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Romano

“I-health has given me a broad view of the health care system and the intricacies and necessity of interdisciplinary work. This education, I am certain, will help me later in life in any field." —Gabrielle Romano

Rosner

"I feel as though I have been exposed more to concepts that I can use throughout my life, which I can develop and be aware of as I continue my education after I graduate. I now know that I want to go on to earn my Master’s in Public Health and I do not believe that I would be on this track if I did not choose to go into I-Health. This decision of changing my major has so greatly impacted not only my life while in college, but I think it has had a great impact for where I will be going with the rest of my life." —Samantha Rosner

Chessare

"An extremely influential moment in my career was when I chose to become an i-Health major. After exploring my interests my freshman year as an undeclared student, I realized that I lacked a passion for certain majors such as business, engineering, history, etc. I realized that I was extremely passionate about health and wellness and officially becoming an i-Health major during my sophomore year was certainly a defining moment for me. " —Jason Chessare

Yarbrough

"At the inter-collegiate transfer meeting I realized that i-Health was the major for me. It has opened my eyes to a new career, a new way of thinking and I have met some of the best people on this campus. During the course of my i-Health studies, I have learned more about public health and especially more about preventative medicine, which I fell in love with. The balance of subject matter in the i-health curriculum helped me to unearth what I really want to do with my life and to propel me to take the next step going to graduate school to obtain my Master’s in Public Health, which was not the plan just four years earlier." —Maggie Yarbrough

i-Health Program

The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers an interdisciplinary degree program in health, called Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (i-Health). The i-Health program prepares undergraduate students for a wide range of graduate study in health-related fields, and pre-professional study for a range of biomedical careers.

Societal health trends such as inactivity, obesity, and diabetes create greater demand for understanding health behavior change, wellness promotion, and disability prevention. The i-Health customized, interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to examine today's complex health issues from perspectives in the social and behavioral sciences within three concentrations:

Concentrations

  • Health and Aging
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Health Diversity

"Ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are healthcare related. Healthcare will generate 3.2 million new wage and salary jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population."

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

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