Our B.S. degree fosters a holistic understanding of health and wellness through the study of human occupation, population health, and health science. You learn to empower individuals and communities to achieve healthy lifestyles and occupational balance.

B.S. in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

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. This major combines health sciences, wellness promotion, and human occupation, making it a perfect foundation for health professions graduate degree or careers in the health and wellness industry.

The HWOS program has prepared me beyond what I expected for continuing onto graduate school for Occupational Therapy. All the classes in this program have helped me to become a critical thinker and empathetic future healthcare professional." — Sarah Burbridge '22

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One-of-a-kind Location

As a student in our Department of Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies program, you study on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, this confluence of natural resources has inspired students and faculty from around the world. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown. Looking to try a new type of food, grab a coffee, or shop for locally-made clothes? Biddeford/Saco has it all.

The HWOS department is a community where we all care for each other and want each other to succeed. The professors are the most supportive people that I have met in my time at UNE. They have endless tools and resources to ensure their students' success and growth. I could not be more thankful for the support that I have gotten." — Michaela Svendsen '22

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