In the liberal arts tradition, the major in 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 for the major (Bachelor of Science degree) or minor in Health and Wellness Promotion 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.
Declaration of Major
Declaring a major or minor in Health and Wellness Promotion requires the student to complete a Declaration of Major form or Declaration of Minor form that must be signed by the department chair. Before declaring a major, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
Students can choose from the following degree programs in the Health and Wellness Promotion majors and minors:
- Major in Health and Wellness Promotion
- Major in Health and Wellness Promotion with K-12 Health and Physical Education Teacher Licensure
- Minor in Health and Wellness Promotion
- Interdisciplinary Cluster in Food, Food Systems and Culture
Consult UNC Asheville's current course catalog for all Health and Wellness major/minor requirements and course descriptions.
For an overview of the classes that Health and Wellness students will take please consult the Health and Wellness Promotion (HWP) Curriculum list
What Can I Do with This Major?
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-12 Physical Education and Health teaching licensure program in preparation to teach health in elementary, middle and high schools.
For examples of Health and Wellness Careers please consult the Careers in Health and Wellness Promotion handout.
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 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 the assistance of an advisor in the Department of Health and Wellness.
UNC Asheville students have been successful in the fields of Medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, medical research, pharmacy and physical therapy. Former students and UNCA graduates are also successful as physician assistants, athletic trainers, nurses, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.