Study the intersection of health and human behavior

Help others get on the path to wellness. At the intersection of health and human behavior, UNE’s Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies degree will teach you how to work with diverse individuals and populations to assess their wellness and guide them toward healthier lives. We offer an optional specialization in Assistive Technology that will broaden your career horizons as you learn how to equip clients with tools that will enhance their independence. Combining health sciences, wellness promotion, and human occupation, this major is a perfect foundation to a health professions graduate degree or for careers in the health and wellness industry.

Why UNE for your Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies degree

You’ll earn your Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies degree in a uniquely interprofessional educational environment. With more than a dozen health professions programs and a robust Education Department, UNE situates this major within a web of innovative, interdisciplinary University partnerships.

  • Meaningful service learning in the community
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Optional Assistive Technology specialization
  • Optional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification
  • Flexibility to pursue a minor
  • Optional accelerated HWOS to M.S.O.T 3+2 allows you to complete a bachelor’s and occupational therapy master's in five years
  • GradVantage option for UNE’s Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy graduate programs
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I just fell in love with the community here at UNE. I wanted a place where everyone knows each other, and that’s what I found.
Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies/Pre-OT

What will you study? B.S. in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Curriculum Overview

The following are some examples of the exciting courses that the Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies major offers:

  • Holistic Health
  • Stress Management
  • Equine-Assisted Therapy and Wellness
  • Foundations of Assistive Technology
  • Substance Misuse and Prevention
  • Disability Studies
  • Occupational Science
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Curriculum

Required Courses Credits
BIO 104/104L – General Biology with Lab 4
BIO 208/208L – Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab 4
BIO 209/209L – Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab 4
BIO 309 – Pathophysiology 3
PHY 125/125L – Introduction to Biomechanics with Lab or PHY 110/110L – General Physics with Lab 4
ENG 110 – English Composition or ENG 122/123 – College Reading & Writing I/II 4–6
EXS 120 – Personal Health & Wellness 3
EXS 180 – Motor Learning & Performance 3
IHS 130 – Interprofessional Health Care First Year Experience 3
IHS 310 – Ethical Practice in Health Professions 3
MAT 120 – Statistics 3
PSY 105 – Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 205 – Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 250 – Lifespan Development 3
SOC 150 – Introduction to Sociology 3
One (1) Creative Arts Course (with prefix ARH, ART, or MUS) 3
One (1) Explorations Course 3
One (1) Social Global Awareness Course 3
One (1) Advanced Studies Course 3
Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Requirements Credits
HWOS 305 – Introduction to OT & Related Fields or NUTR 220 – Nutrition 3
HWOS 313 – Occupational Media 3
HWOS 315 – Assessment for Wellness Consultation 3
HWOS 316 – Research Methods 3
HWOS 331 – Principles of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
HWOS 341 – Health and Wellness in an Aging Society 3
HWOS 405 – Occupational Science 3
HWOS 414 – Stress Management 3
HWOS 424 – Health Education: From Theory to Practice 4
HWOS 432 – Disability Studies & Inclusive Communities 3
HWOS 434 – Substance Misuse & Prevention 3
Open elective courses (needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Assistive Technology Specialization

Assistive Technology Specialization Requirements Credits
HWOS 201 – Foundations of Assistive Technology 3
HWOS 301 – Assistive Technology in Schools 3
HWOS 302 – Assistive Technology for Aging in Place 3
HWOS 402 – Assistive Technology for Community Mobility 3
HWOS 490 – Internship in Assistive Technology Practice 3
Elective in Assistive Technology 3
Total Credits 18

To learn more about the program visit the Academic Catalog or read our Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies student handbook (PDF).

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Assistive Technology Specialization

As a Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies major, you may opt to pursue an Assistive Technology specialization. Assistive technology refers to devices, equipment, software, and apps that help people live with more independence. It includes communication devices for people who cannot communicate verbally, software for those with learning disabilities, smart home apps that allow older adults to live independently, computer access for people with physical disabilities, and many other tools that help people perform meaningful tasks.

An assistive technology professional (ATP) assesses clients who have disabilities or other challenges to determine if they would benefit from an assistive device. The ATP then selects the appropriate equipment and trains the clients to use the technology.

Our Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Assistive Technology specialization provides:

  • Five specialized courses
  • Assistive technology internship (3 credits)
  • Preparation for certification as an assistive technology professional through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America)

Career Paths for Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Majors

Through training in occupational science, motivational interviewing, assistive technology, wellness assessment, stress management, and health education, you will develop the technical and analytical skills needed for a rewarding career helping others reach their health goals.

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Assistive Technology Professional
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator/Director
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Special Educator
  • Benefits Coordinator
  • Disability Advocate
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Case Manager

Growing Fast

The health care and social assistance industry is one of the largest industries in the country and jobs in the field are increasing at more than double the national average. Nearly 22 million jobs are projected by 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Advising in the Health, Wellness, Occupational Studies Program

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Facilities

Campus Center

The 55,000-square foot Campus Center houses a sports complex that includes a 25-yard/six-lane handicapped-accessible swimming pool, an eight-person hot tub, and a fully-equipped fitness center with two racquetball courts and a free weight area. It also contains a 12,100-square-foot gym with a 1/12-mile balcony track, showers, a sauna, and locker rooms.

Center to Advance Interprofessional Education and Practice

UNE is one of a handful of private universities with a comprehensive health education mission that includes medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, nursing, and an array of allied health profession programs.

In UNE’s HWOS program, you will take part in interprofessional education initiatives that prepare you to work with other aspiring health professionals to practice comprehensive and collaborative team-based care. Through service-learning and field experiences, you benefit from exercises that also include students from other UNE health discipline programs.

Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center

As a HWOS student, you utilize our Interprofessional Simulation and Innovation Center to apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom to realistic clinical situations before putting actual patients at risk.

Guided by skilled instructors, you participate in simulations specifically designed to enhance your clinical aptitudes. Rather than just hearing about and reading about difficult or unusual cases, you experience them by treating our high-fidelity patient simulators and patient actors in scenarios that mimic real life.

Two C O M students and a nursing student practice working together on a simulated patient
Exterior shot of Innovation Hall, a brick building with windows

Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies/M.S.O.T 3+2

Now you can begin earning your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy during your undergraduate studies. This accelerated program will allow you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in as little as five years.

Learn more about our accelerated program

Experiential Learning in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

With a focus on skills development, the Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies major provides opportunities for hands-on learning through collaborative projects, undergraduate research, service learning, internships, and extra-curricular activities that complement coursework.

Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Activities and Opportunities

  • Run a summer camp for children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Research adaptive sports, holistic health methods, and stress management
  • Earn certification as a Peer Health Educator
  • Organize Boys and Girls Club festivals
  • Mentor youth in empowerment programs
  • Implement community-based health interventions
  • Engage older adult cognition through creative arts
  • Design disability advocacy programs

Finding the Pieces Camp

The University of New England, City of Biddeford, and Autism Society of Maine partnered to develop the Finding the Pieces Camp. The camp, designed for children in York County who have autism, is staffed by undergraduate UNE students from the Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies program and the Education program, all of whom have studied autism. Campers attend free of charge thanks to the support of generous sponsors.

Internships for B.S. in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies Students

HWOS internship sites are focused on community-based, health and wellness promotion. A wide array of enriching internship opportunities exist at sites including:

  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
  • Maine Medical Center Research Institute
  • Carlisle Academy Integrative Therapy and Sports
  • My Place Teen Center
  • St. Louis Child Development Center
  • St. Joseph's Rehabilitation & Residence

The HWOS Internship Coordinator connects you with community sites and supports you throughout the internship experience. A site supervisor provides direct supervision and guidance while on site. Through your internship, you make significant, positive impacts in the community, while gaining invaluable experience, skills, and mentorship.

You earn credit for the experience through the HWOS 490 Internship course, offered every Fall and Spring Semester. You can tailor the experience to fit with existing academic and extracurricular commitments, pursuing between one to three credit hours. Coursework includes weekly reflective journals and meetings, a foundational paper, an internship project, and a summative portfolio.

To learn more about your internship experience, contact Caryn Husman at chusman@une.edu or (207) 602-2065.

Service Learning

As part of the HWOS curriculum, you complete Service Learning Projects. These projects bring you out into the field to perform important work with local organizations while gaining invaluable experience and community connections — UNE’s Department of Service Learning offers additional opportunities. At the annual HWOS Day of Scholarship, student-led research projects are showcased to the UNE and the surrounding community at an interactive, professional poster session, where you practice skills in effective presentation and communication. 

Service-learning initiatives connect students, faculty, and professional staff with opportunities to engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial service activities within a variety of community settings. Service-learning instills a lifelong commitment toward helping others, while positively impacting individual, family, and community health outcomes among populations served. Examples include working with the homeless population, implementing health fairs, and developing age-appropriate recreational activities at a local Boys and Girls Club.

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