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Student Life

We have lots of ways for you to get more involved with your program and peers.

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)

Our clubs and organizations host several educational and social events throughout the year. You'll get valuable professional experience while having fun.

Being involved in an RSO associated with your major is a great way to get to know students with similar interests and to connect with faculty.

RSOs are run by students. You'll develop strong leadership skills as you learn to coordinate and operate a professional organization. You also get plenty of opportunities to network with alumni and professionals in your field.

Whatever your interest might be, we have something for you. Our RSOs are open to any major.

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

    We're proud to have a local chapter of the national American Industrial Hygiene Association.

    Members of the AIHA play an active role in learning more about the industrial hygiene field. They visit job sites, host guest speakers, attend national conferences, and present original research.

  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP)

    ASSP at Illinois State is well-connected in the occupational safety field. Our chapter is affiliated with the national and central Illinois chapters, and has twice won national recognition for excellence.

    In addition to field trips and engaging guest speakers, members of ASSP have opportunities to spend time with practicing safety professionals.

  • Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG)

    We're home to the Omega chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national professional health education honorary. Members engage in teaching, research, and service in the area of health promotion and education. The chapter also provides opportunities to promote the discipline.

    The Omega chapter hosts an initiation ceremony yearly to welcome new members into the national Eta Sigma Gamma organization.

  • Medical Laboratory Science Society (MLSS)

    MLSS coordinates service activities such as blood drives on campus. During National Laboratory week each year, they are busy with a variety of activities to promote their field of study.

  • Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA)

    Dive deeper into the world of health information management. SHIMA members engage in professional development and social service activities while interacting with professionals in the field.

  • Student Environmental Health Association (SEHA)

    Connect with others who share your passion for environmental health. Learn about the various focus areas within environmental health by meeting guest speakers and alumni. Participate in conferences and research efforts.

Department of Health Sciences Opportunities

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Student Ambassadors

Share your enthusiasm for health sciences with others. Our student ambassadors represent the department at various events and in the community. As an ambassador, you'll have numerous leadership opportunities. You'll also form connections with several groups of people. If you're interested in serving as an ambassador, contact Anjie Almeda.
(309) 438-5353

Study Abroad

Experience life in a different culture while you further explore your major and earn credits.

Our Global Contexts course is a faculty-led study abroad that travels to a new location each spring break.

You can also take advantage of the numerous study abroad experiences offered by the University.

Study Abroad

University Opportunities

  • Students volunteer at the local food pantry.

    Civic Engagement

    Civic engagement is a top priority at Illinois State and our department. You'll have plenty of opportunities to take what you learn in the classroom and make a difference in your community.

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    Honors Program

    The Illinois State Honors program gives you challenging and engaging learning opportunities. You can also get a customized honors experience with the University's Honors in the Major program. You'll develop as a scholar and gain an edge over your peers through rigorous coursework in your field of study.

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    Themed Living and Learning Communities

    When you live with people who share your interests, you'll have all kinds of support and fun. Incoming freshmen majoring or minoring in Health Sciences can live in the Health Sciences and Wellness themed community.