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Health Science (BSHS)

Your first step toward a career in health and medicine

As a UD Health Science major, you'll start on the path towards a career related to health and medicine. You'll pursue an in-depth study in your area of concentration, choosing from one of three options:

  • Integrative Physiology: For individuals interested in professional schools, such as Physician Assistant, Medical or other graduate programs in Biosciences and Health Sciences.
  • Exercise & Movement Science: For individuals interested in Physical Therapy, Orthotic and Prosthetic, Athletic Training programs, or other related fields of study.
  • Occupational & Behavioral Studies: For individuals interested in Occupational Therapy, Behavior Therapy, or accelerated Nursing programs.

All three concentrations typically require additional schooling — either at the graduate or doctoral level — after earning a bachelor's degree. No matter which concentration you choose, you'll receive innovative, hands-on experience through community physical education programs, student-led organizations, and research with faculty & peers.

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    human-focused health labs for learning & research

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    UD acceptance rate to Physical Therapy programs

  • 95%

    UD acceptance rate to Occupational Therapy programs

A High-Quality Education

  • Hands-On Learning
  • Student Organizations
  • Post-Graduate Destinations
  • Students receive innovative, hands-on experience from year one through community physical education programs, student-led organizations and research with faculty & peers. A majority of the core classes (anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, etc.) incorporate hands-on laboratories, which allow students to apply their learning and build valuable skills. Students are exposed to a variety of health professions and also shadow professionals in the field to assist with career exploration and to meet requirements for graduate programs. Students also work in groups to complete a capstone research project, allowing for original scholarly work.

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    Service Opportunities With Fellow Health Science Students

    Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for health science majors. Opportunities include leadership, service, shadowing professionals in the field, and participating in professional development programs.

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    Where Will Our Programs Take You?

    Graduates work in a variety of settings related to health and medicine. Many go on to earn advanced degrees at the graduate or doctoral level. The map highlights states where alumni are working or continuing their schooling after earning a their bachelor's degree.

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    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about health science? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by contacting You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Unique Lab Spaces

    Four human-focused health labs allow students the opportunity engage in hands-on learning and research experiences. Facilities include a fitness assessment lab, human anatomy lab, human performance lab, and an integrative human physiology lab.

    Student Research

    Students work alongside faculty from multiple UD departments to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also present their work nationally and at UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

    Study Abroad

    Summer programs in locations such as Chile, Portugal and Spain offer opportunities to explore food & diet, sport and culture through the lens of health and sport science.

    Student Organizations

    Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for health science students. Opportunities include shadowing, leadership, service, and professional development.

    Students in the Human Anatomy Lab

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Health and Sport Science

    Fitz Hall, Room 646
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968


    human-focused health labs for learning & research