Major code *BS6357
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Grover Center W379
Athens, OH 45701
Averell S. Overby, contact person
The Integrated Healthcare Studies degree is primarily designed for individuals who have completed an associate’s degree in an allied health-related discipline to further their education and career possibilities, and present possibilities for continued study in graduate education. The Integrated Healthcare Studies program responds to the need of an increasingly complex state of the American healthcare system by providing opportunities for students to acquire vital knowledge and skills that will be critical in practicing and navigating the healthcare system. Not only is the healthcare system becoming more complex, healthcare professions and healthcare support will be among the fastest growing occupations, but will require high levels of post-secondary education. *Note: This program was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents on 12/16/2014.
The admissions criteria are as follows: a) An associate’s degree with no less than 60 semester hours of credit in a health-related field (e.g., health technology, medical assisting, human services and technology, health information management, respiratory care, physical therapy assistant). To further qualify the student must have completed the following: 1. One course in mathematics 2. One course in English composition 3. One course in biological sciences 4. One course in psychology, sociology, or social work 5. At least 9 semester hours in additional courses with a health or medical focus including: First Aid and CPR/AED, Medical Terminology, and courses with the Ohio University prefixes BIOS (Biological Sciences), HTCH (Health Technology), MAT (Medical Technology), HST (Human Services Technology) or HLTH (Health). Others will be considered. b) A minimum GPA of 2.67 (B-).
Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements.
External Transfer Admission
Students will apply to Ohio University having completed an associate’s degree in a health related field, and have a minimum GPA of 2.67 (B-) as reflected on official transcripts. The policy and procedure for accepting transfer of credit from other institutions will be consistent with the policy outlined in the current Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog (2014-15).
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Some students who complete this B.S. degree will choose to pursue graduate/professional programs. This program provides the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree (which is normally a requirement for graduate study) and to potentially explore allied health disciplines through elective coursework which may assist/prepare a student for further education at the graduate level. Examples of some of the paths for graduate study would include speech-language pathology, audiology, public/community health, health education, health informatics, health care administration, and social work This degree provides opportunity for more sophisticated study of specific disciplines which may enable a student to pursue management and executive positions in the healthcare industry.