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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Health Sciences

3110 Human Health Building

(248) 370-3562

Fax: (248) 364-8657

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Dean: Kevin A. Ball, Ph.D.

Office of the Dean: Scott Crabill, Ph.D., interim associate dean; Maria Ebner-Smith, assistant dean; Michelle D. Southward, director academic advising; Wiliam L. Daniels, senior academic adviser, Lauren Creed, academic adviser, Denae May, academic adviser, Nancy Osmialowski, academic adviser.

General Information

The School of Health Sciences offers degree and non-degree programs in health and medically related fields. Bachelor of Science degree options include Applied Health Sciences, Health Sciences, Environmental Health and Safety, Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, and Wellness and Health Promotion. Minors are offered in Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Nutrition and Health, and Wellness and Health Promotion.  The School of Health Sciences offers Master of Science degrees in Exercise Science and in Safety Management and a Master of Public Health degree. The School of Health Sciences also offers both an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree for students who want to become physical therapists, and a post-professional Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree for licensed physical therapists. Graduate certificates are available in orthopedic manual physical therapy, pediatric rehabilitation, orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, teaching and learning for rehabilitation professionals, clinical exercise science, corporate and worksite wellness, and exercise science at the graduate level.

Continuing education is offered by the School of Health Sciences Center for Professional Development in order to meet the educational needs of health sciences professionals. Specialized contract programs are also provided to meet the unique professional staff development needs of employers in health care, business and industry, government and other settings. Programs are individually tailored to meet the specific workplace needs of professionals and employers. Programs and courses are offered either for university credit or noncredit. When noncredit programs and courses are offered, they carry the nationally recognized Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Admission to any program offered by the School of Health Sciences may be considered on a competitive basis if the balance between applicants and available instructional resources requires such action to maintain the academic integrity of the program.

School programs with laboratory and internship components require that physical, cognitive, and psycho-social technical standards be met. Students with disabilities who have questions about meeting these standards are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, 103A North Foundation Hall, (248) 370-3266.

High school students considering a major in any of the programs offered by the School of Health Sciences should consult the Admissions section of the catalog for specific preparation requirements.

The academic requirements for each of the baccalaureate programs of the School are described in the pages that follow. The requirements include prerequisite-level course-work that complements each program’s core curriculum, the program major course requirements, and the university General Education Requirements  and U.S. diversity requirements. Students changing majors are required to follow the program requirements listed in the catalog no earlier than the one in effect at the time of admission to the new program. (A change from pre-major to major standing in the same field does not constitute a change of program).

Students transferring from other universities or colleges to Oakland University must have their transcripts evaluated by the School of Health Sciences to determine which core curriculum or program course-work requirements have been met. See Transfer student information for additional information.

Academic Advising

Professional academic advisers are available to assist students with degree requirements, plans of study, course scheduling, transfer course evaluation, establishing academic goals, health career choices and the process of achieving major standing. The School of Health Sciences academic advising office is located in 1014 Human Health Building. For advising appointments, please call (248) 370-2369. Freshman and transfer orientation is required of all entering students. Undecided health science students should meet with an academic adviser early in their programs of study. Thereafter, students are encouraged to make appointments with an academic adviser periodically to monitor their progress. School of Health sciences faculty members are also available to assist with curriculum and course questions once students are enrolled in health sciences major course work.

To avoid delays in seeing a professional academic adviser, students are encouraged to schedule advising appointments during times other than early registration periods. Academic advisers are here to assist students in planning for their major programs. Ultimately, students are responsible for understanding and fulfilling the degree requirements for graduation as set forth in this catalog.

Approved Minors

School of Health Sciences students may elect to complete a minor in another discipline offering such an option. It is recommended that students who are considering declaring a minor consult as early as possible with the School of Health Sciences academic adviser and the minor field adviser. Credits earned toward a degree in the School of Health Sciences can be counted also toward any minor to which they would otherwise apply that is offered by the other schools or the college.

School Honors

Honors are awarded to School of Health Sciences graduating students who have earned a GPA of 3.50 or above in courses completed in the School.

Petition of Exception

For students enrolled in School of Health Sciences programs, all petitions of exception must be reviewed by an academic adviser and the appropriate program director before referral to the School of Health Sciences Committee on Instruction. See the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for further information (Petition of exception).

Applied Health Sciences Program

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Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences Program

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Exercise Science Program

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Health Sciences Program

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Environmental Health and Safety Program

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Physical Therapy Program

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Wellness and Health Promotion Program

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