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Integrated Health Studies - B.S.

The B.S. in Integrated Health Studies program prepares you for a range of roles in healthcare. From public health to healthcare management, you'll gain the skills needed to make a difference.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Health Studies is designed for students interested in the health and medical professions. The primary mission of the program is to educate individuals to serve present and future needs of an increasingly diverse society in the professional fields associated with health and/or medical services. Fundamental to its mission is the education of students to excel as practitioners and provide leadership to their respective disciplines.

The major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Health Care Administration and Systems concentration prepares students for administrative positions in the health care industry. In addition, students may wish to pursue graduate study in such fields as business administration, health administration, exercise/leisure/sports administration and public health. Students may earn the Business minor  with additional coursework and GPA requirements.
  • The Health Sciences concentration includes a strong basic science core (biology, chemistry, physics), as well as an applied science core (physiology of exercise, nutrition). Graduates are prepared for science-based graduate programs, especially physical or occupational therapy, and other advanced study options such as physicians assistant programs.
  • The Health Services concentration provides a comprehensive study of health professions, human development and human services. Graduates are prepared for careers in the service-delivery sector of the health care industry, such as non-profit and/or government agencies (e.g., health departments, national/state/local health organizations). This program is designed to offer more flexibility in coursework selection for pre-nursing coursework or for students to declare a minor or certificate (e.g., health educator, non-profit management, psychology). The program also provides students in associate degrees in the allied health areas (e.g., physical or occupational therapy assisting technology) with the opportunity to obtain a highly relevant bachelor’s degree.
Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.

Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog's Academic Policies.

Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the program's Coursework tab.

Current Kent State and Transfer Students: Active Kent State students who wish to change their major must have attempted a minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State and earned a minimum 2.000 overall Kent State GPA to be admitted. Students who have not attempted 12 credit hours at Kent State will be evaluated for admission based on their high school GPA for new students or transfer GPA for transfer students. Transfer students who have not attempted 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Kent State and/or other institutions will be evaluated based on both their high school GPA and college GPA.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply knowledge, values and skills across the health and human services fields to applicable work settings.
  2. Identify, present and critique the role of health care professionals and policies/issues facing the health and human services fields in order to better meet the needs of individuals, communities and society in the provision of services.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
HED 14020MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
ATTR 15003CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES 2
or EXSC 15003 CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or IHS 15003 CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
IHS 40091SEMINAR FOR PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES 2
IHS 44010RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 3
IHS 44091PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (WIC) 13
IHS 44092PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (ELR) 23-10
NURS 45010HEALTHCARE POLICY AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS 3
or NURS 46000 HEALTH CARE POLICY
PHIL 40005HEALTH CARE ETHICS 3
PSYC 21621QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)10
Concentrations
Choose from the following:66
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

State or Federal background checks may be required for practicum/internship experiences.

Health Care Administration and Systems Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ACCT 23020INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 23021INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
CIS 24053INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES 3
ECON 22060PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 22061PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
ECON 42086ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE 3
LTCA 44032LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION I 3
MDJ 28001PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS 3
MGMT 24163PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MKTG 25010PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
POL 30301INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 3
PSYC 41581HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY 3
or SOC 42563 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
Biology (BSCI) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 13-4
Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 13-4
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)17
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Minimum one course must include a laboratory.

Health Sciences Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ATTR 25057HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 14
or EXSC 25057 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
ATTR 25058HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB) 14
or EXSC 25058 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
ATTR 35054BIOMECHANICS 3
or EXSC 35054 BIOMECHANICS
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 10120BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 24
CHEM 10061GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS) 24
CHEM 20481BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
EXSC 35080PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE 4
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
PSYC 41581HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY 3
or SOC 42563 SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
SPA 44111NEURAL PROCESSES 3
Health Sciences Electives, choose from the following: 36
ATTR 45040
PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
BSCI 20021
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
BSCI 30130
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
BSCI 30050
HUMAN GENETICS
BSCI 30140
CELL BIOLOGY
CHEM 30284
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
EXSC 35075
EXERCISE PROGRAMMING
HDF 44021
FAMILY INTERVENTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
NURS 20950
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
NUTR 33512
INTERMEDIATE NUTRITION SCIENCE
PESP 25033
LIFESPAN MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 40111
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) (min C grade)3
PHY 13001GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13002GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13021GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PHY 13022GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Students who have successfully completed BSCI 11010/BSCI 11020 may use those courses in place of ATTR 25057/ATTR 25058.

2

Students who plan to pursue graduate studies are recommended to also take laboratories CHEM 10062 and CHEM 10063.

3

Students must complete a minimum of one upper division course (30000 or 40000 level) to fulfill this concentration elective requirement.

Health Services Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Introduction to Professional Electives, choose from the following: 14-6
GERO 14029
INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
HDF 14027
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE
HDF 44033
COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT (ELR)
HED 21030
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH EDUCATION
HSRV 11000
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN SERVICES
NURS 10060
INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE
NURS 20020
FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING
OTA 10000
FOUNDATIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
PTST 10000
INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Human Development Electives, choose from the following:15-16
BSCI 30050
HUMAN GENETICS
BSCI 30130
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY
GERO 44030
ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (WIC)
HDF 24011
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES (DIVD)
HDF 24012
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
HDF 44020
ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
HED 11570
PERSONAL HEALTH
HED 21050
HEALTH EDUCATION THEORIES
HED 32530
DRUG USE AND MISUSE
HED 32544
HUMAN SEXUALITY
HED 44025
WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
HED 46057
ADVANCED HUMAN SEXUALITY
NURS 20950
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
NUTR 33512
INTERMEDIATE NUTRITION SCIENCE
PSYC 41581
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Health Services Electives, choose from the following: 114
HDF 34031
CULTURAL DIVERSITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE HELPING PROFESSIONS
HDF 44032
NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING AND GRANTWRITING
HDF 44034
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
HED 11590
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION
HED 32542
METHODS AND APPLICATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION (WIC)
HED 34050
PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION
HED 42041
HEALTH COACHING
NURS 20030
FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS
PSYC 40383
INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOC 42563
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
MATH 11009MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
Biology (BSCI) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 23-4
Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 23-4
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)14
Minimum Total Credit Hours:66
1

Allied health coursework may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Introduction to Profession Electives (maximum 5 credit hours) and Health Services Electives (maximum 9 credit hours).

2

Minimum one course must include a laboratory.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
Roadmaps

Roadmaps

Health Care Administration and Systems Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ATTR 15003
or EXSC 15003
or IHS 15003
CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
2
MATH 11009 MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
Biology (BSCI) or Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 3-4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ACCT 23020 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 3
ECON 22060 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
MDJ 28001 PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ACCT 23021 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 3
CIS 24053 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES 3
ECON 22061 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS (KSS) 3
Biology (BSCI) or Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 3-4
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
MGMT 24163 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3
MKTG 25010 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING 3
POL 30301 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 3
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ECON 42086 ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE 3
NURS 45010
or NURS 46000
HEALTHCARE POLICY AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS
or HEALTH CARE POLICY
3
PSYC 41581
or SOC 42563
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
or SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
IHS 44010 RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 3
LTCA 44032 LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION I 3
PHIL 40005 HEALTH CARE ETHICS 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!IHS 40091 SEMINAR FOR PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES 2
!IHS 44091 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (WIC) 3
IHS 44092 PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (ELR) 3-10
General Electives 8
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Health Sciences Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ATTR 15003
or EXSC 15003
or IHS 15003
CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
2
BSCI 10110
or CHEM 10060
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
4
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
BSCI 10120
or CHEM 10061
BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
4
HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ATTR 25057
or EXSC 25057
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB)
4
BSCI 10110
or CHEM 10060
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
4
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours17
Semester Four
ATTR 25058
or EXSC 25058
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
or HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (KBS) (KLAB)
4
BSCI 10120
or CHEM 10061
BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY II (KBS)
4
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
ATTR 35054
or EXSC 35054
BIOMECHANICS
or BIOMECHANICS
3
PHY 13001 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS) 4
PHY 13021 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB) 1
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
NURS 45010
or NURS 46000
HEALTHCARE POLICY AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS
or HEALTH CARE POLICY
3
PHY 13002 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS II (KBS) 4
PHY 13022 GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY II (KBS) (KLAB) 1
PSYC 41581
or SOC 42563
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
or SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
3
Health Sciences Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
CHEM 20481 BASIC ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 4
!IHS 40091 SEMINAR FOR PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES 2
IHS 44092 PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (ELR) 3-10
PHIL 40005 HEALTH CARE ETHICS 3
Health Science Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
EXSC 35080 PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE 4
IHS 44010 RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 3
!IHS 44091 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (WIC) 3
SPA 44111 NEURAL PROCESSES 3
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
 

Health Services Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ATTR 15003
or EXSC 15003
or IHS 15003
CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
or CAREERS IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL SCIENCES
2
MATH 11009 MODELING ALGEBRA (KMCR) 4
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 1
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
HED 14020 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
Biology (BSCI) or Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 3-4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Human Development Electives 6-7
Introduction to Professions Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
Biology (BSCI) or Chemistry (CHEM) Course from Kent Core Basic Sciences 3-4
Human Development Elective 3
Introduction to Professions Elective 1-3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
Health Services Electives 6
Human Development Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
NURS 45010
or NURS 46000
HEALTHCARE POLICY AND DELIVERY SYSTEMS
or HEALTH CARE POLICY
3
Health Services Elective 3
Human Development Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
IHS 44010 RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL METHODS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS 3
PHIL 40005 HEALTH CARE ETHICS 3
General Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!IHS 40091 SEMINAR FOR PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES 2
!IHS 44091 PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (WIC) 3
IHS 44092 PRACTICUM IN INTEGRATED HEALTH STUDIES (ELR) 3-10
Health Services Electives 5
General Elective 2
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Medical and health services managers

31.5%

much faster than the average

422,300

number of jobs

$104,280

potential earnings

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

7.3%

faster than the average

337,800

number of jobs

$54,180

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.