Ohio State University College of Nursing

The health care system in the United States has to transform in order to successfully prevent disease. This transformation is necessary because preventable health problems are the #1 killer of Americans and this trend is spreading globally. Nurses are vital members of health care teams from community clinics to major research hospitals, and the nursing profession is poised to play a dynamic role in transforming the health care system.


The Ohio State University College of Nursing is highly regarded for its transformational leadership and innovation in nursing and health and evidence-based practice in health and wellness. The organization is actively working to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities around the world through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice.

How we’re making a difference

CRI and the OSU College of Nursing share a commitment to transform the global health and wellness landscape. Initiatives of the partnership include curriculum development, community-based programming, and collaborative research.

Faculty appointments. CRI President Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, and 17th U.S. Surgeon General, serves as the Dean’s distinguished professor of health promotion and entrepreneurship. Dr. Carmona serves as a key advisor and collaborator with Dean Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N. CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN, Dean of the Ohio State University College of Nursing, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, and University Chief Wellness Officer.

CRI Life Enhancement Program. Based at several Columbus, Ohio, community health centers, the CRI LEP with OSU College of Nursing will engage patients from low-income neighborhoods in a 12-session program to help them learn how to develop a sense of purpose and make healthy choices about physical activity, nutrition, and stress management. The program will be presented by an integrated team of Columbus community members, health professionals, and college faculty and staff who present the learning sessions and meet with participants one-on-one to ensure that each patient receives advice and counsel based on individual needs, abilities, and preferences.

OSU College of Nursing Curriculum Development. The CRI team collaborated with The OSU College of Nursing leaders to further develop its curriculum. The goal is to prepare students for positions in many sectors of society where their expertise in health literacy, health coaching, integrative health and prevention, and innovation and entrepreneurship can be applied in employment settings, public health programs, and beyond.

OSU Interprofessional Education Program. OSU students, faculty, staff, and the general community will have opportunities to attend and participate in panel discussions that will feature CRI’s health and wellness expertise.