Health Promotion and Wellness

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Classes Start: January 9, 2023

Health Promotion and Wellness

The Health Promotion and Wellness track of the Master of Science in Health Science is designed for students to develop expertise in the coaching approach to client and patient care. Through the knowledge gained in this program, graduates will be able to help the populations they serve bridge the gap between where healthcare ends and healthy living starts.

This program is ideal for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in an allied health or exercise science and are committed to best practices in facilitating positive, sustainable behavior change. Students will develop their skills in exercise prescription, nutrition counseling, wellness program design, and implementation, and coaching best practices. Students will also gain an understanding of the psychological and physiological mechanisms within coaching techniques and client responses.

Students who complete the track will be eligible to sit for the Health & Wellness Coach Certifying Examination to become a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). This certification is offered by the National Board of Medical Examiners for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching.

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Why Health Promotion and Wellness?

The Health Promotion and Wellness Track prepares students for a career as a health and wellness coach in private practice or as part of a team in settings such as a medical practice or corporate wellness. Additionally, this program prepares individuals for a variety of careers in health education and wellness as they develop the ability to design, implement and evaluate wellness programs.

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40 Hours of Live Coaching

Students will participate in 40 hours of synchronous coaching sessions. They’ll interact with our expert faculty and their fellow peers in mock coaching sessions. They’ll have the opportunity to see health and wellness coaches in action. Additionally, students will participate in an exam and a one-on-one coaching session.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs within the Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers fields to grow 17% between 2020 and 2030, much faster than the average. There are a number of careers graduates of the program can pursue, including:

  • Wellness Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator

Health Sciences Core Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)

HS 504 Research Methods
HS 506 Data & Decision Making
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice
HS 602 Applications of Education Practice

Health & Wellness Coaching (15 Credit Hours)

WE 610 Population Health Issues
WE 630 Nutrition and Exercise for Health and Wellness
WE 700 Theories of Behavior Change
WE 710 Theories and Application of Wellness Coaching
WE 711 Advanced Wellness Coaching

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

Tuition & Financial Aid

University Resource Fee (per semester)

$36 Resource Fee

Additional Information

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $1770

Thesis Committee Fee $1050

$590 per credit 

Program Faculty

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