B.S. Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies

A female U N E student demonstrates using a wheelchair in front of a class Our program in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies gives you a broad education allowing you several career paths. You will be prepared for many exciting opportunities including:

  • Application to numerous graduate programs
    • Occupational therapy
    • Disability studies
    • Physical therapy
    • Counseling
    • Other health related professions 
  • Health and Wellness Careers
    • Wellness coordinator
    • Wellness coach
    • Activity director
    • Health educator 
  • Health Careers
    • Case manager
    • Medical salesperson
    • Paraprofessional in mental health and/or educational settings

Through work in these fields you will improve people’s lives by helping them to engage in activities and occupations that are meaningful to them, and helping them take better control of their health and well-being.

Our program grounds you in the core arts and sciences, with an emphasis on courses that study human occupation, such as Occupational Science, Occupational Media, and Disability Studies. You will also take wellness courses including Principles of Health Promotion, Stress Management, and Substance Abuse Prevention. You take interdisciplinary health courses too, alongside Nursing, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Dental Hygiene students.

In the Field

Through our program, you have the opportunity to gain hands-on field experience through service learning projects or by volunteering in our Community Therapy Center in Biddeford, where occupational therapy and physical therapy services are offered to improve the lives of children and families.

If you choose to enter the workforce directly with your Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies degree, you can apply for ACSM/NSPAPPH specialty certification in Physical Activity in Public Health, ACSM/NCPAD certification as an Inclusive Fitness Trainer,  CHES certification as a Health Education Specialist, or FDC credentialing as a Family Development Specialist.

Global Opportunities

As a Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies student you also enjoy opportunities to participate in a variety of different global learning experiences through UNE's Global Education Program. These experiences are designed to enhance your worldview, and introduce you to diverse populations. Tangier, Morocco and Seville, Spain are semester-long study abroad experiences available during your sophomore year at UNE. Both programs offer lab science and humanities courses that can fulfill your core requirements, and if you join a semester-long study abroad program, you work closely with your academic advisor to ensure that you stay on track with your curriculum. Other short term immersion experiences are also available to you during your sophomore, junior, or senior years. These include faculty-led trips to Brazil, Dominica, and the (IMM)UNE club trips.

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.