The Department of Health and Wellness is housed in the Wilma M. Sherrill Center, which opened in Spring 2011. This 130,000 square foot facility provides state-of-the-art teaching and research space for students, and is also the home for the N.C. Center for Health and Wellness.
The Department of Health and Wellness offers diverse and flexible programs designed to help students live-and teach others how to live-healthier, more balanced and meaningful lives. The curriculum for the major (Bachelor of Science degree) or minor in Health and Wellness Promotion emphasizes multi-level programs aimed at the promotion of wellness throughout a lifetime. Students may pursue careers in worksite wellness, hospital-based wellness programs, community health centers, retirement and nursing home wellness programs, commercial and not-for-profit health, fitness, and recreation centers, and other related areas. Students may also choose to major in Health and Wellness Promotion and complete the K-6 teaching licensure program, in preparation to teach health in elementary schools. Students who receive a B.S. with a major in Health and Wellness Promotion may choose to pursue graduate and/or professional studies in areas such as Health Promotion, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Health Education, Gerontology, Public Health, Allied Health, and Medicine. Students interested in graduate school should be aware of additional course work required for admission to these programs that may not be required for the Health and Wellness Promotion major.
The Health and Wellness Department also offers a minor in Health and Wellness Promotion and a Pre-Health Professions Program. The Pre-Health Professions Program provides opportunities for students to learn more about the broad array of health care career options and guides them in successfully preparing for graduate or professional program admissions. Pre-medicine students and those interested in allied health careers (pre-health professions) may major in any discipline. They should complete the Pre-Health Professions program with assistance from their advisor or from an advisor in the Department of Health and Wellness.