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 exercise science and public health, our faculty are as passionate about creating healthier communities as they are about helping students find their calling. Beyond the classroom, students pursue internships and employment, research projects, leadership experiences and community-engaged learning opportunities.

What You’ll Learn

The state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, include the Fit and iDXA Lab, Peak Performance & Biofeedback Lab and Teaching Kitchen. These academic spaces and community partner sites 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. Majors will learn skills in health promotion, personal wellness coaching, health communication, health sciences, and applications to public health problems. The curriculum emphasizes the science behind and promotion of fitness and health, chronic disease prevention, and racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health parity. Areas of focus may include fitness and active living, food policy and nutrition, mental and emotional health, worksite and senior wellness programming, and maternal and child health. Majors interested in clinical health careers participate with the pre-health professions program. Students learn about health care careers and prepare for graduate programs in physical therapy, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, nutrition and others.

Graduates find careers in a wide range of fields including medicine, exercise physiology, neuroscience, fitness promotion, nutrition education, health education, counseling, holistic health, and community and public health.