Mission and Goals

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is to be a leader in providing high quality education and experiences to undergraduate students for future roles as health professionals.  The program is committed to excellence in the theory and practice of health promotion, health leadership, and sports and exercise science.  The program is also committed to the development of competent, socially sensitive, culturally diverse, and ethically responsible professionals.

Program Goals:

At the completion of the health sciences program students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the major themes for  health into current health care practices
  2. Integrate the political, social, legal, and ethical perspectives to affect health policy
  3. Integrate theory guided, evidence-based practice health care practices for optimum health outcomes

Health Promotion Concentration Objectives (*see competencies below for CHES):

To be able to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in health promotion and promote the overall program goals, graduates of the Health Sciences degree at Indiana University South Bend will be able to:

  1. Utilize the core functions of public health for population health change
  2. Construct interventions to promote health and prevent illness
  3. Evaluate outcome measures related to program effectiveness and accountability

Health Systems Leadership Concentration Objectives:

To be able to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in health systems leadership and promote the overall program goals, graduates of the Health Sciences degree at Indiana University South Bend will be able to:

  1. Integrate value based leadership in professional practice
  2. Evaluate effective leadership competencies in diverse practice settings
  3. Utilize diverse strategies to assess organizational effectiveness

In addition to the health systems leadership concentration objectives, students who are in the Health Care Systems Leadership, Health Care Data (Coding) and Information Systems tracks will be able to:

  1. Evaluate health data management systems
  2. Manage communication between health care providers, patients, third party payers, and administrators

Sports and Exercise Science Concentration Objectives:

To be able to fulfill the requirements of a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in sports and exercise science and promote the overall program goals, graduates of the Health Sciences degree at Indiana University South Bend will be able to:

  1. Design improvement plans for health and fitness
  2. Analyze aggregate exercise data to inform individuals and special populations of plans for health and fitness
  3. Evaluate exercise outcomes in both health and special populations

Specific Requirements and Competencies for Health Promotion track of the Health Sciences Degree:

Competencies for the health promotion track of the health sciences degree allows graduates to apply to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.  The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) is responsible for credentialing Certified Health Education Specialists. 

“The CHES examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility. Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES examination is offered in paper-and-pencil format at college campuses throughout the United States. While there are approximately 120 testing sites currently registered, any campus with a testing service is eligible to become a testing site.”

  1. A CHES is an individual that has:
    1) Met required academic preparation qualifications
    2) Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
    3) Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

References:

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (n.d.).  Seven areas of responsibility [PDF]. Retrieved from: http://www.nchec.org