Undergraduate and graduate programs related to health/wellness and rehabilitation professions are found in this department (department overview available). Programs include academic course work and practical experiences designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into professional careers.
The Public Health program is designed to prepare students to work in voluntary health organizations, in local, state and national government health agencies, or in worksite wellness.
School Health Education Pre K-12
Students who complete the School Health Education major will be eligible for license to teach health education pre K-12. Students interested in majoring in both school health education and physical education can enroll in the joint UT-BGSU Health & Physical Education program.
Health Care Administration
The Health Care Administration program at UT provides students with knowledge and skills to manage as health-care professionals in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, long-term care, outpatient facilities, physician offices, and public health agencies. This interdisciplinary program introduces students to managerial concepts and related skills. The health-care core courses enhance students’ knowledge in a variety of related subjects, including current health issues, legislation affecting health care, management theories, and decision making, all of which are important in health care administration.
Students interested in health-care administration have several options to consider, depending on their interests and backgrounds.
- First, students completing the four-year program in health care administration can also earn a general minor in business.
- Second, there are certain courses that are offered for students who want a concentration in long-term care administration. These students can also earn a general minor in business.
- Third, the 2 + 2 year program is offered to individuals who hold at least an associate’s degree in a health related field. These students most often have direct health-care work experience, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, radiologic technicians and want to further their education and management expertise.
Health Information Administration
The University of Toledo's Health Information Administration (HIA) program is available completely via Distance Learning. Students who reside outside of the state of Ohio and enroll in an online program at UT may be eligible for the Online Learning Out-of-State Scholarship. UT also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program providing scholarships to military veterans.
Recreation and Leisure Studies
The Recreation and Leisure Studies program is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing leisure-oriented society. There is an increasing demand for direct leadership, supervisory, executive and managerial talent in all areas of recreation management.
Students who earn a bachelor of science in recreation and leisure studies receive a degree accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Park, Recreation and Tourism (COAPRT) and they are eligible to apply for the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) examination.
The Recreational Therapy program meets professional standards set by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS,) and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA).
The program is designed to give the student a basic foundation in the three major
areas of therapeutic recreation service delivery – functional intervention, leisure
education and special recreation.
Masters Degree in Recreation Administration (ONLINE Degree and Combination of ONLINE and IN CLASS Degree)
The graduate degree offers students the ability to focus on areas of interest while obtaining skills beyond the entry level. Advanced coursework challenges the student to investigate personal philosophies as they relate to the delivery of leisure services. Students also have the ability to choose service learning projects and academic activities such as internships that will prepare them for successful careers in the field. Students also have the opportunity to participate in research activities with faculty, present at conferences and shadow professionals while learning. Students may also choose courses to gain an administrative background in recreation, therapeutic recreation recreational therapy and therapeutic arts.
The Masters Degree in Recreation Administration can be completed on-line. It is 36 hours and a student may begin any semester (Fall, Spring or Summer).
The Masters Degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy is a two-year degree full-time and it is a combination of on-line and in class courses. Upon completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply to sit for the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists exam.
Master of Education Degree in Health Education
The purpose of this program is to provide advanced insight into cultural, research, psychological, and curricular foundations in education and health content and pedagogy. Students in this program should already have an undergraduate degree in school health education or a closely related area.
Master of Public Health Degree in Health Education and Promotion
Health Education and Promotion is one of the specializations in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Degree program offered jointly by Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. This Program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This specialization provides advanced study of professional skills and professional competencies in the area of health education, health promotion, and health behavior. Students graduating from this major are prepared to assist communities, organizations and individuals in working toward a healthier society by using appropriate educational, behavioral, and social change strategies.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Health Education
The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in health education program is to prepare doctoral degree graduates in advanced study and research in community/public health. The program prepares advanced students to contribute to the field of health education through teaching, research, and service. Although health and research courses are required, the program is individualized through selection of elective courses and a cognate to develop each student for leadership roles in universities, the private health sector, or government agencies.