Our program in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies gives students a broad education that will prepare them for a variety of career paths. Students will be prepared for opportunities including application to graduate programs in occupational therapy, disability studies, physical therapy, counseling, or related health professions, as well as a career as a wellness coach, wellness coordinator, activity director, health educator, case manager, medical salesperson, or paraprofessional in mental health and educational settings.
If students choose to enter the workforce directly with a Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies degree, they 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.
Our program grounds students in the core arts and sciences, with an emphasis on courses that study human occupation, such as Occupational Science, Occupational Media, and Disability Studies. The curriculum includes wellness courses such as Principles of Health Promotion, Stress Management, and Substance Abuse Prevention. Students also study interdisciplinary health subjects, alongside Nursing, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, and Dental Hygiene students.
At the conclusion of the program, the HWOS student will:
- Critically analyze concepts of health and wellness through application at the personal (micro), population (meso), and societal (macro) levels.
- Synthesize biological, psychosocial, and educational theories that influence human behavior and occupational participation.
- Assess the influence of disease and disability with respect to health promotion and occupational well-being.
- Model compassion as an essential attribute in understanding diverse occupational engagement across the lifespan
- Collaboratively engage in integrative leadership in occupational media, research and science in preparation for inter-professional endeavors.
- Be prepared to apply for graduate study in the field of occupational therapy or a related health profession.