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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

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Department of Social and Public Health  

The Department of Social and Public Health provides students with the lifelong ability to seek and acquire information and transform this knowledge into responsible action within the environmental, public health, and health-care communities. This mission recognizes that the education of students through the critical thinking process is our highest priority.

The Department of Social and Public Health is committed to:

•    The provision of quality education to our students in the environmental, public health and health sciences professions through the critical thinking process.

•    The contribution of knowledge in the environmental, public health and health sciences professions.

•    The personal and professional growth of both students and faculty through support of academic development, scholarly activities and community service.

•    The integration of classroom activities, research and practical experiences in professional settings.

•    The involvement and participation in Community Outreach services. Research and scholarly endeavors as means of contributing to the body of knowledge in the environmental, public health and health sciences     professions.

•    The provision of a healthy learning atmosphere for students, and a professionally stimulating work environment for faculty and staff.

•    The support of activities for community development as well as professional needs.

•    Showing mutual respect and concern for one another, the University, the community, and professionals in the health and health-related fields.

•    Acknowledging and embracing cultural and ethnic diversity among students, faculty and staff.

•    Accredited Environmental Health (EH), Industrial Hygiene (IH), Public Health (MPH), and Long Term Care     Administration programs. 

•    EH program is 1 of only 30 nationally accredited programs. 

•    IH is 1 of only 5 accredited undergraduate programs in the nation.

•    MPH is part of largest consortium program in the United States, thus maximizing Ohio resources.

•    Graduate Certificate in African Community Health Services is the only one of its kind in the United States.

•    Collaborations in 12 African countries, with students engaged in various community health initiatives.


The Department of Social and Public Health offers four student organizations for students to get involved in.

• Eta Sigma Gamma is the National Professional Health Honorary Society. The primary purpose of Eta Sigma Gamma is to enhance the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the profession of health education.

•Future Healthcare Administrators (FHCA) of the Ohio University

The purpose of FHCA is to promote an educational environment where students may develop professional, personal and social skills. FHCA attempts to develop an association with local, regional and national health services executive groups that may enhance academic and career opportunities.

•Industrial Hygiene Student Local Section of AIHA

The Ohio University Industrial Hygiene Student Association (IHSA) was founded over a decade ago to foster a sense of community among students engaged in this university program of study. Officers of the organization are elected by all members of the BSIH major by an annual election held in spring quarter. Officers of the IHSA help ensure the organization meets its objectives of sponsoring social activities and semi-professional activities, such as resume and cover letter writing workshops, fundraising, major recruiting and topics of interest to the student membership. IHSA meetings are held approximately once per quarter in a local restaurant, officer’s home or classroom in Grover Center.

• Student Environmental Health Association

College of Health Sciences and Professions

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.

Ohio University

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.