The disciplines in the College have their roots in outreach to the community. Disciplines in CHHS prepare students for their professions by engaging in the activities within the community that applies the theories and concepts discussed in the classroom for a more comprehensive understanding of the issues, while providing a valuable service to the communities in which we reside. Students are required to complete clinical experiences, field work, or internships at a myriad of health and human services facilities, agencies and organizations.
Click through the undergraduate programs below to learn more.
The baccalaureate degree curriculum (Reference number 524) is designed to prepare dental hygienists with a background for teaching, organization, management, and research, as well as for clinical dental hygiene. The education also provides the student with knowledge, skills, and attributes that will enable him or her to serve as a community resource in matters of dental disease prevention and sound dental health practices. The Dental Hygiene degree can be completed with or without the Education Track.
Applied Human Sciences
The central purpose of the program is to prepare students who are interested in working in a child and family-focused environment. The graduates will have a broad knowledge base working with children and families. The major will provide graduates with entry-level competencies for child and family life.
The focus of this concentration is to prepare graduates who can successfully assume the positions of family and consumer sciences teachers in the middle and secondary schools. The graduate will have a broad family and consumer sciences knowledge base as well as the ability to teach others how to use this information to improve personal and family life. Students majoring in FACS Education are required to meet with their advisor before enrolling for the upcoming semester. All requirements for admission to professional education must be met to fulfill the Kentucky Standards for the designated teaching certificate. Current information on Teacher Education and Certification are available on the website for the Office of Teacher Services: http://www.wku.edu/ste.
The focus of this concentration is to prepare graduates who are interested in working in a family-focused environment. Graduates will have a broad knowledge base working with children and families. The major will provide graduates with entry-level competencies for child and family life.
This concentration provides students an opportunity to learn and apply concepts related to nutrition, food, management, and wellness. Course topics include nutrient needs related to disease prevention, medical nutrition therapy, and physical activity; food preparation techniques, managing employees and financial matters in foodservice organizations, and exercise physiology. (This concentration DOES NOT meet requirements leading to status as a registered dietitian.)
The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) Program offers a broad array of progressive courses positioning students to meet the challenges of the hospitality industry into the 21st century. Our program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in lodging, resorts, restaurants, business and industry food service, event planning as well as tourism planning and development. In addition to management and industry specific information, our program also stresses core concepts such as leadership, ethics, diversity and communication throughout all our courses. Graduates are prepared to design customer driven service systems that address the needs of consumers throughout the hospitality industry.
The focus of this concentration is to prepare graduates who can successfully design interior spaces which satisfy the functional and aesthetic needs of the users. Specifically, graduates will be able to identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment and perform services relative to its design, including programming, analysis, space planning and aesthetics based on specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings. Graduates will have skills for preparing drawings and documents relative to the design in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
The focus of this concentration is to equip graduates to compete for internships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that lead to the "Registered Dietitian" designation. Graduates will emerge from this program with information and management skills which enable them to be creative problem solvers in the delivery of dietetic services.
Communication Sciences & Disorders
The major for students in Communication Disorders (reference number 595P prior to being accepted to the program and reference number 559 after being officially accepted to the undergraduate program) is a Pre-Professional program which requires 52 hours in the specialization areas—speech pathology and audiology. The undergraduate program prepares students academically for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, or related areas. A master’s degree is needed for national certification in speech-language pathology or audiology. Licensure is also necessary in Kentucky but other states have various mandates for practicing professions. All courses follow guidelines recommended by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Students are encouraged to select a minor, second major, or certificate program of interest to enhance employability. Some certificate programs, majors, and/or minors which complement your major are: American Sign Language, Child Studies, Cross-Cultural Communication in Healthcare, Family Home Visiting, Family Studies, Gerontology, Interdisciplinary Patient Navigator, Health Education, Health Care Administration, Non-Profit Administration, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, and Social Work.
Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport
The primary mission of the Exercise Science program is to offer high quality courses, instruction, and practical experiences leading to baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science. Exercise Science provides students with classroom and laboratory experiences concentrating on the applied science of human performance and physical activity. Our graduates are highly successful in pursuing graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, and athletic training, as well as other health, physical activity, research, and rehabilitative professions. Upon completion of the Exercise Science program, our students are qualified to work in entry level cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, and more!
The physical education movement studies major leads to a B.S. degree. The movement studies concentration expands the career options for physical education majors beyond the school setting. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to become a movement activity specialist in the private/business sectors. Students, who complete this program, may move to the teacher preparation concentration if they want to be certified in the teacher education program. Additional requirements may need to be met.
The physical education teacher education (PETE) major leads to a B.S. degree and the potential for certification as a teacher. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to become physical education teachers in either the public/private school system. The new standards represent a paradigm shift to more comprehensive vision in teacher preparation programs in addition opportunities exist for employment within the business community. Students, who complete the professional education requirements, may be certified in the teacher education program.
The Recreation Administration Program, started in 1967, provides students a well-rounded education in recreation leadership, program development, and administration by creating a challenging, student-focused learning environment with opportunities to apply skills and theories learned in the classroom in service to the campus, community, and the recreation profession.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management is a program which prepares students for successful careers within the sport industry. Course work focuses on key content areas including: sport management and leadership principles, operations, event and venue management, governance, ethics, marketing, legal, financial and integrative experiences. To be admitted to the program, students must have: a minimum of an overall WKU GPA of 2.5; completed the following courses with a grade of C or higher—ACCT 200, COMM 145, ECON 202, MKT 220, SPM 200, and MGT 210; and submitted a complete application including resume by required deadline.
The RN to BSN program at WKU is designed to build on the education registered nurses (RNs) received in the AD programs. The nursing courses are offered using online delivery methods with limited oncampus meetings. Both part-time and full-time cohort options are available.
Environmental health science (EHS) deals with the theory and practice of assessing, preventing, and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect health. The goal of the EHS program is to prepare students for an exciting career as environmental and occupational health specialists. The EHS program is committed to providing south-central Kentucky, the state, and the nation with entry-level environmental and occupational health professionals to meet today’s challenges and improve overall health and safety. The program is built upon a comprehensive education in basic and applied sciences with a view to providing students with a background in assessing the interrelationship between environmental factors and public health. The EHS educational objective is designed to enable students to develop a solid understanding of chemical, biological, physical, and social factors or stressors in the environment that impact public health.
The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide quality learning experiences and professional preparation for students, and to promote excellence in learning, teaching, scholarship and community service. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and needs well-educated, energetic, competent, and creative managers and administrators that can not only prepare for the future of health care, but can also create that future. The Department of Public Health offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration. This program prepares the student for management and administrative positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations, and agencies such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, group medical practices, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies and clinics. Individuals completing this program are academically prepared to enter graduate programs in health care administration provided that the student meets the entrance requirements of the particular graduate program to which (s)he applies
Health information management (HIM) (Ref. no. 529P for seeking admission or 529 for full admission) is a diverse yet evolving field that incorporates medicine, management, finance, information technology, and law into one dynamic career path. The HIM baccalaureate degree program prepares the graduate HIM professional with the skills and competencies in health data management, information policy, administering computer information systems and administrative and clinical work flow. Students will focus on the management of information, people and operational units, participation in administrative committees, preparation of budgets and administration of computerized health information systems. This program requires a minimum of 120 hours and includes 79-82 hours for the HIM major; Colonnade courses must be completed in consultation with advisor.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a health and human sciences related career.
The program is an interdisciplinary program with three primary purposes:
1. Allowing students with a general interest in Health Sciences to pursue a B.S. degree while obtaining a concentration in a specific area of Health and Human Services.
2. Permitting students to prepare for post-graduate or professional Health Sciences programs.
3. Providing an option for students with a health-related associate's degree who wish to continue their education field (approved by the Health Sciences Advisor)
The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide quality learning experiences and professional preparation for students, and to promote excellence in learning, teaching, scholarship and community service. Students completing this degree program are prepared for careers as public health educators, health promotion specialist and wellness program directors in public health departments; voluntary and private health agencies; industry; health care facilities; professional health associations; and consulting firms. This program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The mission of the BSW program at WKU is to prepare culturally competent social workers for practice with diverse communities and client systems. The program promotes a commitment to professional ethics, leadership, professionalism, social justice, and life long learning in order for graduates to practice effectively in a global community. Admission to the social work major requires completion of an application process. The prerequisites for admission include a GPA of 2.5 or higher, sophomore status, and completion of nine classes such as ENG 100, SWRK 101 and others. The liberal arts foundation, prerequisites, and the core social work courses provide students with opportunities to acquire the social work knowledge, values and skills needed for a professional career.