Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Grover Center W370
Phone: 740.593.9336
Fax: 740.593.0285

John McCarthy, Interim Dean
Sally Marinellie, Senior Associate Dean
Sara White, Assistant Dean for Student Success

The College of Health Sciences and Professions consists of the Department of Social and Public Health, the Department of Social Work, the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, the School of Nursing, the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies. To provide students with a variety of local clinical or experiential education opportunities, the schools operate Ohio University Therapy Associates which includes the Hearing, Speech Language Clinic, OhioHealth-O’Bleness Hospital Rehabilitation Services, Campus Care at Hudson Hall, Ohio University Athletics, and Pediatric Rehabilitation; Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program; Atrium Cafe; and Nutrition Treatment Program. The University employee wellness program, WellWorks, is also administered by the College.


A number of master’s and entry-level doctoral degree 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.


To be a college of distinction in preparing health professionals whose work reflects the highest standards of collaboration, ethics, innovation, and commitment to all, especially underserved populations, communities, and individuals.


To educate a broad array of students in the health professions to prepare them to assume meaningful roles in a competitive, technological, culturally diverse and global environment.

To engage students and faculty in the discovery of knowledge that will define the future of health disciplines through applied, basic, and translational research and innovation.

To extend the boundaries of Ohio University to enrich the quality of lives, especially for individuals in underserved populations, through interprofessional and community collaborations.

Schools/Departments/Majors and Degrees

The College of Health Sciences and Professions consists of five academic schools and departments, offering the following undergraduate curricula:

Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies  

Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies (B.S.I.H.S.)

Integrated Healthcare Studies Major (B.S.I.H.S)  

 In addition, the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies offers:

Medical Assisting Technology (A.A.S.)  

Department of Social and Public Health  

Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health (B.S.E.H.)

Environmental Health Science Major (B.S.E.H.)  

Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Health (B.S.H.)

Community and Public Health Major (B.S.H.) 
Health Services Administration Major (B.S.H.) 


Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies (B.S.C.F.S.)

Child and Family Studies Major (B.S.C.F.S.)  

In addition, the Department of Social and Public Health offers the following:

Community and Public Health Minor  
Environmental Health Science Minor  
Health Services Administration Minor  

Environmental Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)  

Department of Social Work  

Major awarding the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Social Work Major (B.S.W.) 

Major awarding the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (B. A. S. W.)

Social Work Major (B.A. in Social Work) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]  
Social Work Major (B.A.S.W.)  

In addition, the Department of Social Work offers the following:

Social Service Minor  

Human Services Technology (A.A.S.)  

School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness  

Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Sciences (B.S.F.N.S.)

Applied Nutrition Major (B.S.F.N.S.)  
Nutrition Science Major (B.S.F.N.S.)  

Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology (B.S.E.P.)

Exercise Physiology Major (B.S.P.Ex.)  

In addition, the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness offers the following:

Applied Nutrition Minor  

School of Nursing  

Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)

Baccalaureate Nursing, R.N.-to-B.S.N. Major (B.S.N.)  

Nursing Major (B.S.N.)  

 In addition, the School of Nursing offers the following:

Associate in Nursing (A.A.S.)  

School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences  

Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (B.S.C.S.D.)

Communication Sciences and Disorders Major (B.S.C.S.D.)  

In addition, the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences offers the following:

Communication Sciences and Disorders Minor  

Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences does not award a bachelor’s degree; it offers an entry-level doctoral physical therapy program, which leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.). A complete description of the program is available in the Graduate Catalog.

Certificate Programs

Appalachian Studies Certificate Program 
Diabetes Certificate Program 
Experimental Study of Language Certificate Program  
Gerontology Certificate Program  
Global Health Certificate Program 
Performing Arts Health and Wellness Certificate Program  
School Nurse Certificate Program  
Sports Nutrition Certificate Program 
Workplace Health and Safety Certificate Program   


First year admission to most of the undergraduate majors offered by the College is open. The College has two programs—social work and nursing—for which students are admitted as pre-majors and then must meet criteria in order to be admitted into the major.  At this time, social work and nursing are the only programs that have, in addition to the listed criteria, limited openings in the major.  Students must apply and be accepted into these two majors. The baccalaureate nursing completion program is available only to registered nurses (RNs).  The college has one undergraduate major, Integrated Healthcare Studies, that does not admit traditional first-year students.  This completion degree is designed for students who have completed at least 60 semester credit hours in an allied health-related discipline.  If 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 students 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 social work, integrated healthcare studies, and nursing, which have additional admission requirements), they must have a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0. Please see School of Nursing program catalog information for additional nursing admission requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships sponsored by the schools and departments, 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/department or the College of Health Sciences and Professions Student Services office.

Academic and Other Requirements

Most majors within the College have requirements that students must meet in order to remain active or progress in a major.  Further information about these specific requirements can be found under each program’s description.  The college’s policy on internships, practica, and field experiences requires that students be registered for the experience in the same semester(s) the experience takes place.  With the exception of students in the RN to BSN program, all undergraduate students are required to complete two semester hours in interprofessional healthcare education.

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for baccalaureate conferral, each graduation candidate in the College of Health Sciences and Professions must earn at least 120 semester 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 requirements; fulfill the University’s general education requirements; and complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 semester hours at Ohio University.


Upon entering the College of Health Sciences and Professions, students are assigned a professional academic advisor for the first year on campus before transitioning to a faculty advisor in a major program.  Advisors are available to assist students in the preparation of schedules and to discuss academic and career-related topics.  However, students are responsible for completing all university, college, and department/school requirements.  To assist students in keeping track of progress in completing degree requirements, students can access a DARS  (Degree Audit Reporting System) report through MyOHIO Student Portal. This report lists the requirements for each degree and details progress toward completing them. If students are interested in determining progress for other or additional majors, they may create a “what if” DARS report through the MyOHIO Student Portal at my.ohio.edu.

Professional Certification or Licensure

If students are majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders , they may begin to pursue a teaching license as an undergraduate, but the requirements for licensure are completed at the master’s level.

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 and Public Health Major (B.S.H.)   program enables you to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The Child Life Specialist (CLS) concentration of our Family Studies  program is the recommended path for students interested in a career as a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).  Students are eligible to apply to take the registered nursing licensure examination after successful completion of the BSN major. These and other specific program requirements can be found in the description of each school or department.

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 (NSSLHA) offers opportunities of preprofessional networking and community service in communication sciences and disorders.

Students are encouraged to participate in student professional organizations within their major or area of interest. Recognized professional organizations within the college include:

Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

OHIO Interprofessional Students Collaborating in Healthcare

Department of Social and Public Health

Child Life Student Organization (CLSO)
Eta Sigma Gamma
Occupational Hygiene/Environmental Health/Safety Combined Student Organization

Ohio University’s Society for Health Administration (OUSHA)

Department of Social Work

Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society
Student Social Work Association (SSWA)

School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Exercise Physiology Club
Ohio University Student Nutrition Club
Ohio University Chapter of the College Diabetes Network

Athletic Training Student Organization

School of Nursing

Ohio University BSN Organization
Sigma Theta Tau (Honorary)

School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences

Aging and Gerontological Education Society (A.G.E.S.)
Creative Expressions
National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program

Ohio University Sign Language Club
Pre-Physical Therapy Club
Student Academy of Audiology (SOA)

College Wide

OHIO Interprofessional Students Collaborating in Healthcare
Peer Mentor Program
Student Advisory Council

Education Abroad

For information about education abroad opportunities, refer to “Office of Global Opportunities ” section of the Academic Opportunities - Universitywide  page.

Global Leadership Center

For information view the Global Leadership Center  page.