Encouraging healthy lifestyles for all.

Department of Health & Sport Sciences

The Department of Health and Sport Sciences will prepare students to become a competent, self-directed professional through sound curricular programming, dedicated faculty, and appropriate facilities and equipment. We are a professionally-based department with national accreditations that form the foundation of our curricula. Our athletic training program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). 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 are so recognized.

Take a look at this video produced entirely by HSS students to learn more about what they value about their department.

Student, Faculty, & Alumni Spotlights



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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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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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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 will offer 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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Programs of Study in Health & Sport Sciences

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B.A. or B.S.

Allied Health/Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Occupational Therapy

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Pre-Athletic Training/Master of Science in Athletic Training

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Exercise Science & Health Promotion

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Master of Science in Allied Health

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Public Health Education

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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