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

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 (several 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 graduate programs. Students will receive the degree of Bachelor of Science from the Honors Tutorial College.

TUTORIALS. 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, and Nutrition faculty and existing health-related programs at Ohio University. 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 dietitician exam. Internships and/or study abroad 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.
ADVISING AND MONITORING. 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, presentations by the student, participation in the research or programs, etc.

THE HONORS THESIS. The honors thesis is a research project 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 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.

EVALUATION. 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, community and applied health, physician's assistant, etc.).

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Science


Honors Tutorial College
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Administrative Contact

Cheryl Howe, director of studies/contact person