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B.S. Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

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Program Overview

Help others get on the path to wellness. At the intersection of health and human behavior, UNE’s Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies major will teach you how to work with diverse individuals and populations to assess their wellness and guide them toward healthier lives. Combining health sciences, wellness promotion, and human occupation, it is a perfect foundation to a health professions graduate degree or for careers in the health and wellness industry.

Why UNE for Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies

You’ll study Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies 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 Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Certification
  • Small classes and close faculty relationships
  • Flexibility to pursue a minor
  • Early Assurance option for UNE’s Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy graduate programs

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Through training in occupational science, motivational interviewing, 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. Our graduates have pursued many fascinating careers, including:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • 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.

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

  • 93%

    of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

  • #1

    in Maine for getting a job (Zippia, 2019)



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
  • Occupational Science
  • Substance Misuse and Prevention
  • Disability Studies
  • Assessment for Wellness Consultation

To learn more about program, see the Curriculum, visit the Catalog, or read our Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies student handbook.

Meet our Faculty and Professional Staff

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Experiential Learning

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.


  • 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 & Girls Club festivals
  • Mentor youth in empowerment programs
  • Implement community-based health interventions
  • Engage older adult cognition through creative arts
  • Design disability advocacy programs


A wide array of enriching internship opportunities exist at sites including:

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

Contact HWOS Internship Coordinator, Collyn Baeder, M.P.H., to learn more about your internship experience.

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See the World

Immerse yourself in a new culture for a semester by studying abroad in Spain, France, Iceland, or at UNE’s own campus in Morocco. Or, you may choose from several shorter travel courses. Learn about health and community development in Kenya, for example, or volunteer on an organic farming co-op in Cuba. Other courses take you on adventures in exciting locations such as Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, and Ireland.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.