HWIH FAQs

Who is my academic advisor?

Students admitted to the HWIH major are assigned a designated academic advisor through the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion. Contact information for the advising staff can be found here.

As a parent of a HWIH student may I contact the academic advising staff?

Parents are welcome to contact the academic advising staff. However, much of the information pertaining to your child's academic work and progression is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and cannot be discussed with parents without the student's official written consent documentation on file.

Where should I send my AP scores?

Please send AP scores to the following address:

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
Student Academic Services Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Do I really have to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam?

Although the College of Nursing does not require students to take a foreign language, we encourage students to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. Depending on the placement score, students may receive elective credit required for graduation.

What if I cannot get into the prerequisite courses?
The academic advisors will assist you in scheduling and help you register for the required classes.
Should I buy my books prior to the start date of the academic year?

You will have your class schedule at the end of orientation; therefore, you will have the appropriate information needed to purchase textbooks. You are welcome to buy books at the campus bookstores or visit online sites at a later time.

How do I apply for the HWIH major?

HWIH Online ApplicationYou must apply by July 1 in order to be eligible for admittance in the next academic school year.

What is the decision-making process for acceptance into the HWIH major?

The faculty will consider your GPA and prerequisite grades when selecting applicants to the program. The faculty will consider a minimum GPA of a 2.75 overall collegiate GPA, and a C or better in the prerequisite coursework.

What types of classes will I be taking?

All HWIH major students will complete the required College of Nursing prerequisites, which consist of courses such as chemistry, human nutrition, anatomy, and English. Courses within the HWIH major will include the topics of health promotion programming and evaluation, health literacy, exercise science and nutrition, dimensions of wellness and energy management, lifespan development, wellness in populations with chronic health conditions, statistics and epidemiology courses.

What are the core elements of the HWIH major?

All students in the program will be introduced to four major threads throughout the curriculum: health coaching, health literacy, innovation and holistic health and prevention. More information on each of these threads will be shared during the program orientation and survey course.

What are some of the program learning goals of the HWIH major?

The program learning goals are integrating the dimensions of wellness to address one’s personal health needs and those of other individuals across the healthcare continuum; learning and using motivational interviewing and communication strategies to promote optimal health and wellness; apply evidence-based practices; understanding health policy; and learning how to use social determinants of health to support cultural and environmental changes that mitigate health inequities.

Where will I do my practicum?

A student’s practicum may take place in a worksite, hospital or clinic, or community-based setting.

What are the opportunities for careers in the health promotion field in the future?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for health promotion is projected to experience above-average growth with an anticipated increase of 16 percent by 2026. This growth is driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

What are the employment opportunities for the HWIH major?

Employment opportunities will vary and may include settings such as a worksite, hospital/clinical, insurance company, or community-based setting. A graduate of the HWIH major will be considered a health promotion professional upon graduation. Students are also prepared to apply for graduate professional programs.

What is the difference between a health coaching certification and the HWIH major?

A health coaching certification allows an individual to become a certified health coach, and to coach populations on health topics such as exercise, nutrition, stress management and tobacco cessation. A health coach does not always need a four-year degree, depending on the certifying organization. Although a graduate of the HWIH program might earn a health coaching certification, other graduates may decide to pursue employment in alternative settings.

What opportunities do I have for certifications?

Certifications with the HWIH major will vary, depending on the interests and goals of the graduate. Certifications can include health/wellness coaching, certified personal training, and nutrition certifications. Students will learn the knowledge in their academic career necessary to take and pass certifications in their area of interest. It is important to note that the HWIH major is not a nursing degree; therefore, an individual may not sit for the NCLEX examination, required of all Registered Nurses (RN).