Jun 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Translational Health—Applied Health (B.S. in Translational Health) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BS1946 - Applied Nutrition Track
Major Code BS1947 - Exercise Physiology Track

Honors Tutorial College 
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Cheryl Howe, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The HTC Translational Health - Applied Health degree offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of health and wellness in one-on-one interactions with Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and other health-related faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for the student to progress well beyond the material found in the conventional courses. Students can select either an Applied Nutrition track or an Exercise Physiology track. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as a preparation for graduate or professional study. The Nutrition track may be tailored to satisfy the requirements for the Registered Dietitian board exam (additional general education courses are required for the verification statement to sit for this exam), while both tracks may be tailored to satisfy the requirements for  professional graduate programs, such as medical school and physician’s assistant, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational therapy and athletic training graduate programs. Students will receive the degree of Bachelor of Science from the Honors Tutorial College.


Students are required to complete eight tutorials, including two devoted to a thesis. These tutorials will include experiences with basic and applied research, clinical experience, and community health and wellness with the assistance of Exercise Physiology, Biomedical Science, Clinical and Nutrition faculty, and existing health-related programs at Ohio University and in the surrounding community. In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW), all core courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. These electives may be completed from a single area of focus to acquire an academic minor or may be the courses necessary to prepare for graduate programs or to sit for the registered dietician (RD) exam. Internships and/or study/clinic abroad experiences may be included within the program with special permission from the Director of Studies. Honors Tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester. 


Each student receives initial advice from the Director of Studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee, which must include at least the Director of Studies and the Advisor, will monitor the thesis work beginning your junior year. A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and/or assist with ongoing health-related research or programs. The tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, student presentations, participation in the research or programs, etc.


The honors thesis is a research project or program reflecting the student’s special interests. These projects are conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member, who generally will be the faculty advisor of the student’s thesis committee. The thesis acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of the committee. Although an intensive study of the relevant theoretical and research literature is important to the thesis, students are expected to conduct original research of the highest quality and must present the results at a local, regional, or national conference of a professional association and/or submit the results for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal to fulfill the thesis requirement.


Students throughout the program earn letter grades consistent with the university grading system and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who earn less than a B, or who maintain less than a 3.5 GPA will need to confer with the Director of Studies and/or the Dean of the College. In addition to letter grade assessments, tutors complete quarterly course descriptions and evaluations of each student’s work. In these assessments both the student’s academic standing and academic attitude are evaluated.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the Director of Studies of the HTC Translational Health - Applied Health Degree and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-programs/apply. Recommendation letters from two high school teachers are optional but recommended. 

Change of Program Policy

First-Year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the HTC Translational Health - Applied Health Degree and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

External Transfer Admission

First-Year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the HTC Translational Health - Applied Health Degree and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Successful graduates of the HTC Translational Health - Applied Health Degree are highly competitive applicants for graduate school or professional school (medical school, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology and metabolism, nutrition and dietetics, kinesiology, athletic training, community and applied health, physician’s assistant, etc.) and for prestigious academic fellowships that help with the cost of graduate school.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Applied Health Core Courses

Complete at least one of the following courses:

Anatomy and Physiology Courses

Complete either of the following series:

Approved Certificate Requirement

The Translational Health - Applied Health major requires completion of an approved certificate. The courses used to gain the certificate can also be used towards the electives requirement (12 hours) for the major. 


Complete 12 hours of coursework from one or any of the following minors or certificates. Please consult with your advisor regarding your post-graduation plans to ensure you are meeting any needed requirements outside of those set aside for the program. 


Applied Nutrition Minor  , Biological Sciences Minor  , Chemistry Minor  , Psychology Minor  


Diabetes Certificate , Performing Arts Health and Wellness Certificate Program  , Sports Nutrition  

Courses which meet the elective requirements are listed below: 

Applied Nutrition (Exercise Physiology track only)

Courses used to meet other program requirements cannot also be used to meet the elective requirement. As such, only students in the Exercise Physiology track can use Applied Nutrition courses to meet the elective requirement.

Exercise Physiology (Applied Nutrition Track only)

Courses used to meet other program requirements cannot also be used to meet the elective requirement. As such, only students in the Applied Nutrition track can use Exercise Physiology courses to meet the elective requirement.


The following classes can be used to meet the elective requirement. In addition, most 3000 or 4000-level Psychology classes can meet the requirement. The following 3000/4000-level courses CANNOT be used to meet the requirement PSY 3910, PSY 3920, PSY 3940, PSY 3970T, PSY 3980T, PSY 4930, PSY 4970H, PSY 4970T, PSY 4980H, PSY 4980T, and PSY 4990H. 

Specialty Tracks

Complete one of the following specialty tracks:

Applied Nutrition Track

Exercise Physiology Track

Registered Dietitian Verification Statement

(Optional) Complete the following courses for verification statement to register for the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. Several of these courses are either program requirements or courses which can be used to meet the elective requirement. Note, a master’s degree is not required prior to taking the RD exam. (These courses are not necessary for students who are planning to go to a graduate program that includes the verification courses.)