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About Us

The Wilce Student Health Center, Student Life Student Health Services (SLSHS), at The Ohio State University is a Joint Commission accredited outpatient facility providing a variety of health care services to the student population. All students enrolled at the Ohio State University are eligible to use SLSHS, regardless of health insurance coverage.

Dr. John Woodworth Wilce

The Wilce Student Health Center is named after Dr. John Woodworth Wilce.  Dr. Wilce began his career at the Ohio State University as the head football coach in 1913.  He coached the Buckeyes for 16 seasons compiling a career record of 78-33-9.  He was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.  He retired after the 1928 season to practice medicine.

Dr. Wilce served as the director of Student Health Services from 1934 to 1958.  He was instrumental in making SLSHS what it is today, incorporating such services as physical therapy, radiology, dental, tuberculosis monitoring, immunizations, and routine physical examinations.  Dr. Wilce played a key role in the establish of student health insurance at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Wilce served terms as both vice-president and president of the Ohio College Health Association and vice-president of the American College Health Association.  Two of his many publications associated with University Health received national acclaim, most notably the summarization of the 25+ years he spent  observing and studying the athletic heart.