School of Health Sciences
Human Health Building
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(248) 370-3562

Academic Advising
1014 Human Health Building
(248) 370-2369
Fax: (248) 364-8842
Academic Advising

Academic Advising

The professional Academic Advising Office staff empowers students during their academic pursuits and journey towards a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Applied Health Sciences; Biomedical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences; Health Sciences; Environmental Health and Safety; or Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention. Our staff works in collaboration with the student to achieve their overall academic, graduation, and career goals.
Our goal is to empower students as they plan and prepare for the next few years at Oakland University. Below are actions you should be taking as an SHS student to stay focused on the finish line — graduation.

First Year: Schedule an academic advising appointment with the First Year Advising Center. We also suggest that you explore connecting with student organizations to get involved.

Second Year: Schedule a one-on-one degree planning meeting with an SHS academic adviser. We'll encourage you to decide on what area you would like to study and commit to a major. Consider joining an academic organization, networking with other students and possibly job shadowing.

Third Year: Start preparation for professional school exams and possibly complete a professional exam. Consider job shadowing. Schedule a graduation audit with an SHS academic adviser.

Fourth Year: Apply to professional programs and job shadow.  Plan at least two semesters in advance for  graduation audits. Also, remember that there is an application  deadline for  graduation. Plan for grad school. 

What are your responsibilities as a student?

  • Carefully read information on your chosen major, specialization, concentration, minor, etc.
  • Understand all of the requirements for your chosen major and all university requirements outline in your catalog.
  • Remember that some programs are competitive and admission may not be guaranteed.
  • Requirements for competitive programs vary. As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure that you understand the requirements, application procedures, deadlines, etc. for the competitive programs.
  • You should also keep in touch with SHS academic advising staff for regular updates and schedule an appointments at least once a year

& Walk-Ins
Current students are encouraged to schedule an academic advising appointment at least once a year. Students who are looking to graduate should schedule a graduation audit at least two semesters prior to graduation.   All  graduation audits and transcript reviews require a scheduled academic advising appointment.  
To schedule an appointment, contact the SHS Advising office at (248) 370-2369.

About walk-in academic advising
Walk-in academic advising dates vary each semester.
  • During registration periods and the beginning of each semester, walk-in advising is generally busy.
  • No Graduation Audits provided during walk-in sessions. 
  • Sign in begins approximately a half hour before the start of the posted walk-in session.
  • Students are seen on a first come, first serve basis. 
  • Sessions are ONLY 15 minutes per student.
  • There is generally waiting involved. Bring something to occupy your time. (Like your text books!).
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students who have NOT been accepted to the university yet are encouraged to schedule a full advising appointment by calling (248) 370-2369 or sign up for the Transfer Open House. We may not be able to access your records during a walk-in advising session. We encourage transfer students to apply to the university in order to receive an official transcript evaluation. Transfer students who have been admitted to Oakland University should sign up for Orientation Part II online to meet with an academic adviser during orientation. Walk-in advising is designed for quick questions.



Follow the checklist for your year of entry. 

A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree combines liberal arts, basic science, social science, and health science courses for students who desire a generalized health science academic credential. Students choose one of five academic concentration areas to gain relevant knowledge and skills in a specific health discipline. These concentration areas include Exercise Science, Integrative Holistic Medicine, Nutrition and Health, Pre-Health Professional studies, Pre-Pharmacy, and  Pre-Physical Therapy.  

School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Brochure

Minor Checklist 2016-17 Catalog Year (NH-HS course change)
Minor Checklist 2016-17 Catalog Year
The 4-year academic plans are suggested schedules designed for freshmen students to stay on track for graduation. These plans were specifically created for freshmen students who are following the 2012-13 catalog year. Keep in mind that all students are required to follow any prerequisite requirements for every course. 

Applied Health Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Sciences degree prepares students for a rewarding career in the medical field. This program was created in collaboration with the Health and Human Services department at Macomb Community College to meet the demands of a highly educated workforce and high-performance workplace.
2 Year Degree Completion Program

Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
The Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Science (BDTS) program is designed to prepare students for professional opportunities in a variety of growing healthcare fields. In response to emerging technologies, many areas of specialization have evolved that ensure the expertise of the healthcare personnel fulfilling critical roles
Histotechnology | Medical Laboratory Science | Nuclear Medicine Technology | Radiologic Technology

Health Sciences
A Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree combines a broad spectrum of liberal arts, basic sciences, social sciences and health sciences course requirements and electives for students who desire a generalized health sciences academic credential. In addition, students choose one of five academic concentration areas to obtain greater exposure to a specific health discipline.

These six concentration areas include pre-health professional studies, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, exercise science, nutrition & health, and integrative holistic medicine.
Exercise Science | Integrative Holistic Medicine | Nutrition and Health | Physical Therapy | Pre-Health Professional

Environmental Health and Safety
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program is multi-disciplinary in nature, providing students with relevant exposure to basic science, engineering and behavioral science  subjects, as well as a thorough introduction to environmental health, occupational safety and industrial hygiene concepts.
Environmental Health and Safety

Wellness, Health Promotions & Injury Prevention
The School of Health Sciences introduced a new bachelor’s degree program in fall 2002 in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention (WHP). The WHP curriculum aims to produce broadly educated wellness generalists with additional expertise in a specific area of interest. The degree creates well-rounded professionals with a thorough knowledge of healthy living.
Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention
Meet the
Michelle D. Southward, MA, MSA
Director, Academic Advising and Student Services

My professional career at Oakland University began in 2001 as an Admissions Adviser for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. After four years in Admissions and completing my Master of Arts degree in Counseling, I advanced to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives office and worked as a Retention Coordinator. In 2006 I was promoted to the position of Assistant Director for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. I served in this capacity for two years before accepting a position, as the Advising Coordinator for the School of Health Sciences. I was later promoted to the role of Director. During my graduate coursework, I was awarded the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship.

William Daniels

William L. Daniels, MEd
Senior Academic Adviser

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2002 and my Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Oakland University (OU) in 2010. My professional journey in Higher Education began in 2002. Since then, I have had the pleasure of serving in various facets of higher education with the majority of my work experience being in advising, student recruitment, enrollment and retention in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at WMU and OU respectively. In 2012, I accepted a position with WMU in the Exploratory Advising Office where I gained invaluable experience as an Academic Adviser until my return to Oakland University in 2015 where I now serve as the Senior Academic Adviser in the School of Health Sciences.

Adviser for Undecided Health Sciences, Applied Health Sciences, and Pre-Pharmacy students.

Lauren Creed, MA, LLPC, NCC
Academic Adviser

I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Education at Michigan State University in 2012 and her Master of Arts in Counseling at Oakland University in 2015. I am passionate about student success and began working in Higher Education as a Graduate Assistant at the First Year Advising Center. I then had the opportunity to work in various roles around campus until I was granted the opportunity to become an Academic Adviser in the School of Health Sciences.

Adviser for majors in Health Sciences Pre-Health Professional, Nutrition & Health, and Integrative Holistic Medicine
Denae May, MEd
Academic Adviser

I earned my Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree from Central Michigan University in 1999 and a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership (with a focus in Student Affairs) in 2009. I started my professional career working as an Admissions Representative at Cleary College and then spent the next 10 years working in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.  I left there as an Assistant Director in 2011. I began at Oakland University (OU) in February of 2011 as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and then after 3 years moved over to the First Year Advising Center (FYAC) as an Academic Adviser.  I served in the FYAC for 2 1/2 years I am now an Academic Adviser in the School of Health Sciences.

Adviser for majors in Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science
Nancy OsmialowskiNancy Osmialowski, MA, LLPC, NCC
Academic Adviser

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Individual Studies in 2011 from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2014 from Oakland University. During my time at both institutions, as an undergraduate and graduate student, I had the opportunity to serve in vary supervisory roles. I completed the specialization in Student Affairs while completing my graduate education.  At that time, I was afforded the opportunity to work as an academic advising intern for the Bachelor of Integrative Studies program office. 

Adviser for majors in Biomedical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences; Environmental Health and Safety; Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention

Mary Anne Bowen
Office Assistant II
TaurienneTaurienne B. Lauderdale
Secretary II
kirsten nisbettKirsten Nisbett
Academic Advising Intern

 Hadiya Khan
Student Assistant
 Jessica Prucknic | Student Assistant
 Nicole Reading | Student Orientation Peer Mentor