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Prepare for Non-Clinical Jobs in Health Care with TROY’s Interprofessional Health Sciences Degree

If you want a career centered around health, but you don’t want to work in hands-on patient care, the B.S. in interprofessional health sciences degree program at Troy University may be ideal for you. Through the interprofessional health sciences degree, you’ll be prepared for nonclinical health care careers and health-related jobs. You’ll customize your degree by choosing three minors that match your career goals, whether that’s to work as a health education specialist, a human resource management coordinator, director or coordinator in a health care setting, or health care management or administration. As an interprofessional health sciences major in this hands-on, multidisciplinary program, you’ll gain a holistic understanding of health care and health-related fields. You’ll grow your leadership skills and be prepared to explore and implement strategies to help solve today’s health challenges. You’ll also learn to communicate and collaborate as part of a team of professionals in your future career.

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Hands-on Assignments Lead to Real-World Experience

Delivered through TROY’s College of Health Sciences (CHS), the bachelor’s degree in interprofessional health sciences is tailored to give you both the scientific fundamentals and real-world experience you need to be successful. 

For example, you’ll be introduced to a range of careers in the health science/health service field in your Occupational Health Sciences course, so you can best determine your area of interest. You’ll also have several classes as an interprofessional health sciences major that offer hands-on assignments. In your Guided Independent Study, which serves as an internship, you’ll engage in 135 hours of hands-on experience in a health care setting that matches your career goals

Build Skills and Grow Your Network Through Clubs & Organizations

By getting involved in health-related clubs and organizations as an interprofessional health science major, you’ll develop new skills, boost your resume and build your network. One in particular that is beneficial for interprofessional health sciences students is Phi Epsilon Kappa, a national professional fraternity for individuals in health-related fields. 

Through PEK and other TROY student organizations and clubs, you can connect with others who share your passions and goals and participate in community engagement, professional/academic activities and social events.
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Bachelor’s Degree in Interprofessional Health Sciences Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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B.S. Interprofessional Health Sciences Locations

Get the flexibility you need by taking courses online, in class or through a blend of both. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

New Health Sciences Building To Serve as Catalyst for Learning, Research

As a student in the interprofessional health sciences program, you’ll benefit from the new, three-story, 60,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences building. Opening in 2024 on the Troy Campus, the health sciences building will provide you with the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to enhance your learning and prepare you to compete locally, regionally and globally for jobs with an interprofessional health science degree.

You can also take advantage of other opportunities the new building will offer, such as collaborating with students and faculty in other disciplines and engaging in research and service-learning projects.

Through events, conferences, workshops and guest speakers hosted at the health sciences building, you’ll connect with the local community — and the global health network — and be exposed to health care trends and innovations.
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The new Health Sciences building, which will house the School of Nursing and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, will serve as a catalyst for learning and research while addressing the need for qualified health professionals throughout the state.

Faculty Profiles

Dr. Teresa Johnson

Dr. Teresa Johnson

Dr. Teresa Johnson is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with over 30 years of clinical practice and teaching experience. She holds a doctorate in clinical nutrition (DCN) from Rutgers University. Her clinical practice is outpatient pediatric clinics for Children’s Rehabilitation Services and pool dietitian for Encompass Health. Her research is pediatric nutrition, anthropometry, complementary and alternative medical therapies and blended tube feeding.
Dr. Candice Howard-Smith

Dr. Candice Howard-Smith

Dr. Candice Howard-Smith received a Ph.D. in Exercise Science with a Motor Development cognate and a Special Education emphasis from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Foundations of Education from Troy State University. She teaches in the areas of motor development, adapted physical education, physical education and graduate research. Dr. Howard-Smith serves as the Undergraduate Coordinator for Teacher Education in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion which serves as the liaison to the College of Education for pedagogy students.

Customize Your B.S. in Interprofessional Health Sciences

Tailor your B.S. in Interprofessional Health Sciences to your career goals by choosing three College of Health Sciences (CHS) minors — or by choosing two CHS minors and one outside of CHS.

  • Case Management
  • Coaching 
  • Exercise Science 
  • Foundations of Health Science
  • Health Promotion 
  • Human Services 
  • Nutrition 
  • Social Work and Human Services

Approved Minors Outside CHS
  • Inter-Cultural Competency 
  • Medical Studies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Promotion
  • Advertising Media
  • Communications Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Leadership Development
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation & Disabilities Studies
  • Substance Addiction Education

FAQ About the Interprofessional Health Sciences Program

Learn more about the field of health science and our program.
What is an interprofessional health sciences degree?
An interprofessional health sciences degree is an academic degree that prepares graduates for a range of nonclinical roles in health care, such as administration, management, research, education or policy. It is a broad field that covers both natural science and behavioral science and spans a range of topics, such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, nutrition, exercise science and public health.
What can you do with an interprofessional health sciences degree?
An interprofessional health sciences degree combines both natural science and behavioral science related to health, giving you a solid foundation for a wide range of nonclinical roles in health care. You could work in areas such as administration, management, research, education, policy or communication. Depending on your goals, you could expand your career options by pursuing a graduate or professional degree in health fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health or physical therapy.
What does interprofessional mean in health care?
Interprofessional health takes a coordinated approach to patient care by bringing together professionals from various backgrounds. But it goes beyond just having health professionals in the same room to having them actively engage in teamwork and consultation. This approach aims to deliver the highest quality of care by leveraging the unique skills of each health professional and effectively communicating.

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