Ohio University

Department of Social & Public Health
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The Child and Family Studies (CFS) program is located in the Department of Social and Public Health in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. CFS prepares students to work with children, adults, and families throughout the lifespan in a broad range of settings. The developmental orientation of the program is designed to give a thorough understanding of every major developmental period in life in multiple contexts from birth to adolescence, to working with mid-life and older adults. It includes child, adult, and family development classes in the Department of Social and Public Health with a life span emphasis, as well as courses that include diversity in families, family ties and aging, human sexualities, the impact of stress and trauma, and death and dying. The undergraduate program offers three distinct concentrations: 1) Child, Adult, and Family Services; 2) Child Life; and 3) Family Gerontology. On the graduate level, we offer a master's degree in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in either Child Life or Family Gerontology. 

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jennifer M. Chabot (coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Child & Family Studies
  • 30% Lifespand & Human Development
  • 20% Child Life
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Family Living
  • Introduction to Human Services & Professional Development
  • Human Sexualities
  • PreSchool Guidance
  • Family & Lifespan Development
  • Death & Dying
  • Junior Practicum
  • Family Diversities
  • Parenthood
  • Middle Childhood
  • Youth Identity Crisis
  • Family Ties & Aging
  • Family Life Education
  • Senior Seminar
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Undergrad Comments

Family studies graduates find employment in many areas of human services, including child and family services, adolescent group homes, rehabilitation centers, community programs for the developmentally disabled, senior citizen centers, family planning centers, mental health agencies, probation services, emergency shelters, adult foster care, hospice, hospitals, 4-H programs, and other agencies that assist families and individuals in crisis.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Gregory Janson
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Advanced Child Development
  • Advanced Family Development
  • Family Life Education
  • Death & Dying
  • Human Sexualities
  • Family Consulting
  • Supervision in Human & Consumer Sciences
  • Middle Childhood
  • Youth Identity Crisis
  • Parenthood
  • Family Ties & Aging
  • Diversities in Families
  • Research Methods
  • Research
  • Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family Studies
Masters Comments

If you are looking for a career where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families, you can find a promising future in the field of child and family studies. Professionals in child and family studies are people-oriented professionals who work with individuals and families in areas ranging from child and youth services to gerontology. Their services are increasingly in demand in a variety of contexts: schools, child-care facilities, family service agencies, and corporations. Many graduates choose to work in the classroom. With a teaching license in early childhood education, you can teach in programs for young children (birth through age 8), and with a vocational teaching license in family and consumer sciences education, you are qualified to teach from grade 4 through adult.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.