The Interdisciplinary Health Program (IHP) was created in 2007 as a joint program between the Faculties of Human Ecology, Science, and Arts. The IHP is now housed within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and offered in partnership with the Faculties of Arts and Science. The IHP offers two four-year degree programs: Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) and Bachelor of Health Studies (BHSt). A major goal of the IHP is to provide a foundation for students who wish to enter professional healthcare programs and offer another route for students to gain access to specialized programs for both health and social science fields (e.g. community health management, graduate programs). Those who complete the degree program might work in a wide variety of agencies and businesses that plan or deliver health related service and products.
Both degrees combine knowledge from science and social science disciplines in their content and learning experiences. The integration supports the promotion of health, which is the guiding principle of the IHP, by creating a new understanding among graduates of the determinants of health and how these determinants influence the health of individuals, families, and communities.