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Health and Wellness Innovation in Health Care

Degree: BS

Campus: Columbus

College: Nursing

Make a difference in people's lives with a degree in health and wellness innovation in health care. The major prepares you to support health and wellness across the lifespan, in all states of health, as a health promotion professional. You will learn how to apply evidence-based practices, understand health behavior and integrate social determinants of health to support changes that reduce health inequities. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a variety of career paths in health promotion. You will educate and inspire others to make a positive impact on their lives.

The health and wellness innovation in health care major has a direct admission option for prospective students. Applicants who apply to Ohio State and indicate health and wellness innovation in health care as their intended major will be eligible for direct admission if they meet the following criteria:

  • Admission to Ohio State Columbus Campus

  • An ACT of 22 or higher, or an SAT of 1100 or higher

Students directly admitted to the major will not be required to apply to the major during their first year. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA and a C or better in the prerequisite courses to continue on to the health and wellness innovation in health care major classes.

Students admitted to the Ohio State Columbus campus that are not eligible for direct admission will be enrolled in the pre-major. Students enrolled in the pre-major are welcome to apply to the major between October and July of each year.

The professional undergraduate degree in health and wellness innovation in health care requires a minimum of 120 semester hours and can be completed in four academic years. The first year of study includes prerequisite coursework for applying to the major.


  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • biology
  • English

Prerequisite courses taken at other institutions must be direct equivalents to the courses at Ohio State. Find a list of courses that meet these requirements online. 

Required major course work allows students to obtain knowledge needed to design effective health promotion activities and programs for clients, patients and participants of all ages and diverse cultures. Curriculum includes classroom and practicum experiences focused on health promotion in a variety of professional settings.

Practicum experiences, required as part of the curriculum, focus on supporting individuals' health and wellness across their lifespan in all states of health. Students will apply evidence-based practices to educate and empower others to ultimately make a positive impact on their lives.

Graduates of the health and wellness innovation in health care program are considered health promotion professionals. Employment opportunities will vary and may include settings such as a worksite, hospital/clinical, insurance company or community-based setting. Examples include, but are not limited to, employment as a health and wellness coach, worksite wellness coordinator, population health engagement specialist or health data coordinator. 

Beginning salaries for new graduates in the field of health promotion range from $35,000 to $45,000 per year. Salary ranges will vary depending upon the region of the country. 

Visit our website for more information.

Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion
College of Nursing 
106 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for certifications in the field of health promotion. Certifications include National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaching, Nutrition and Wellness Certification and Certified Personal Trainer. Health and wellness innovation in health care is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training and Education Program by the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching.

Interested in a career in health care?

Check out the Health Care Pathway to discover the many majors Ohio State offers that can lead to a health care career.