Health Sciences at Taylor
Health has many definitions, but the Gospel leads us to view “human health” as the reconciling of relationships among God, our neighbor, Creation, and our self. Studying health sciences within a Christian liberal arts setting allows students to participate in this reconciliation-ministry by understanding how the skills and knowledge acquired through their education can be used to help others move toward optimal health, healing, and wholeness. Our students learn—through global health opportunities, local preventative medicine and clinical experiences, and classroom development—to articulate a clear theological framework for defining and improving human health.
While students interested in medical or health professional school are all required to take natural science classes, these students are not limited to “hard” science majors. Humanities and social and behavioral science majors can take the prerequisite MCAT classes in the Pre-Med curriculum; apply to PA, OT, PT, dentistry, veterinary, medical, and other healthcare schools; and be accepted. Discussing how undergraduate humanities or social and behavioral science classes play into the healthcare field could be a great addition to a graduate or professional school application.
All students interested in preparing for healthcare professional and graduate school programs are encouraged to take health psychology, motivation psychology, medical ethics, medical anthropology, public health, nutrition, exercise as medicine, sustainable agriculture, and environmental health courses.
If you are interested in a humanities or social science major and Pre-Med, talk to your Admissions Counselor about adding the MCAT-prep curriculum to your degree.
At Taylor, we seek to shape you on and off campus for your goal of entering the health field. Through interdisciplinary programs, you will have the ability to gain top-of-the-line, hands-on experience in biology, chemistry, kinesiology, public health, and psychology. You can train clients in better health practices, assist in rehabilitation of hospital patients, or teach community members how to prevent and/or treat chronic disease.
- Diabetes Prevention Program
Taylor’s newly minted adult diabetes prevention program brings Taylor student into the local health clinics for nutrition and exercise intervention sessions, as well as individual health education, provided by Taylor students. The curriculum, approved by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is designed to help individuals at risk of diabetes or other chronic diseases. Participating students take a semester-long training course that covers nutrition education principles, behavior modifications and listening skills, exercise prescription, and medical ethics.
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
In collaboration with Ball Memorial Hospital (part of IU Health), this program brings patients to campus for a sustained maintenance cardiac rehab program, which focuses primarily on exercise. Students work with a member of Ball Memorial’s cardiopulmonary team to provide patients with appropriately tailored exercise sessions. The students check patients’ vital signs and monitor them during exercise while creating patient-professional relationships with members of the community.
- IU Health Ball & Blackford Internships
Our students intern in the IU Health Blackford and Ball hospitals, participating in valuable observations and experiences. You will assist cardiopulmonary teams in a variety of cardiac rehabilitation opportunities—including cardiovascular surgery, echocardiograms, heart catheterization, nutrition and chronic disease coaching, and bariatric and oncology services.
- Research Opportunities
From assessing the genetics of fruit flies to studying the fitness levels of prison inmates, there are ample research opportunities for students in any of the sciences. Along with ongoing on-campus studies, students can apply for research fellowships at scientific institutions or earn academic credit conducting immersive public health research in international settings.
- Fit into Health
A personal training program run by exercise science students, Fit into Health, brings fitness-minded students alongside adults looking to maintain and improve their health. Students assess their clients’ fitness and health and design workouts to help them reach their fitness and health goals. One-on-one exercise sessions take place on campus in the Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC).
Building a deeper understanding of the health sciences means exploring how different cultures approach medical care and disease. Taylor offers both long- and short-term overseas experiences to expand students’ global awareness and understanding of how to use their healthcare skills in the real world. Read more about international opportunities specifically designed for those interested in healthcare fields.
- Universidad del Azuay: Spend a semester in Ecuador and gain hospital experience through Taylor’s program in partnership with Verbo Church and the Universidad del Azuay (UdA) School of Medicine.
- Ugandan Christian University Honours College*: Study abroad in Uganda with a Global Health Emphasis and complete an international internship with a hospital, clinic, child development center, or public health organization.
- Belize: Teach basic exercises and healthy habits in the children’s homes, churches, senior living facilities, and schools of Belmopan, Belize. Our multi-disciplined teams volunteer in the community and connect with the Belizean through spreading the news of health, exercise, and the Gospel.
- HEART Program*: Spend your J-Term in Lake Wales, Florida, to work in simulated third-world village, learning nutrition and food preparation and primary health care to prepare to serve in developing third-world countries.
- Students International*: Travel to the Dominican Republic to serve in their dentistry ministry site, meeting both physical and spiritual needs of locals as you develop relationships and share God’s love through your interactions.
*Programs are not directly associated with the Health Science programs. Contact the Office of Off-Campus Programs for more information.
Our many Health Science majors will help shape a broad understanding of human health as informed by the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. While many of these health majors may include similar classes, each has a unique target outcome for its students.
- Human Physiology and Preventive Medicine
Designed specifically for students seeking to enter into professional schools related to healthcare, the Human Physiology and Preventive Medicine major first explores a basic foundation of health science, followed by in-depth chronic disease prevention and treatment and physiology courses. Students will gain a basic background in human nutrition, health psychology, and public health.
- Biology Pre-Med
Pursue a Biology major as a foundation for a career in medicine, dentistry, and related fields. Your study of living organisms will be supplemented with hands-on medical experiences and the Pre-Med curriculum—a series of MCAT preparation classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology that are necessary for graduate school applications.
- Psychology Pre-Med
Apply your passion for psychology to a medical career. Develop your understanding of the mind and how it impacts behavior while adding the Pre-Med classes, the prerequisite science classes for medical school admission.
- Chemistry Pre-Med
Add the Pre-Med curriculum to a rigorous Chemistry major. The MCAT-prep courses in the Pre-Med curriculum will give you the prerequisites for med school, and your Chemistry classes will challenge you to predict and characterize chemical properties and study the ways various substances act and react.
- Health Science (Nursing 3+1 Program)
For students wanting to pursue a career in nursing, this program pairs with a neighboring university’s Nursing program and allows you to earn two degrees, a Bachelor’s in Health Science and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
- Health Promotion & Wellness
The Health Promotion and Wellness major appeals to students interested in researching and educating people about preventing chronic health issues, such as diabetes and obesity. This major crosses Public Health with Kinesiology, giving students an interdisciplinary study to prepare for disease prevention research, analysis, and education.
- Public Health
Students passionate about people, health, and social justice issues will find the Public Health major useful. Look past the basic biology of problems and diseases to identify societal issues that contribute to community health and develop solutions.
- Exercise Science
Choose between our two extremely different Exercise Science tracks. Students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy, or clinical exercise physiology commonly choose the Pre-Allied Health track to prepare them for graduate school. This track also suits students thinking about med school or PA school, allowing students to complete a core of Exercise Science classes in addition to the chemistry, biology, physics, and psychology necessary for graduate school acceptance. In contrast, students interested in athletic training, strengthening and conditioning, personal training, and corporate wellness will find the Health Science—Human Performance track well-suited to prepare them for careers or graduate school in these settings.
- Preventive Medicine*
Students following the more traditional paths to professional schools in medicine and healthcare (i.e. biology or chemistry) or choosing majors that would not typically be associated directly with health care but related to human health (social work, music therapy, missions) may choose to complete a minor or certificate in preventative medicine, where they can still gain valuable experience working to prevent and treat chronic disease.