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Department of Health & Sport Sciences

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences is deeply rooted in the history of ǿմý University as a department that prides itself as being a place that supports hands-on learning for our students and as a department committed to excellence in teaching and advising for our students. We have achieved long-standing success with helping our students reach their future professional goals. The Department of Health and Sport Sciences works to prepare students to become competent, self-directed professionals through sound curricular programming, dedicated faculty, and outstanding facilities and equipment.

Department faculty work closely with students within the classroom and through close, personal advising relationships. This mentorship allows our students to succeed at ǿմý and beyond! In 2022, 100% of the Allied Health students that applied to graduate school in physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assisting were accepted. The 3+2 Master of Science in Athletic Training has grown from our well-respected undergraduate program in Athletic Training! Exercise Science and Health Promotion majors benefit from the experience of working with faculty and staff in our OtterFit Wellness program as early as their sophomore year and grow that experiential learning into respected internships in the fitness and wellness industries. Students majoring in Sports Management are actively engaged on-campus with event planning such as the recent Zero Waste Gameday program and also benefit from an array of outstanding internships. Public Health students are well connected to the Westerville and greater Columbus community where they benefit from real-life application of their coursework.

Take a look at this video produced entirely by HSS students to learn more about what they value about their department.

Programs of Study

Allied Health Program

B.S.

Allied Health

Allied Health majors learn about human movement, evidence-based medicine, and exercise response. Our program is designed to prepare you for graduate school in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, and physician assisting, among other health-related fields.
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B.S.

Exercise Science & Health Promotion

The Exercise Science & Health Promotion major prepares you to work in health education and the promotion of health programs as well as exercise science, nutrition, lifestyle management, and corporate wellness. Students gain hand-on experience with personal training and can earn one or more certifications in fitness as part of their degree.
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Public Health Education

B.S.

Public Health Education

Public Health Education majors can work as a health educators in health departments, community service organizations, and other healthcare settings. In this program, you will be able to volunteer in our field, join the honorary society, and even become a Certified Health Education Specialist () before you graduate.
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Health and Sport Services

B.S.

Sport Management

Sport Management majors learn to think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and lead while networking with professionals in the sport industry and gaining real-world experience through internships, practicums and other opportunities. Our exciting, hands-on curriculum prepares you to work with professional and collegiate sport teams, and other sport, fitness, or recreation organizations.
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Allied Health

MSAH

Master of Science in Allied Health

The MSAH program supports health and wellness leaders in the growing healthcare industry. Designed to be flexible for working adults, it gives students a strong voice in developing their practicum experiences for maximum benefit to their career. Our robust curriculum ensures a strong foundation in one of two tracks, Healthcare Administration or Exercise & Health Science.
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Pre Athletic Training

MSAT (3+2)

Pre-Athletic Training/Master of Science Athletic Training

The 3+2 MSAT lets you complete an undergraduate degree and be eligible to sit for the Board of Certification examination with your Master’s degree. Our unique undergraduate curriculum gives majors experience in athletic training through clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings while preparing them for graduate work in the Masters program.
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Pre Professional Health Studies

B.S.

Pre-Professional Health Studies

Students interested in pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant or other health-related careers should consider a degree in Allied Health.

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Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Quote RedThroughout my internship with the Columbus Clippers, I have been able to see a different side of the professional sports world. I have been able to offer my ideas on corporate sales and sponsorship as well as ballpark promotions. ǿմý’s Sport Management Program has allowed me to excel in this role.

Jordan Aronowitz ’22

Sport Management Major with a Marketing Analytics Minor

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HSS students have the opportunity for additional academic challenge by participating in ǿմý’s Honors Program. Joining this “Community of Scholars” provides important exploration and the chance for advanced research.

OtterFit lets Exercise Science and Health Promotion majors work as personal trainers for ǿմý faculty and staff. They can also lead group training classes, educational programming and events.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Having access to this kind of technology allowed me to pose questions and research I had not even thought would be possible as an undergraduate. The experiences I gained as a researcher, student, and future clinician were unmatched.

Lauren Rumbalski ‘22

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology
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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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I started as a timid student who was hesitant to speak her mind. Now, I’m president of the Athletic Training club and I’m a future intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Sydney Fojas ’21

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Sydney says that her close-knit cohort group helps challenge her and hold her accountable in her studies.

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I don’t owe my professional success to my destiny, courage, luck, belief, confidence, or fortune. I owe it to the wonderful scholar-teachers at ǿմý University. Nothing can come close to the inspirational presence of my instructors who placed me on this journey that has become Public Health.

Sheronda Whitner ’12

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Students will learn about biomechanics using state-of-the-art technology and will be able to collaborate with faculty on research projects involving our athletes and community members.

Dr. Shelley Payne

Professor, DHS, PT, LAT, ATC

The new Biomechanics Institute at The Point offers a state-of-the-art facility that will provide Allied Health and Athletic Training majors with exceptional opportunities for hands-on learning.

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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The type of student that is attracted to ǿմý is one that energizes me to not only come to work every day, but to be the best I can be.

Dr. Joan Rocks

HSS Department Chair and ǿմý Professor since 1992
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Department Features & Student Opportunities

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Scholarships

HSS proudly offers additional competitive scholarship opportunities to recognize student excellence, service and leadership.

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Facilities

HSS facilities include modern classrooms with integrated technologies and labs for students to conduct individual or group research.

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Internships

Students enjoy the benefit and professional development that a wide-range of professional experiences and internships provide.

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Fun with HSS

It’s easy to carve out time for fun and learning in HSS. Stay connected with department events – including the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.

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Leadership

The Black Student-Athlete Summit is a three-day gathering to openly examine and candidly discuss the numerous and complex issues surrounding black student-athletes.

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Make a Difference

HSS students organize an annual run/walk 5K to raise awareness and funds. Their work supports charitable organizations and helps fund an ǿմý scholarship.

News in MSAT – Fall 2023


News - September 27, 2023
Hello everyone!   I am excited to write you for the first time as the program director for our new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) Program. ǿմý transitioned out of our bachelor of science in athletic training this past spring by graduating our final class of undergraduates. After 12 years of an internship-based program followed by 24 years of a nationally accredited program, we made the bittersweet move to the new MSAT entry-level requirement.   This transition gave us the…

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News in MSAH – Fall 2023


News - September 27, 2023
As we continue through the Fall 2023 semester, I am excited to introduce myself and get to meet our MSAH students throughout the year. My name is Amy Upp, and I am the new director of the MSAH Program. I have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, master’s degree in health promotion, and am currently working on a doctorate degree in public health. Throughout my career, I have worked in several medically based fitness centers, including the OhioHealth McConnell Heart…

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Fast Track Innovation Fund Lets Community Shape ǿմý’s Growth


News - July 31, 2023
ǿմý University is using an innovative approach to grow enrollment and revenue by “crowd sourcing” ideas from its own community and investing in the best ideas with $1 million approved by the Board of Trustees. Under the Fast Track Innovation Fund initiative, seven projects proposed by ǿմý faculty and staff in May have been funded and are already being implemented on campus. “This investment in ǿմý’s future demonstrates our trustees’ commitment to allowing every member of our community to be heard…

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The Athletic Training program at ǿմý is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (). Additionally, the Exercise Science and Health Promotion major is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association () as an Education Recognition Program in Strength and Conditioning. Only four other institutions in Ohio have earned this recognition.

Contact Us

Center of Health & Sport Sciences
140 Center St
Westerville, OH 43081

Administrative Assistant

614-823-3528
otterbeinhss@otterbein.edu

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The Department of Health and Sport Sciences here at ǿմý University is like a family to me, and has helped me develop both professional and real-life skills that I will use the rest of my career and life.

Olivia R. ’11, Athletic Training

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