Why Study Applied Health Science?
The field of applied health science specializes in promotion of wellness and prevention (rather than treatment), of disease through research, promotion, policy-making, and publications. This major provides rigorous preparation for medical professions such as nursing physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, as well as rehabilitation settings and wellness settings. At Wheaton, our curriculum delivered within a Christian context is designed not to merely provide the scientific content required for graduate school, but to help you develop the academic and professional skills necessary to thrive.
Why Study Applied Health Science at Wheaton?
Our faculty and staff are of the highest quality and represent expertise in their fields, including physicians, nurses, and those who have taught at medical schools. We care deeply about your life and your academic success. We’ll advise you, encourage you, and mentor you as you develop your full, God-given potential to become a whole and effective Christian.
You’ll have multiple 'field' opportunities at Wheaton: perform biomedical research with our faculty, serve underserved populations through Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) or Student Ministry Partners (SMP) internships, or practice your developing clinical skills and accumulate significant patient contact hours.
Our faculty are actively involved in research, allowing you to directly engage with them in the research process. Every student has the opportunity to perform biomedical research as part of a class project. This hands-on experience often results in students presenting their findings at national and international scientific meetings.
- Teaching assistantships develop your understanding in a particular subject area and allow you to get to know faculty better
- Medical internships develop your clinical skills and accumulate significant patient contact hours
- Summer or semester internships abroad provide experiences with underserved populations
What Will I Learn?
- The Applied Health Science major will prepare you for professional schools in medicine and allied health fields, graduate studies in areas of the health sciences andbasic research, and careers in areas of fitness and wellness.
- The Applied Health Science major with Urban Public Health concentration builds on the foundations of the core major and adds a semester of study through the Wheaton in Chicago.
Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.