Assistant Dean for Student Services
Assistant to the Dean for
Recruitment and Retention
The College of Health and Human Services is made up of the School of Health Sciences, the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, the School of Human and Consumer Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Physical Therapy, and the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences. In order to provide students with a variety of local clinical education opportunities, the schools operate the Ohio University Therapy Associates Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy Clinics, Child Development Center, 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 of Health and Human Services 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 and the expansion of knowledge in their respective disciplines. There is a commitment to provide a positive learning and work environment for students, faculty, and staff: an environment characterized by mutual respect and concern and one that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The College actively seeks to develop cultural and ethnic diversity among students, faculty, and staff.
The College is dedicated to the development of the total student. Academic courses, recreational programs, and wellness activities are offered to the entire University community. The College further recognizes its responsibility to provide outreach programs that include continuing education for practicing professionals, as well as health and human services to the nearby community.
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.)
In addition, the School of Health Sciences offers the following minor:
Environmental Health Science
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences
In addition, the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences offers the following minor:
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Nutrition with Science
Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) conferred jointly by the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services:
Early Childhood (teaching licensure)
In addition, the School of Human and Consumer Sciences offers the following minors:
Basic and Applied Nutrition
In addition, the School of Human and Consumer Sciences offers the following Associate Degree (A.A.S.):
In addition, the School of Nursing offers the following teaching license for registered nurses (RNs):
Major awarding the Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (B.S.P.E.)
Physical Education (teaching license)
Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies (B.S.R.S.)
Outdoor Education and Camping
Majors awarding the Bachelor of Science in Sport Sciences (B.S.Sp.S.)
In addition, the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences offers the following minor:
In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the college offers a Gerontology Certificate.
An entry-level doctoral degree program is offered by the School of Physical Therapy. Master's and doctoral degree programs are offered by the School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences. Master's degree programs are also available in the Schools of Health Sciences, Human and Consumer Sciences, and Recreation and Sport Sciences. All programs are described in detail in the Ohio University Graduate Catalog .
If you are already in an academic college at Ohio University and wish to transfer into any program within the College of Health and Human Services (except for athletic training, early childhood, nursing, physical education, or sport industry, which have selective admissions), you must have a minimum accumulative g.p.a. of 2.0.
If you plan to pursue a teaching license, you must meet the criteria for selective admission to and retention in teacher education as established by the College of Education (see "Admission to Professional Education" in the College of Education section) even though you are a major within the College of Health and Human Services.
The college's policy on internships, practica, field experiences, and student teaching requires that you be registered for the experience in the quarter 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 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 preregistration. This report lists the requirements for your degree and your progress in completing them. If you are interested in determining your progress for other or additional majors, the Student Services Office within the dean's office can provide you with a "what if" DARS report.
You will be eligible to sit for the appropriate licensing or certification exam if you successfully complete any of the following majors: athletic training or long-term health care administration. If you complete your 12-week internship in therapeutic recreation under a NCTRC certified professional, and complete all requirements for the major, you are eligible to sit for the certification exam. Completing either the dietetics or nutrition with science options fulfills the academic component for becoming a registered dietitian, but not the internship component. 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 (C.L.S.) 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 on the following pages.
Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national family and consumer sciences honorary, has an active chapter in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences. 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 School of Health Sciences.
You are encouraged to participate in student professional organizations within your major or area of interest. Recognized professional organizations within the college include
Industrial Hygiene Student Association
Student Environmental Health Association
Student Chapter American College of Healthcare Executives
OU Chapter of American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
OU Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers
OU Hospitality Association
OU Student Dietetic and Nutrition Science Association
Student Early Childhood Organization
Physical Education Club
Sports Marketing CLub
Sports Medicine Club
Strength and Conditioning Club
You must complete at least 28 credit hours from the following list of courses including an approved practicum, field experience, or internship. The required gerontology-oriented practicum, field experience, or internship cannot contribute more than 5 credit hours to the total 28 hours required for the certificate.
HCCF 380 Death and Dying 4 HCCF 462F Family Ties and Aging 4 HCFN 260B Lifespan Nutrition: The Adult and Geriatric Years 1 HLTH 225 Long-Term Care Admin. I 4 HLTH 290 Health Aspects of Aging 4 HLTH 325 Long-Term Care Admin. II 4 HLTH 405 Long-Term Care Admin. III 4 HLTH 406 Alternatives to Traditional Long-Term Care 4 HS 491 Special Topics in Gerontology 1-4 HSLS 300 Aging and Disorders of Communication 4 NRSE 491B Gerontic Nursing 1-3 PESS 421 Principles of Aging and Physical Activity 4 PHIL 480 Thinking About Death 4 PSY 374 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging 4 SW 340 Mental Health and Social Work 4 SW 381 Counseling Older Adults 4 SW 486 Aging in American Society 4
Other courses may be substituted with prior approval of program coordinator
Practicum/Field Experience Options
HCCF 499 Field Experience in Family Studies 12 HLTH 364 Community Health Field Experience 1-5 HLTH 464 Community Health Services Practicum 15 HLTH 480 Practicum in Health Admin. 10 HLTH 481 Internship in Health Admin. 15 Social work majors must enroll in the following three social work (SW) courses: SW 396 Social Work Practice I 4 SW 491A Integrative Seminar 2 SW 492A Field Practicum 4 Other courses may be substituted with prior approval of program coordinator
If you are interested in the certificate you can obtain an application form from your college's Student Service Office. After completing the application and obtaining the coordinator's signature, return the form to that office. Each quarter on your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) Report, you will be able to track your progress in the certificate program. The Gerontology Certificate will be awarded upon graduation if you have successfully completed the certificate requirements, and a notation of the certificate will be recorded on your permanent record (transcript). For more information on course offerings or other concerns, contact the coordinator of the Gerontology Certificate Program.