enroll in the HIM professional courses: HSC 105 and KNR 181 and KNR 182
- Earn grades of C or better in all major courses
- All Health Informatics and Management students enrolling in HSC 298A03 and HSC 398A03 are required to pass a criminal background check.
Students in the Health Informatics and Management major must complete one of the following sequences.
Health Informatics and Management Sequence
This sequence is designed for and restricted to students who are taking HIM courses on campus.
Registered Health Information Technician to Health Informatics and Management (RHIT – HIM) Online Sequence
This sequence is designed for and restricted to students who have completed an associate degree program in health information technology (HIT) and are currently certified as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). The Sequence is designed to give these students an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Informatics and Management in six semesters. All HIM courses will be delivered online via distance learning. Students will be expected to complete one course each semester.
Health information technology courses are held as Proficiency Credit for the student until successful completion of three consecutive semesters of Health Informatics and Management upper-division courses from: HSC 326, HSC 327, HSC 328, HSC 329, or HSC 330. Once these courses have been successfully completed with a grade of C or better through enrollment, thirty-three (33) credit hours are placed on the student’s transcript as Proficiency Credit for the following Health Informatics and Management courses: HSC 105, HSC 201, HSC 202, HSC 204, HSC 210, HSC 212, HSC 213, HSC 230, and HSC 298A03; KNR 181 and KNR 182.
Major in Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory scientists work as a part of the medical team. They analyze body fluids and perform tests using highly specialized equipment to diagnose diseases and monitor treatment. They are largely employed in hospitals and private clinical laboratories and industry. Graduates of the program are eligible for national certification.
Persons currently certified as a medical laboratory technician can complete a bachelors degree in MLS. To qualify, students must be certified as a medical laboratory technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology or by American Medical Technologists and they must hold an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree. These students must complete the same graduation requirements as other MLS students. After completing a semester of course work, students are awarded proficiency credit for HSC 260, HSC 261, HSC 262, HSC 263, HSC 301, HSC 308, HSC 398A22, HSC 398A23, HSC 398A24, HSC 398A27, HSC 398A28 and HSC 398A29.
Professional Practice is provided off-campus in clinical facilities affiliated with the University. The experience involves technical instruction in clinical hematology, chemistry, blood banking, microbiology and other aspects of laboratory medicine. Students are responsible to provide their own transportation and housing during the Professional Practice experience. Students apply for acceptance into the clinical experience during the spring of the junior year. Students must have maintained a cumulative 2.50 GPA and have received a grade of C or better in all required courses to be eligible for professional practice. See the Medical Laboratory Science Student Handbook for more information and a current list of professional practice locations.
Refer to the Medical Laboratory Science Student Handbook for the following information:
- A criminal background check is required before starting a Professional Practice.
- Evidence of immunity and/or proof of immunization against several viral agents is required for students entering professional practice.
Standards for Progress in the Major
Medical Laboratory Science majors must earn grades of C or better in all courses required by the major, including prerequisites, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better to be retained in the program.
The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, www.naacls.org, 5600 N. River Road, Ste. 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, phone (773) 714-8880.
Major in Occupational Safety and Health
Safety professionals apply principles drawn from such disciplines as technology, the sciences, management, communication, health, and education to reduce the risk of harm to people, property and the environment. Safety professionals have the knowledge and skills to identify, evaluate, and cost-effectively control or prevent the hazards that can produce harm to people, property and the environment. Successful safety professionals are effective communicators with strong “people skills.” Safety professionals are employed in a variety of public and private sector assignments, including manufacturing, insurance, construction, government, and consulting. The Safety program is accredited by ABET, 415 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Phone: (410) 347-7700.
Standards for Progress in the Major
Students must earn grades of C or better in Health Sciences courses required by the major and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for retention in the program. All students should have a projected plan of study completed in consultation with the departmental academic advisor.
Minor in Occupational Safety and Health
22 total hours required