Learn Online from Distinguished Faculty at Ohio State


Are you looking to begin or advance your healthcare career? Now is the perfect time to turn your educational dreams into reality.

Our online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program will introduce you to the healthcare field and provide you with an in-depth science background. Taught by distinguished faculty from The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, our flexible academic environment will allow you to explore and prepare for your career success. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to begin your health-related career, advance in your current healthcare role or apply to enter a graduate professional program in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. 

We’re helping some of the best and brightest complete their educational dreams. Now, it’s your turn.

Before You Apply

Are you ready to become a Buckeye? We understand that starting or continuing your education at Ohio State is a huge undertaking. Because of that, we want to make sure you have access to the information you need to make informed decisions.



Online Program Prerequisites

Our online health sciences program requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the semester prior to enrollment in the professional program. Co-requisite courses can be completed once in the program, but before graduation. All prerequisite and co-requisite courses must achieve a grade of C- or higher. These course may not be available in online format.

Program prerequisites or equivalents (once admitted, 2 years of classes)

  • One of the following college-level math classes:
    • Math 1148
    • Math 1149
    • Math 1150 or higher
    • Any 3 sciences from the list below, one of which should include a lab (it is up to the student to be proactive in identifying graduate programs of interest so that they can schedule the 3 science courses accordingly):
      • Chem 1110
      • Chem 1210
      • Chem 1220
      • Bio 1101
      • Bio 1102
      • Bio 1110
      • Bio 1113
      • Bio 1114
      • Humntr 2210
      • Micro 4000
      • Physics 1200
      • Physics 1201

Program Prerequisites or equivalents (once admitted, 2 years of classes)

  • Anatomy 2300 or Anatomy 3300 or EEOB 2510
  • Physiology: EEOB 2520 or Physio 3200

Program co-requisites or equivalents must be completed before graduation (once admitted, 2 years of classes)

  • Psychology: Psych 1100
  • Sociology: Soc 1101 or Rurlsoc 1500
  • Medical Terminology: HTHRHSC 2500 or Classics 2010
  • Statistics: Stat 1350 or 1450 or Soc 3549

The coursework provided does not include all available options. Students should speak to an academic advisor in SHRS to determine what courses or transfer credits will be accepted. 

NOTE: If you are currently taking pre-requisite courses at an outside institution, you will need to provide an unofficial transcript from that institution along with your application, as proof that you are in the process of completing the necessary pre-requisites. Failure to do this, may result in being denied admission to the program.  


Transcript Review

Students who would like their previous education to be evaluated should complete the Pre-requisite evaluation form through Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.

Students who complete an official pre-requisite evaluation should anticipate a 4-6 week turnaround time.

Prerequisite Evaluation Individual Request Form


To contact Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions, please use the following information:

Student Academic Services Building, Lobby
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132

Email: gpadmissions@osu.edu

Phone: 614-292-9444
Fax: 614-292-3895

Call in hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Drop in hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


If you completed coursework in Ohio, you can use the Graduate Professional Admissions standards page to get an idea if your coursework might be accepted (click on health sciences, select your school): http://admissions.osu.edu/standards/


If you completed coursework in Ohio or outside of Ohio, you can also visit transferology.com to get an idea if your coursework will transfer. Note – not all colleges and universities will be listed on this website.


Students can make an in-person or phone appointment with an SHRS advisor to discuss program information and previous coursework completed. Transcripts are always welcome during appointments as they can be a useful tool in advisement. However, all advisor evaluations of coursework are considered unofficial.

Credit When It's Due

Ohio’s Credit When It’s Due initiative was created to assist eligible students to obtain an Associate Degree through Ohio’s public institutions.  Students can earn this degree while working towards a bachelor’s degree or by working with a previously attended 2 year college.  Students should contact any previously attended institution to learn more.

Credit When It’s Due Website: https://www.ohiohighered.org/CWID

Credit When It’s Due Resources: https://www.ohiohighered.org/CWID/resources

An Associate Degree is not required to start in the Health Sciences Program.  However, students who hold an Associate Degree that are part of the Health Sciences program will be able to waive coursework required by the program.  This will shorten the time to graduation.  Please visit the above websites or speak to your academic advisor for more information.

General Education Requirements

All students must complete the general education (GE) before graduating from the university. The required coursework is listed below:
  • Writing: 6 hours
  • Quantitative and Logical Skills: 6-8 hours
  • Natural Science: 10 hours
  • Literature: 3 hours
  • Social Science: 6 hours
  • Historical Study: 3 hours
  • Culture and Ideas or Second Historical Study: 3 hours
  • Open Options: 6 hours
  • Social Diversity in the United States: 0-3 hours
  • Global Studies: 0-6 hours
  • Survery 1100 (1)

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Please note that GE courses may not be available in online format.

Minimum semester hours required: 120 for graduation.

*30 hours of the 120 must be completed at Ohio State for residency requirement.

Tuition and Fees

Here at Ohio State, we’re committed to providing you a quality and affordable online educational experience. We understand that financials play an important role in your decision to continue or begin your education.

To help you have a clear picture of tuition and fees, we’ve put together a table estimate for the total cost for completion of our degree, including both university and program-specific fees. Additionally, we’re proud to extend our in-state tuition pricing for out-of-state students in our online program.

View Tuition Estimate


Contact Our Advisor

Do you want to learn more about our online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree program?

We have an academic advisor exclusively for our online students. Whether you have questions on transfer credits, program prerequisites, tuition and more, our advisor can provide answers. You can call 614-292-1706, email HRSStudentServices@osumc.edu or submit an online inquiry with your question or to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.

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Become a Buckeye

We’re excited that you want to join our Buckeye family. Below you’ll find information on our application process and an outline of the courses you can expect to take as an online student.  

Application Process

Students are encouraged to apply early to allow full review of your application.  The deadlines are listed below:

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2018: November 8, 2017 - Priority Deadline: October 15, 2017

Summer 2018: March 9, 2018 - Priority Deadline: February 28, 2018

Autumn 2018: June 21, 2018 - Priority Deadline: January 31, 2018

NOTE: If you are currently taking pre-requisite courses at an outside institution, you will need to provide an unofficial transcript from that institution along with your application, as proof that you are in the process of completing the necessary pre-requisites. Failure to do this, may result in being denied admission to the program.  

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Course Schedule for Students with Associate of Applied Science

Year 1-2:

  • Completing AS program

Year 3:

Autumn (14 hours)
  • HTHRHSC 3000 (1) — Intro to Health Professions
  • HTHRHSC 5300 (3) — Mgt Principles & Human Resource for Healthcare Professionals
  • HTHRHSC 3400 (3) — Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • HTHRHSC 5500 (4)— Intro to Pathophysiology
  • GE (3)
Spring (12 hours)
  • HTHRHSC 5900 (3) — Research
  • HTHRHSC 3500 (3) — Critical Phases of Life
  • HTHRHSC 5370 (3) — Healthcare Delivery
  • GE (3)

Year 4:

Autumn (12 hours)
  • HTHRHSC 4000 (3) — Ethical Decision Making
  • HTHRHSC 4400 (3) — Individual Differences in Client Populations
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)
Spring (15 hours)
  • HTHRHSC 4370 (3) — Community and Policy Influence in Healthcare
  • HTHRHSC 4300 (3) — Contemporary Topics in Health & Society
  • Pubh-Epi 2410 (3) — Intro to Study of Populations
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)

Course Schedule for Students with any Associates Degree

Year 1-2:

  • Completing AS program

Year 3:

Autumn (17 hours):

  • HTHRHSC 3000 (1) — Intro to Health Professions
  • HTHRHSC 5300 (3) — Mgt Principles & Human Resource for Healthcare Professionals
  • HTHRHSC 3400 (3) — Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • HTHRHSC 5500 (4)— Intro to Pathophysiology
  • Major Elective (3)
  • GE (3)

Spring (15 hours):

  • HTHRHSC 5900 (3) — Research
  • HTHRHSC 3500 (3) — Critical Phases of Life
  • HTHRHSC 5370 (3) — Healthcare Delivery
  • Major Elective (3)
  • GE (3)

Year 4:

Autumn (18 hours):

  • HTHRHSC 4000 (3) — Ethical Decision Making
  • HTHRHSC 4400 (3) — Individual Differences in Client Populations
  • Major Elective (3)
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)

Spring (18 hours):

  • HTHRHSC 4370 (3) — Community and Policy Influence in Healthcare
  • HTHRHSC 4300 (3) — Contemporary Topics in Health & Society
  • Pubh-Epi 2410 (3) — Intro to Study of Populations
  • Major Elective (3)
  • GE (3)
  • GE (3)

Major Electives:
  • The Health Sciences program requires completion of no less than 12 major elective hours.
  • Elective Options:
    • HTHRHSC 2530 (The Evolving Art and Science of Medicine)
    • HTHRHSC 4530 (Nutrition for Fitness)
    • HTHRHSC 5510 (Pharmacology)
    • HIMS 5648 (Microcomputer Applications in Health Sciences)
    • HTHRHSC 4450 (Health Promotion in Practice)
    • HTHRHSC 4189 (HS Internship)
    • HTHRHSC 4570 (Role of Integrative Medicine)
    • HTHRHSC 4950 (Program Development and Evaluation)
    • Mediet 3100 (Human Nutrition and Metabolism) 

Minors

The Health Sciences Program requires the completion of a minor to allow students to explore other areas of academic interests.  Most minors consist of 12+ credit hours, and can sometimes overlap with a GE course. Students with an Associate Degree are not required to complete a minor.


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Current Students

As an online student at Ohio State, you have unique access to student services and benefits. We’ve outlined how to take advantage of some of our most popular resource for distance students.  


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