Our program in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies gives students a broad education that will prepare them for a variety of career paths. Students are prepared for opportunities including application to graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, counseling, special education, public health, or related health professions - as well as professional opportunities such as careers as a wellness coach, wellness coordinator, activity director, health educator, case manager, medical salesperson, or paraprofessional in mental health and educational settings.
Our program grounds students in the core arts and sciences. The program emphasizes promotion of wellness through courses such as Principles of Health Promotion, Stress Management, and Substance Misuse and Prevention. The program also has a unique focus on human occupation through coursework including Occupational Science, Occupational Media, and Disability Studies. Students study interdisciplinary health subjects, alongside Nursing, Applied Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Dental Hygiene, Public Health, and Nutrition 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.