Learn more about the courses necessary to complete a degree in Health Sciences.

What type of classes will I be taking?

The Health Sciences Program professional curriculum is typically two years in duration, with students entering in autumn semester of the junior or third year. Qualified students may be considered for freshman-level direct admit or sophomore-level (or second-year) admission. A minimum total of 120 semester hours, including prerequisites, program requirements, and general education courses (GE’s), and transfer credits are required for the degree.

Pre-Health Sciences Program
First and second year: Students complete GE coursework and admission prerequisite requirements that include: psychology, sociology, math, medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, statistics, economics, biology, and chemistry.

Health Sciences Program
Third and fourth year: Students complete core health sciences courses, minor coursework, and any additional graduate school pre-requisite coursework. Core Health Sciences content includes: pathophysiology, epidemiology, research, health care statistics analysis, ethics and issues, and management principles.

Professional Curriculum & Course Offerings

The professional curriculum includes courses available to students who have been admitted to the professional program. Students may complete the coursework on a part-time basis, however courses are typically offered once per academic year.

Degree R​equirements

A minimum of 59 semester hours, including all general graduation requirements, general education courses, program prerequisites, and professional curriculum. The official course descriptions for all university courses are available on the University Registrar's Course Offerings Bulletin​.

Professional Curriculum

The Health Science Professional Curriculum includes 12 Core Courses, 12 Major Elective Hours and a required minor. See the following tabs for detailed information.

General Education

To meet all requirements for a baccalaureate degree, students must complete all university degree requirements, also known as the general education (GE). See the GE Approved List of Courses​

Course Offerings

1100 Health and Rehabilitation Professions Survey

Introduction to the University, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and its academic programs. Emphasis on strategies for success, resources and procedures.

2200 CPR for the Healthcare Professionals

Knowledge, competencies, issues and concerns of health care providers regarding basic life support.  Completion of course leads to American Heart Association certification Basic Life Support-Health Care Provider card.

2500 Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

Terminology and abbreviations pertaining to anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic processes/procedures and medical/surgical interventions by body system.

2530 The Evolving Art and Science of Medicine

An analysis of the concepts of health and healing, coupled with an examination of historical developments that have impacted the art and science of the practice of medicine.

3000 Introduction to the Health Sciences Major and Career Opportunities

An introduction to the Health Sciences major, tools for success, and careers in healthcare and health-related services.

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3400 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Introduction to the concepts and theories involved in health promotion and disease prevention.

3500 Critical Phases in Life

An examination of human’s development from conception to death and factors critical to continuing health.

4000 Application of Ethical Decision Making in Health Care

Examination of ethical theories, bioethical principles, personal ethics, and ethical decision making, using a six-step model for application in the allied health professions.

4189 Health Sciences Internship

Field experience in a health care system highlighting health management, health and wellness, or other health science.

4193 Undergraduate Independent Study

Guided study of selected topics.

4300 Contemporary Topics in Health and Society

Offers the opportunity to delve into the current issues and factors that are influencing and shaping both society and health systems.

4320 Clinical Interviewing and Risk Assessment in Healthcare

Identification and prevalence of health risk behaviors and application of interviewing and counseling techniques designed to affect behavior change incorporation wellness and prevention strategies.

4350 Introduction to Legal Concepts in Health Care

Overview of legal concepts affecting practice of healthcare professionals including legal system, professional liability, and laws governing appropriate access and disclosure of patient information.

4370 Community and Policy Influence in Health Care

Review of the principles of community policy in relation to the health professions and professionals.

4400 Individual Differences in Patient/Client Populations

Examination of individual differences in patient/client populations from multiple perspectives of disability, chronic disease, healthcare disparity, culture, and the impact on health and wellness.

4450 Health Promotion in Practice

Integration of theory and emergent perspectives and applications in health promotion.  Students will demonstrate their understanding and application through development of a grant proposal.

4470 Teamwork and Leadership in Health Sciences

Gain understanding of leadership and team-building through experience in planed health related activities.

4530 Nutrition for Fitness

Introduction to the basic principles of nutrition as they relate to exercise performance and body composition of athletes and the physically active.

4570 The Role of Integrative Medicine

A research-based analysis of the intersection between evidence-based medicine and complementary and alternative approaches to wellness, as defined by the National Institutes of Health.

4600S Health after Mid-Life

Study of physical, psychological, and social components of normal aging and chronic disease for optimal aging; open to students interested in career in aging.

4900 Evidence-Based Research in Health Sciences

Overview of evidence-based practice as it applies to health care, including formulating relevant clinical questions, finding and evaluating evidence using effective search techniques, and translating research into practice.

4914 Group Education Process in Healthcare

Health care process: Principles of group education and health counseling as applied to responsibilities of the health care practitioner.

4950 Program Development and Evaluation for Health Sciences

Exposes the student to practical methods that can be used to develop, and evaluate health services programs in a variety of settings.

4998 Undergraduate Research in Health Science

Guided research by undergraduate students.

4998H Honors Undergraduate Research in Health Science

Guided research by undergraduate honors students.

5000 Strategies for Interprofessional Case Management

A problem-focused learning approach to the inter-professional management of complex patients to develop and understanding of the roles and scope of practice of different professions and the impact of a team approach to patient care.

5300 Management Principles and Human Resources for Health Care Professionals

An analysis of the management and human resources processes and its application to the health care setting.

5370 U.S. Healthcare Policy and Delivery System

An examination of healthcare delivery and current issues including history, policy, government regulations, legislation, politics, financing, accessibility, workforce and ethics.

5350 Case Studies in Health Sciences

Experience in evaluating and analyzing case studies in health care and health services emphasizing applied critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making approaches in leadership.

5500 Introduction to Pathophysiology

Fundamental concepts of pathophysiology including etiology, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of major body system disorders.

5510 Pharmacological Aspects of Practice in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Fundamentals of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug law, selected medications and treatment methods utilized by allied health professionals.

5550 Survey of Sports Medicine

Survey of sports medicine for non-professionals.  Topics include the sports medicine team; risk management; and common athletic injuries, their causes, prevention and immediate care.

5600 Global Aging

Study of health and well-being of older adults in developed and developing countries and immigrant communities in the United States.

5610 Death Loss and Grief in Multiple Perspectives

Exploration of death, loss, and grief from multiple perspectives: patient, family, institutional, community and health care provider.

5650 Aging and Public Policy Issues

Examines major public and social policy issues of aging society, citizen participation in policy processes, and analysis of policy decisions for the aging population in the United States.

5660 Long Term Care Services Across the Continuum

Introduction to long term care continuum, types of services, regulatory requirements, financing, alternatives, and issues of access, housing, challenges to providing quality care.

5717.02 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Current evident suggests that individuals with ASD require a team of integrated professionals to provide services throughout the lifespan.  This course will provide a broad perspective of ASD and current best practice from a variety of disciplines.

5717.03 An Interdisciplinary Pperspective on Developmental Disorders

Persons with developmental disabilities may have impairments in multiple areas of functioning.  This course is an advanced overview in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

5880.04 Interprofessional Practicum: Collaboration in Urban Communities

Students, faculty, and community residents and professionals offer research based solutions to community identified challenges.  Community asset mapping and best practices inform solutions.

5900 Health Sciences Research: Interpretation and Applications

Overview of research in the Health Sciences.  This course is intended to prepare students to be educated consumers of research and to enable them to find, understand, interpret, and apply research findings in their professional practice. 

Core Requirements

Core Requirements

Listed below are the 12 core class requirements for the Health Science Major.

HTHRHSC 3000 — Introduction to Health Sciences Major and Career Opportunities 1 Hour

An Introduction to the Health sciences major, tools for success and careers in healthcare.

HTHRHSC 3400 — Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 Hours

Programs in acute care institutions are examined as a means of marketing services, reducing health care costs and changing the roles of health practitioners.

HTHRHSC 3500 — Critical Phases of Life 3 Hours

An examination of human’s development from conception to death and factors critical to continuing health

HTHRHSC 4000 — Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare 3 Hours

An analysis of the management process and its application to the health care setting

HTHRHSC 4300 — Contemporary topics in Health and Society 3 Hours

Delves into the current issues and factors that are influencing and shaping both society and health systems.

HTHRHSC 4370 — Community & Policy Influence in Healthcare 3 Hours

A review of community policy and its effects on the health sciences

HTHRHSC 4400 — Individual Differences in Patient Client Populations 3 Hours

​Examination of individual differences in patient/client populations from multiple perspectives of disability, chronic disease, healthcare disparity, culture and the impact on health and wellness.

HTHRHSC 5300 — Management and Human Resources in Healthcare 3 hours

HTHRHSC 5370 US — Health Care Policy and Delivery System 3 Hours

An examination of the roles of public and private organizations in planning and supporting health care, including study of health trends, social legislation, and current professional issues.

HTHRHSC 5500 — Introduction to Pathophysiology 4 hours

HTHRHSC 5900 — Health Sciences Research 3 Hours

Concepts related to initiating and conducting research; experimental design; computer graphics and statistics; and analysis of research reports.

PUBHEI 2410 — Introduction to Epidemiology 3 Hours

Introduction to the study of population health; history, methods, applications, and issues in epidemiology.

Major Electives

Major Electives

Major electives are required for students in the Health Sciences program.  These courses give students the option to tailor their course selections around their personal interests in healthcare.  Most students will need to complete 12 hours of electives before graduation.  Some students may need to complete 15 hours of electives based on what minor they choose and those who have earned an Associate of Applied Science are not required to complete major electives.  Students should work closely with their academic adviser to assist with major elective course planning.


Health Science Major Elective List* - Columbus Campus

Health Science Major Elective List* - Online Program

*Courses in this list are subject to change.

Required Minor

Required Minor

The Health Sciences program requires completion of a minor. A minor typically consists of 12+ credit hours and sometimes can overlap with GE courses. Major/minor course overlap will not be allowed. Students with an Associate Degree are not required to complete a minor. 

Students interested in attending medical, dental optometry or PA school should consider pursuing the biology minor in order to meet both the minor requirement and to fulfill graduate school prerequisites.

View Complete List of Minors

Suggested Scheduling Plan

Suggested Scheduling Plan

The following plan demonstrates how students may complete the Health Sciences program in 8 semesters. The semester and year in which some courses are placed can be adjusted to meet the individual needs of students.

Year 1 (32 hours)

  • HTHRHSC 1100 (1)
  • Math 1150 or Higher* (5)
  • Chemistry 1210 (5)
  • Psychology 1100 (3)
  • GE (3)

*Students who do not test into Math 1150 or do not have math credit will require an adjusted schedule based on the results of the math placement test. 

  • Chemistry 1220 (5)
  • Sociology 1101 (3)
  • Biology 1113 (4)
  • English 1110 (3)

Year 2 (31 hours)

  • Anatomy 2300.04 (4)
  • HTHRHSC 2500 (3)
  • GE (3)
  • Major Elective/Minor (3)

  • Statistics 1350 or 1450 (3)
  • EEOB 2520 (3)
  • GE (3)     
  • Elective (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Year 3 (32 hours)

  • HTHRHSC 3000 — Intro to Health Prof (1)
  • HTHRHSC 5300 — Mgt and HR for Health Prof (3)
  • HTHRHSC 3400 — Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3)
  • HTHRHSC  5500 — Intro to Pathophysiology (4)
  • Minor Course (3)  
  • Major Elective (3)
  • HTHRHSC 5900 — Research (3)
  • HTHRHSC 3500 — Critical Phases of Life (3)
  • HTHRHSC 5370 — Health Care Delivery (3)
  • Major Elective or Minor Course (3)
  • GE (3)

Year 4 (31 hours)

  • HTHRHSC 4000 — Ethical Decision Making (3)
  • HTHRHSC 4400 — Individual Differences in Client Populations (3)
  • PUBH-Epi 2410 — Intro to Study of Populations (3)
  • Major electives (3)
  • Minor Courses (3)
  • HTHRHSC 4370 — Community Influence and HTHRHSC (3)
  • HTHRHSC 4300 — Contemporary Topics in Health and Society(3)
  • Major Electives (3)
  • Minor Courses (3)
  • GE (3)

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that prospective students attend an information session or schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the Office of Student Affairs. 

Baccalaureate degree holders, transfer, international, and student athletes are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Services to discuss special circumstances which may apply.  
Christie Lukegord 
Health Sciences Academic Advisor
206 Atwell Hall
453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Office of Student Services
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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