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Program Overview

Consider Health Sciences if you:
  • want a multi-disciplinary program
  • have a strong interest in science
  • want a career in patient-centered health care
Further your studies towards master’s or doctoral level programs including:
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical, dental, optometric, veterinary, physician assistant and other professional schools

Undergraduate Study

Students majoring in Health Sciences can expect to complete a multi-disciplinary, science-based curriculum that will prepare them for a broad range of careers. Our students have gone on to graduate school and professional work in dentistry, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants, public health, among others.
Health
Sciences B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (HS) degree combines liberal arts, basic science, social science, and health science courses for students who desire a generalized health science academic credential. View a checklist of requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences or visit the School of Health Sciences Advising webpage for additional checklists. 

Gain relevant knowledge and skills in one of six health disciplines:

Exercise Science concentration

Prepare for a broad career in the fitness arenas as well as for graduate study in Exercise Science and other disciplines.

  • For students interested in the relationship among physical activity, weight control, disease prevention, stress management and nutrition for optimal health and performance.
  • Find jobs in personal training, cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness or health/fitness screening.
Integrative Holistic Medicine concentration

Prepare for traditional and non-traditional career opportunities in community-based and medical organizations emphasizing patient-centered practices.

  • Find jobs in communities and medical systems that are opening holistic care centers, initiating patient-oriented practices and adding complementary methods to augment traditional care.
Nutrition and Health concentration

Prepares for work in a variety of clinical and public health fields that emphasize the relationship between diet, nutrition, food access and health status.

  • For students interested in studying food and nutrition as it affects health.
Pre-Health Professional concentration

Prepare for graduate work in medicine, public health, and other professional fields as well as careers in research and non-profit organizations.

  • Work with a bachelor’s as laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
  • Fulfills traditional application requirements for medical, dental, optometric, veterinary, physician assistant and other professional schools.
Pre-Pharmacy concentration

Prepares students to meet the academic prerequisites necessary to be considered for admission to Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs throughout the state.

  • For students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in pharmacy.
  • Seamlessly transition into the pharmacy program at Wayne State University.
  • Visit the current Oakland University undergraduate catalog for information about the two Pre-Pharmacy tracks offered.
  • Application information for the Health Pro Start program can be found under the fourth tab of this page.
Pre-Physical Therapy concentration

Prepares students to meet the prerequisite application requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs throughout the state.

  • For students who wish to pursue an advanced degree in physical therapy
  • Work with a bachelor’s as physical therapists, physical therapy aides, rehabilitation assistants, laboratory technicians, research assistants, health educators or wellness instructors.
Applied Health
Sciences B.S.
The Applied Health Sciences program is uniquely positioned to allow students to combine courses from the university curriculum with specific Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degrees from accredited community colleges. The two-plus-two degree completion program allow students to transfer of up to 65 semester credits from accredited two-year community colleges. Students who have completed AAS degrees in the following health-related fields may qualify for the two-plus-two Applied Health Sciences program:
  • dental assisting
  • health information technology
  • medical assistant
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • pharmacy technician
  • physical therapist assistant
  • respiratory therapy
  • surgical technology 
Students with AAS degrees in a health-related field not listed may seek permission to enroll from the Applied Health Sciences Program Director. Concurrent enrollment in a community college AAS program and Oakland University’s AHS program is not permitted. The Applied Health Sciences program requires that courses accepted for transfer must have a grade of C or above, and that all course-work has been taken at accredited institutions. Note that the Applied Health Science B.S. program has different requirements than the Health Sciences B.S. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog or  view the requirements.
Nutrition &
Health Minor
A minor in Nutrition and Health is available to students in any degree program. A total of 22 credits are required for the minor including 18 core credits and 4 elective credits. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in each course for the minor.

View the program plan for a minor in Nutrition and Health here.
Health Pro
Start

Health Pro Start

High school students wishing to pursue a degree in Pharmacy may submit an early application to Wayne State University PharmD program through the Oakland University Health Pro Start program. Requirements and application forms are provided below.

Oakland University "Health Pro Start" requirements (for entering first year students only):

  • High school GPA of 3.75 (recalculated, including weighting for AP/honors classes)
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 27
  • Resume including honors received in high school and experience in the following areas:
    • Health care, community service, team activities (for example athletics, debate), leadership, high school extracurricular activities, employment, summer activities
  • One page typed essay describing why you are pursuing Health Pro Start and why you should be accepted.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one apiece from the following two categories:
    • High school teacher, counselor, or administrator familiar with the applicant's extra curricular activities, team and/or leadership skills
    • Non-family member who can address the applicant's healthcare experience, community service and/or employment
If you meet the requirements and complete a separate Health Pro Start OU application, you will be invited to campus for a series of interviews with representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University.
Once at Oakland University, Wayne State University/Oakland University "Health Pro Start" participants must:
  • ALL UNDERGRADUATE COURSES MUST BE COMPLETED AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY; NO TRANSFER COURSES ARE ALLOWED
  • Maintain a GPA at or above 3.3 during the first year in college
  • Maintain an overall 3.5 GPA after the first year of college
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average in biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses
  • Complete all prerequisite course work for the program with a grade of 2.0 or better. No repeated courses are allowed.
  • Make regular progress towards the B.S. Degree in Health Sciences from Oakland University
  • Complete all academic and nonacademic entrance requiremenys of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at WSU (see http://www.cphs.wayne.edu/program/pharmd-phd-admission.php for the latest requirements)
  • Participate in the WSU/OU Health Pro Start Seminar and mentor process
  • Demonstrate continuing activity in related volunteer work
  • Take PCAT (http://pcatweb.info/) on the July test date of their junior year, scoring above the 50th percentile on the composite score
  • Student must successfully be interviewed by representatives from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University during the admissions cycle for the year they are to matriculate into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
  • Complete the application for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at http://cphs.wayne.edu/program/pharmd-phd-apply.php
For more information about the Oakland University undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy degree requirements please visit the current catalog.
Oakland University Health Pro Start application forms: