Wellness and Health Promotion, B.S.

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Gain the skills to improve the health and wellness of individuals, organizations, and communities.

Oakland University’s wellness and health promotion degree equips you to meet the growing need for strong communicators who can encourage healthy habits. A national leader in this field, we have one of the few U.S. health and wellness degrees that’s accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). You’ll build deep expertise in nutrition, exercise, mental health, and stress management, preparing you for a wide range of health and wellness jobs or graduate programs (including medical school). One of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. workforce, health and wellness professionals range from doctors and nurses to fitness trainers, health educators, nutritionists, public health officials, and other specialists. Our program gives you a head start on graduate school or the health promotion job market.

Wellness and Health Promotion Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

Health and wellness jobs require a strong personal touch, and that’s where Oakland University excels. We’re small enough to offer face-to-face education, with small classes and extensive faculty attention. But we’re large enough to have comprehensive, state-of-the-art wellness and health facilities (including a medical school on campus) plus community and corporate partnerships that let you explore the full range of health and wellness careers.

Our wellness and health promotion degree enables you to:

  • Work with diverse populations. Much of the learning in our health and wellness program takes place in the community. You’ll get field experience in wellness clinics, schools, treatment centers, and other real-world settings, interacting with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of fitness.
  • Earn an accredited, academically rigorous degree. Our wellness and health promotion degree is one of the few nationwide (and the only one in Michigan) to hold accreditation from the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE). Graduates from accredited health and wellness programs can earn Certified Wellness Professional designation, a significant advantage in the job market.
  • Build strong faculty relationships. You’ll learn from national health and wellness leaders who excel as researchers, educators, and practitioners. Our small class sizes enable you to work closely with instructors, developing relationships that can yield significant benefits to your wellness and health career.
  • Acquire practical, results-oriented skills. In addition to developing expertise in health and wellness promotion, you’ll learn to measure outcomes and assess program effectiveness. These advanced skills enable you to maximize your impact on community health and well-being.

Wellness and Health Jobs and Careers

With an aging population and an evolving health care system, the United States has a tremendous need for health and wellness professionals. Because we’re an accredited program, our students stand out in the health and wellness job market and in the graduate school applicant pool. If you’re a strong communicator with a knack for the behavioral sciences, you’ll find a wide range of opportunities that include:

  • Health educator
  • Community health programmer
  • Corporate wellness coordinator
  • General wellness coordinator
  • Human resources specialist
  • Clinical operations director
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health events coordinator
  • Personal trainer

Wellness and Health Degree: What You’ll Study

Our accredited wellness and health degree includes introductory coursework in community health, health science statistics, safety and first aid, nutrition, and psychology. The program focuses heavily on diversity, with courses on global health and environmental perspectives, culture and well-being, wellness across the lifespan, and multicultural communication.

Additional courses and electives cover subjects such as:

  • Personal and occupational health
  • Stress management
  • Research methods
  • Health psychology
  • Health literacy
  • Health programming
  • Wellness facilitation
  • Assessment and intervention
  • Health care safety
  • Environmental health
  • Population health
  • Hospital safety and health

The program concludes with a supervised professional internship in a health and wellness educational setting.

  • My future career:

    Exercise Physiologist

  • My future career:

    Health Educator

  • My future career:

    Personal Trainer

  • My future career:

    Wellness Coordinator

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    • Median Salary*
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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

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