This program prepares you to work with clients at various developmental stages, including children, adolescents, families at mid-life, and senior citizens. It includes family and child development classes in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences with a life span emphasis, as well as courses relating to issues that include diversity in families, family ties and aging, human sexuality, death and dying, and human services field exploration. Required courses from other departments include psychology, sociology, and social work. Also required are a 75 hour junior practicum and a 400 hour quarter of full-time field experience in human services. These provide practical experience and the opportunity to apply theory and course content to real-life situations. If you choose to add the optional undergraduate gerontology certificate to your degree, you also will gain in-depth knowledge and skills for careers that involve working with older adults.
Ohio University does not have a certified Child Life Specialist (CLS) program. However, the Family Studies program is the recommended major if you are interested in pursuing this profession. Please be aware that this is an extremely competitive field, and you need to be willing to take some extra steps in order to be competitive for an internship. This includes maintaining a high GPA and having specific field experiences. It is highly recommended that you take the following two classes: HLTH 230, Medical Terminology and HSLS 378, Sign Language.
Family studies graduates find employment in many areas of human services, including child and family services, adolescent group homes, rehabilitation centers, community programs for the developmentally disabled, senior citizen centers, family planning centers, mental health agencies, probation services, emergency shelters, adult foster care, hospice, hospitals, 4-H programs, and other agencies that assist families and individuals in crisis.
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The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.
The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.
All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.
While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.