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Health Sciences Program

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus, Lima

School: Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The health sciences program provides students an introduction to the health care field and an in-depth science background to prepare them for a health-related career or a graduate professional health program.

Health sciences may be used by students who plan to apply to a graduate/professional program, including medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, hospital administration, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner and medical dietetics.

This program is offered on campus or online. The online health sciences program is a degree completion program, offering students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree online after completing several prerequisite courses. 

First-year students who wish to apply to the health sciences program must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. All students who wish to apply to the health sciences program must have completed the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C- or higher: 

  • College algebra
  • Three General Education (GE) sciences, including at least one physical science GE from physics or chemistry and at least one biological science (one science must have a lab)

Students may also apply to the health sciences program during their sophomore year for entry autumn semester of the junior year. Learn more about program prerequisites.


The health sciences professional curriculum offers preperation for a variety of careers and graduate or professional programs. It is a science-based curriculum that emphasizes practical skills that can be enriched by internship and research opportunities.

Courses in the curriculum include Introduction to Health Professions, Health Care Management and HR, Health Promotion, Introduction to Pathophysiology, Critical Phases of Life, Health Care Delivery, Ethical Decision Making, and Cultural Differences in Clients.

Health sciences students are required to select and complete a minor in order to be eligible for graduation. Students may choose any minor offered at the university or may elect to use a previously earned associate degree in its place.  

Students in the health sciences program are encouraged to contact the Office of International Affairs to find study abroad experiences related to health care that can strengthen their applications to majors and graduate study programs.

An internship is not required for health sciences students, but those students who are able to arrange an internship experience for themselves may be eligible to earn major course credit for their experience. Internships are listed on places such as The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's careers page and the Buckeye Careers Network.

Health sciences students may apply to any of the Ohio State Scholars programs. Students in the Ohio State Scholars programs live together, attend classes together and have the opportunity to be a part of a close-knit community. 

The Health Sciences Scholars Program and the Dunn Sport and Wellness Scholars Program may be of particular interest to health sciences students because they bring together students with interests in the many health programs offered at Ohio State.

Learn more about the Honors and Scholars Programs at

Students in the health sciences program can participate in a variety of research endeavors either independently or as part of the requirements for their program of study. Some students may find paid research assistant positions posted within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Students in the health sciences program can live in the Future Health Professionals Learning Community or become members of the Health Sciences Club. Students may also be nominated by faculty to participate in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Ambassadors program.

Health sciences graduates will find many opportunities to serve as managers, directors, administrative coordinators and even consultants in managed care organizations, home health care agencies and physician group practices. Graduates will also find employment as health educators, volunteer managers, grant writers and coordinators in community agencies, nonprofit organizations, wellness programs, public health departments, and corporate wellness centers.

Additionally, a major in health sciences also provides excellent preparation for post-baccalaureate programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine and similar fields. Approximately 80 percent of health sciences graduates pursue graduate study after completing their bachelor's degrees.

Student Services Office
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

The program can be tailored to provide the foundation of coursework for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam and can also be used if you're looking to complete your bachelor’s degree after achieving an associate degree in a related health care field.

Interested in a career in health care?

Check out the Health Care Pathway to discover the many majors Ohio State offers that can lead to a health care career.