Learn about student health services
Students who are enrolled at Ohio University have access to physical and mental health services at Campus Care and to a complete program of recreation and fitness activities through Campus Recreation. Campus Care is located in Hudson Hall just behind Voigt Hall, off East Union Street near the College Green. Campus Care and Counseling and Psychological Services are available in Hudson Hall. Campus Recreation is located in the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center on South Green Drive. The Health Promotions office is located in Baker University Center.
Overview of Student Health Services
In an effort to keep student health care on campus affordable and accessible to all students, the WellBeing Plan was introduced at the start of the fall term 2008. The WellBeing Plan is a waivable student health care option of just $60 per semester that:
- Eliminates co-pays up to $15 for office visits, lab work, and x-rays with Campus Care
- Provides 13 free individual sessions per year and unlimited free group mental health services with Counseling and Psychological Services
- Supports numerous enhancements to student health care on campus (e.g., evening/weekend hours, 24/7 crisis intervention service, and more).
Health History Form
New students should complete the Health History Form and return it by mail no later than the first day of classes. Send the completed form to:
Ohio University Campus Care
2 Health Center Drive
1 Ohio University
Athens OH 45701
If you have a more complicated medical history, your personal physician can forward additional notes to the same address.
Major medical insurance coverage is mandatory for all Athens campus students. Domestic students enrolled for five or more credit hours, and international students taking one or more credit hours, will be automatically enrolled in and billed for a policy offered by Ohio University. If you do not wish to purchase the policy offered by Ohio University, you can decline it by providing information that documents comparable coverage. To avoid paying for the policy offered by Ohio University, you must decline the coverage by a specified date. You can decline the offer by visiting the My OHIO Student Center once registration charges have been assessed for the term.
International students cannot waive the major medical insurance offered by the university unless they are being sponsored by their home country. Only the Office of International Student and Faculty Services can grant permission to waive the insurance. The cost of the policy offered by Ohio University is added to your student financial account (along with tuition, room and board, etc.). The rate for the next academic year is typically announced in the spring and is available online. The total premium for the year will be billed in two installments, with 1/2 the total for each semester. Students enrolled for spring are also covered for the summer. If you want to purchase the policy, simply pay the account balance on your student financial account.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides confidential counseling for most adjustment and mental health problems that college students experience. Also available are opportunities to participate in groups that focus on special topics such as stress reduction, substance use, sexual assault, body image, relationship skills, and depression. In addition, consultation services are available for students who might be concerned about another student or someone else in their life who seems to be having problems. CPS is staffed by licensed mental health professionals and graduate students under their supervision. Some psychiatric consultations also are available for medication management. Many students use counseling services to continue services they have received at home.
Mental health screening for depression, bi-polar disorder, alcoholism, eating disorders, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder are available online. For more information or to arrange an appointment, please call 740.593.1616.
Recreation and Fitness
Part of keeping healthy is exercising and having fun with friends. There is no better place to do this on campus than the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center. The Ping Center is a state-of-the-art recreational center with five basketball courts, eight racquetball courts, a climbing wall, and an indoor track. The facility also features aerobic, fitness, and weight rooms. There is something for everyone, from a pickup game of basketball to a scheduled aerobics class. The Ping Center caters to students with varied schedules, opening at 6:30 a.m. and closing at midnight.
The University’s Aquatic Center has an Olympic-size pool and offers open hours for swimming. Bird Arena, the indoor ice skating facility, offers open hours for skating. Don’t worry if you left your skates at home; you can rent a pair there. The golf and tennis center provides a nine-hole golf course and indoor and outdoor tennis courts, complete with a pro shop and equipment and cart rentals. A lighted driving range is available on West State Street.
The Outdoor Pursuits program boasts a 50-foot climbing tower at its challenge course as well as excursions and equipment rentals. For the competitive-minded, there are 35 club sports and a wide variety of intramurals.
The New Adventures Program is an adventure orientation program for first-year students. The program is designed to help students develop leadership skills, see amazing places, and form lasting friendships that make the transition into college smooth and enjoyable. New Adventures offers three different trip options: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness paddling expedition, Rock Climbing in Kentucky's Red River Gorge, and the Appalachian Adventure Week.