Who We Are

UNC Asheville’s Department of Health and Wellness offers flexible programs designed to support students in promoting healthier, more balanced and meaningful lives in a variety of populations and settings. From nutrition and mental health, to health care policy and education, our faculty are as passionate about creating healthier communities as they are about helping students find their calling. Beyond the classroom, students pursue internships, student employment, research projects, and community-engaged learning opportunities.

What You’ll Learn

The state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, including the Biometrics Lab, Teaching Kitchen and H.A.P.I. (Healthy Aging Program Initiative) Lab, are some of the settings where students learn about fitness and healthy lifestyles, mental health, chronic disease prevention, wellness programming, and achieving health equity across diverse populations.

In the liberal arts tradition, Health and Wellness Promotion is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to provide educational, informational, and support services to populations at risk for chronic diseases, particularly preventable diseases related to lifestyle. The program includes instruction in health promotion publicity, public relations, personal wellness coaching/counseling, health promotion campaign management, preparation of health promotion teaching aids and instructional materials, and applications to specific public health problems and campaign audiences.

The curriculum emphasizes multi-level programs aimed at the promotion of fitness and healthy lifestyles, prevention of childhood and adult obesity, chronic disease prevention, substance abuse prevention, worksite and senior wellness programming, developing cultural competence, and achieving racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health parity. Areas of focus may include fitness and active living, food and nutrition, maternal and child health, and pre-health professions.

Graduates find careers in worksite wellness, food and nutrition promotion, senior living wellness programs, commercial and not-for-profit health promotion and fitness centers, K-12 education, and more. Students learn about health care careers and prepare for graduate programs in physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, nutrition and others.