Encouraging healthy lifestyles for all.

Department of Health & Sport Sciences

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences is deeply rooted in the history of Otterbein 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 Otterbein 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


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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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


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 Eta Sigma Gamma honorary society, and even become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) before you graduate.
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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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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

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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

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


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. Otterbein’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 Otterbein’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 Otterbein faculty and staff. They can also lead group training classes, educational programming and events.

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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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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 Otterbein 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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The type of student that is attracted to Otterbein 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 Otterbein Professor since 1992
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Department Features & Student Opportunities

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

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

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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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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 Otterbein scholarship.

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Otterbein Students Plan and Organize International Sports Film Festival of Ohio

News - March 18, 2022
By Madelyn Nelson ‘23 Otterbein provides hands-on, immersive experiences for students, and the International Sports Film Festival of Ohio is a shining example of the classroom spanning far beyond the walls of Otterbein academic buildings.  Sports management students are organizing and hosting the fifth annual International Sports Film Festival of Ohio from March 21-24, 2022. The event includes three film screenings, two guest speakers a Lunch and Learn and film discussions.   All events are free to Otterbein students, faculty and…

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Otterbein’s Office of Social Justice and Activism Partners with Athletics to Advocate for Change

News - December 14, 2021
By Bridget Oder ’23 Otterbein’s Office of Social Justice and Activism has created a new partnership with the Athletics Department to advocate for change on campus. The partnership primarily started last year when Kristy McCray, associate professor of health and sport sciences; James Prysock, director of the Office of Social Justice and Activism (OSJA); and Jonathan Howe, a doctorate student at The Ohio State University, came together to facilitate monthly workshops for Otterbein coaches, trainers, and other athletics staff members.…

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Recent Otterbein Graduate Making His Way in The Golf Industry

News - November 19, 2021
By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA’23  Lucas Fox graduated from Otterbein University in May 2021 with a degree in sport management, a minor in business administration, and all the tools needed to start his career in the sports industry.   Fox was a student athlete for four years, playing on Otterbein’s men’s golf team. He was a part of the Sport Management Club and even served as vice president and president for the organization. He also served as his team’s representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for three years.  “In the Sport Management Club, I was able to go to events, network, and get my name out there. Later, I started making more connections which helped me learn the basics of the sport…

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

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Contact Us

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

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The Department of Health and Sport Sciences here at Otterbein 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