Graduate Studies in Allied Health

Join the Growing Field of Allied Health

The field of allied healthcare professionals is quickly growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while total U.S. employment dropped by over 2% between 2000 and 2010, healthcare employment grew by more than 25% during the same period. The profession of Allied Health encompasses a very broad group of health professionals who use evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of diseases, promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings. Join the dynamic and relevant program at Otterbein University. Choose between two tracks to set yourself up for a career in Healthcare Administration or Exercise & Health Science.

Are you looking to advance your career? Ready to put your ideas to work?
Then it’s time to explore what makes Otterbein’s MSAH program stand out, understand our commitment to meeting the needs of the working professional, and learn more about how Otterbein’s program gives its graduates a cutting-edge advantage.

Master of Science in Allied Health: Core Curriculum
MSAH 5050 Allied Healthcare Administration
MSAH 5220 Evidence-Based Practice
MSAH 5230 Leadership & Advocacy in Policy and Healthcare
MSAH 5000 Research Design
MSAH 5300 Program Planning & Evaluation

Healthcare Administration Track

If you are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare management, this is the route for you. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Added coursework in the Healthcare Administration track includes U.S. Healthcare Policy, Ethical Healthcare Leadership, and the option of a Practicum or Thesis for a total of 30 credit hours total. Learn more about the Master’s degree in Allied Health in Healthcare Administration track.

Exercise and Health Science Track

As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or wellness programs are expected to increase the need for professionals involved in exercise, wellness, and disease prevention. Added coursework in the Exercise and Health Science track includes electives in Applied Performance Nutrition, Advanced Strength and Conditioning, and others across graduate disciplines. Thesis or Practicum option included for a total of 36 credit hours. Learn more about the Master’s degree in Allied Health in Exercise and Health Science track.

MSAH and Wellcoaches Partnership

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MSAH 6700: Wellcoaches Health Coaching: a hybrid course of online, teleclass, and coaching sessions. The course will cover topics such as; how to establish growth-promoting relationships, readiness to change, eliciting motivation, and appreciative goal review, among others. A 10-hour self-paced healthy habits class will also be provided.

Wellcoaches is the premier certification in the industry and describes health and wellness coaches as, “expert facilitators of mindset and behavior change that generates sustainable healthy lifestyles, which prevent or treat disease, and foster well-being and thriving.”


MSAH 6700: Wellcoaches Health Coaching: will include a 10-hour healthy habits class to be completed on your own pace and then twice weekly 90 minutes meetings, over a 9-week period. There are three time choices to choose from and you can vary your schedule each week.

All Wellcoaches classes are delivered over the phone with provided slides. Faculty for Wellcoaches are experts in the field and represent a variety of disciplines. There is also an online learning platform and outside course work (reading, small group work, coaching practice).

In addition, a final reflection will be completed for Otterbein purposes only. The course is graded pass/fail and Wellcoaches only issues a completion certificate.

MSAH 6700 will be offered in both Summer 2021 and Fall 2021.

There are three modules needed for certification as a Wellcoach and MSAH 6700 encompasses the first module and includes communication in health and wellness, health behavior changes, and client motivation.

Financial aid may be available to those that wish to complete module 2 (practice and mentoring) and 3 (exam).

You can learn more about Wellcoaches here:

Career Opportunities with an advanced degree in Allied Health

  • Sports and Fitness Manager
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Community Health Director
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Practice Manager
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Clinical Director
  • Healthcare Executive