May 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 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.; Nancy Demo, executive secretary

Associate Dean:  Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Ph.D. MLS(ASCP)CM

Office of the Dean: Maria Ebner-Smith, assistant dean; Michelle D. Southward, director of academic advising and student services; William L. Daniels, senior academic adviser, Lauren Leve, academic adviser, Denae May, academic adviser, Nancy Osmialowski, academic adviser, Hnou Vue, academic adviser; Kelli Dowd, coordinator for student services, leadership, and engagement; Sarah Brown, director of philanthropy; Julie Hamilton, office assistant III.

Board of Advocacy and Resource Development

Michael Antaran - Entrepreneur/ Carrot App creator, OU Alumnus

Gina Buccalo - Medical Director of the UAW Retiree, Medical Benefits Trust

Reyna Colombo - Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Beaumont Troy Hospital

Margaret Dimond - President and CEO, McLaren Oakland Hospital

Kathy Forzley - Director Oakland County Board of Health and Human Services, 3 time OU Alumnus

Arthur Griggs - past SHS Assistant Dean, and OU Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, OU Alumnus

Darryl Hill - Health and Safety Professional, Senior Vice President, Safety FirstGroup of America, past-President of ASSE, EHS Industry Advisory Board member

Bob Jarski - SHS Faculty Emeritus, Physician Assistant, Integrative and Holistic Health

Greg Jordan - Director, University Recreation and Well Being

Joel Kahn - Founder Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity, Medical Doctor

Ewa Matuszewski - Founder and CEO MedNetOne

Telva McGruder - Director, GM Global Facilities & Engineering, Procurement & Contracts

Moon J. Pak - Founder of School of Health Sciences, HALL of fame, Medical Doctor

Tom Spring - Director, HAP Health and Wellness, 3 time OU Alumnus

Teresa Stayer - Physical Therapist, Owner, SpectraMed Inc., OU Alumnus

Rheanne Suszek - Executive Director, North Oakland YMCA

Thomas A. Tanghe - City Manager, Auburn Hills

John Waugh - System Vice President, Henry Ford Health System


The School of Health Sciences provides an exceptional environment of collaborative, academic and clinical learning that helps transform students into leaders impacting the health needs of our communities in diverse wellness and health-related practices.

The School of Health Sciences is passionate about providing students with the best science-based health education, high-quality academic preparation, interdisciplinary teaching and excellence in instruction in the classroom and clinical laboratory.

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Health Sciences offers degree and non-degree programs in health and clinically related fields. Bachelor of Science degree options include Applied Health Sciences, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (Pre-Professional, Medical Laboratory Science, Histotechnology, Radiologic Technology, and Nuclear Medicine Technology), Health Sciences (Pre-Professional, Pre-pharmacy, Holistic Health, and Nutrition and Health), Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy), Environmental Health and Safety & Wellness and Health Promotion. Minors are offered in Community Health Engagement, Exercise Science, Environmental Health and Safety, Holistic Health, Nutrition and Health, and Wellness and Health Promotion.

Graduate Programs

The School offers a Master of Public Health and Master of Science degrees in Exercise Science and Safety Management. 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 and Continuing Education

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 room 3070, Human Health Building. For advising appointments, please call (248) 370-2369. Freshman and transfer orientation is required of all entering students. Undecided School of Health Sciences students should meet with an academic adviser early in their programs of study. Thereafter, students are required to make appointments with an academic adviser annually 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 their 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 are completed by the student with assistance from an SHS adviser as needed.  The petition must be reviewed by an academic adviser and the appropriate Program Director or Chair (when there is not a Program Director appointed) before referral to the Chair of the School of Health Sciences Committee on Instruction. See the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for further information (Petition of exception).


Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

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Department of Human Movement Science

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Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

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Department of Public and Environmental Wellness

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