Grover Center W379
Phone: 740.593.9336 or 740.593.9334 (Student Services)
Randall Leite, Interim Dean
Rebecca Zuspan, Coordinator of Student Services
Cecil Walters, Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention
The College of Health Sciences and Professions is made up of the Department of Social and Public Health, the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, the School of Nursing and the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences. To provide students with a variety of local clinical or experiential education opportunities, the schools operate the Ohio University Therapy Associates Hearing, Speech Language, and Physical Therapy Clinics; Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program; Atrium Cafe; and Nutrition Treatment Program. The College has responsibility for campus recreation and administers the following facilities: Bird Arena, golf and tennis center, Aquatic Center, and the Ping Student Recreation Center. The University employee wellness program, WellWorks, is also administered by the College.
The College will be a national leader in the preparation of health professionals and scholars. Such leadership will be distinguished by its interdisciplinary emphasis and roles in defining state-of-the-art practices, enriching our communities through model outreach activities and advancing scholarship that informs policy and practice.
The College faculty and staff engage in research and creative activities that contribute to the development, interpretation, and application of new knowledge within professional disciplines and enhance the educational experiences of our students. We value student learning and inquiry through rigorous curricular and co-curricular activities that prepare them to assume leadership roles as professionals in a competitive, diverse, and global environment. The College’s outreach activities enhance the campus experience, extend the boundaries of the University and enrich quality of life, especially for those in need, through collaborations among faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
The College of Health Sciences and Professions is committed to promoting professional and personal growth of students by providing interdisciplinary and multicultural academic, research, and service experiences in classrooms, laboratories, clinical, and community settings. The College integrates the participation and support of alumni in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Through support of academic, scholarly, and service activities, the College promotes professional and personal growth of faculty members and the expansion of knowledge in their respective disciplines. The faculty and staff are committed to providing a positive learning and work environment, characterized by mutual respect and concern, and one that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The College actively seeks to develop cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity among students, faculty, and staff.
Schools/Majors and Degrees
The College of Health Sciences and Professions consists of four academic schools, offering the following undergraduate curricula:
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (B.S.E.H.)
Environmental Health Science
Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.)
Community Health Services
Health Services Administration
Long-Term Health Care Administration
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Hygiene (B.S.I.H.)
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences (B.S.H.C.E.)
In addition, the School of Public Health Sciences and Professions offers the following minor:
Environmental Health Science
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training (B.S.A.T.)
Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences (B.S.H.C.S.)
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Sport Sciences (B.S.Sp.S.)
In addition, the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness offers the following minors:
Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.):
Pre RN/Pre-licensure B.S.N. program
A completion degree awarded post RN licensure - RN to B.S.N. Program
In addition, the School of Nursing offers the following licensure for registered nurses (RNs):
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences (B.S.H.S.L.S.)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
In addition, the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences offers the following minor:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
The School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences does not award a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy but offers an entry-level doctoral physical therapy program, which leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). Complete description of the program is available in the Graduate Catalog. In addition, the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences offers an entry-level doctoral degree program and a transitional program to graduates of Ohio’s MPT program. A number of master’s and entry-level doctoral degree and Ph.D. programs are offered by different schools and departments in the College. All programs are described in detail in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog.
Freshman admission to most of the majors offered by the College is open. The College does have several programs—athletic training education, early childhood, exercise physiology, interior architecture, nursing, physical education, retail merchandising, and sport management—for which students are admitted as premajors and then must meet certain criteria in order to be admitted into the major. At this time, athletic training education, early childhood, nursing, and interior architecture are the only programs that have, in addition to the listed criteria, limited openings in the major. You must apply and be accepted into any of these majors. The baccalaureate nursing completion program and school nurse teaching license are available only to registered nurses (RNs). If you are interested in any of these programs, please read the more detailed description of the specific requirements and application process described either in the school or program descriptions.
If you are already in an academic college at Ohio University and wish to transfer into any program within the College of Health Sciences and Professions (except for athletic training education, early childhood, exercise physiology, interior architecture, nursing, physical education, retail merchandising, or sport management, which have admission requirements), you must have a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0.
Scholarships sponsored by the six schools and the College of Health Sciences and Professions for qualified undergraduate students are available on an annual basis. Inquiries about the scholarship program should be directed to the scholarship chair of each school or the College of Health Sciences and Professions Student Services office.
Academic and Other Requirements
Academic and Other Requirements
Most majors within the College have requirements that you must meet in order to remain active or progress in your major. Further information about these specific requirements can be found under each program’s description.
The College’s policy on internships, practica, field experiences, and student teaching requires that you be registered for the experience in the quarter(s) that you are actually fulfilling the requirements for the course. The only exception to this requirement is an experience that takes place over winter break, in which case, you may register for the course during either fall or winter quarter.
To qualify for baccalaureate conferral, each graduation candidate in the College of Health Sciences and Professions must earn at least 192 quarter hours of acceptable credit, with a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major; complete the major program requirements; and fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. If you are pursuing a teaching license, you must have a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 2.75 in each teaching field you are pursuing.
Upon entering the College of Health Sciences and Professions, you are assigned a major adviser, who is a faculty member in the school offering your major program. Faculty advisers are available to assist you in the preparation of schedules and to discuss academic- and career-related topics. However, you are responsible for completing all University, college, and school requirements for the degree. To assist you in keeping track of your progress in completing degree requirements, you will receive a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report each quarter during priority registration. This report lists the requirements for your degree and details your progress toward completing them. If you are interested in determining your progress for other or additional majors, the College’s Student Services Office can provide you with a “what if” DARS report.
Professional Certification or Licensure
If you are majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders , you may begin to pursue a teaching license as an undergraduate, but the requirements for licensure are completed at the master’s level.
You will be eligible to sit for the appropriate licensing or certification exam if you successfully complete either of the following majors: Athletic Training Education or Long-Term Health Care Administration . Completing the Applied Nutrition (Dietetics track) option fulfills the academic component for becoming a registered dietitian, but not the internship component. In addition, students completing the dietetics program are eligible to sit for the examination to become a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR).The Environmental Health Science major fulfills the educational requirements for registration as a sanitarian. Completing the Community Health Services program enables you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. While Ohio University does not have a certified Child Life Specialist (CLS) program, our Family Studies program is the recommended way to go if you are interested in pursuing this profession. These and other specific program requirements can be found in the description of each school. You will be eligible to apply to sit for registered nursing licensure examination if you successfully complete the BSN major.
Special Information for Students
The College of Health Sciences and Professions provides opportunities for educational, leadership, and professional development through its honoraries and professional organizations.
Nursing students can be elected to Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honorary. Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health science honorary, has an active chapter in the Department of Social and Public Health. The Ohio University chapter of the National Student-Speech-Language-Hearing Association offers ample opportunities of preprofessional networking and community service.
You are encouraged to participate in student professional organizations within your major or area of interest. Recognized professional organizations within the college include:
Department of Social and Public Health
Child Life Student Organization
Eta Sigma Gamma (Honorary)
Future Health Care Administrators
Industrial Hygiene/Environmental Health Student Organization
School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness
Exercise Physiology Club
Ohio University Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association
Student Athletic Trainers’ Club
School of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau (Honorary)
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Club
National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Ohio University American Sign Language Club
Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
For information about education abroad opportunities, refer to “Office of Education Abroad ” section of the Academic Opportunities - Universitywide page.
Global Leadership Center
For information view the Global Leadership Center page.