Mission and Goals
The central mission of the Institute for Health Studies is to position our students to secure their academic, professional and personal goals in the health professions.
To accomplish this result, we seek opportunities for the scientific and liberal arts to inform each other, for students to develop cultural insight, to practice critical assessment of risk and to find the combination of focus and flexibility that permits life and career satisfaction.
The Adrian College Institute for Health Studies and its Health Professions Advisors support students from any major in securing:
- foundational knowledge required to enter and perform well in professional and graduate school leading to careers in health care
- awareness that the liberal arts—history, science, philosophy, communication—all influence scientific direction, health policy and patient service
- knowledge of the complex issues faced in health care delivery
- experiential learning opportunities in health care
- opportunities to explore global health issues through service learning around the world
- support for research initiatives that will sharpen their lab and analytical skills
- the ability to make an informed choice from among a wide range of health care career alternatives
Delivery of health care, research in the life sciences and development of innovative biomedical technologies are complex tasks requiring concrete skills. The technical skills on which these services depend are, however, only one component of quality care.
These skills are best applied by an individual who habitually connects ideas across disciplines, who extends critical analysis to each task, who communicates effectively within and across cultures, and who is skilled in written communication—in short, the precise skills acquired in a quality liberal arts education.
Each year, 40-50% of freshmen entering Adrian College express a career interest in life science- and health-related fields—yet they have enrolled at a liberal arts college. Simply stated, our students understand that a technical degree would provide just one skill set. Given the pace of technological and social change, they know intuitively that a wide ranging, liberal arts education is a valuable commodity. Some of our current students will work in roles we cannot imagine today, and they will need every skill we can provide to build a sustainable and creative future.
The Adrian College Institute for Health Studies anticipates and prepares our students for this future.