Department Website: oakland.edu/shs/whp/
Director: Stafford C. Rorke
Associate professors: Stafford C. Rorke
Assistant professor: Florence J. Dallo
Consulting associate professor: David B. Siegel
Clinical instructors: Mary Anne Cukr, Terry L. Dibble, Teri E. Kolar, Julie Proctor, Charles Rinehart, Lucille Sternburgh
The rigorous wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention (WHP) program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). Wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention graduates achieving an overall GPA of 2.75 may register as certified wellness practitioners (CWP) with the National Wellness Institute. The primary goal of the WHP program is to prepare students for entry to graduate programs of study in fields such as exercise science, health education, human resources, injury prevention, psychology, nutrition, public health, and related professional and medical fields such as a second degree in nursing, physician assistant, or medicine. WHP graduates may register as certified wellness practitioners (CWP) with the National Wellness Institute. Therefore, a parallel secondary function of the WHP program is to prepare students for entry-level employment in a variety of allied health, commercial, industrial, government, hospital, community and non-profit organizations. Professional skills of graduates are utilized in health enhancement, disease prevention, injury prevention, health education/promotion, health and fitness, corporate and work-site wellness, as well as human resource practice and management.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad-based introduction to this emerging multi-disciplinary field of study, but in addition, provides a specialization within one of eight focus areas: additional major in psychology; general health enhancement; intervention strategies in health promotion; complementary medicine; injury prevention; exercise science; nutrition and health; and a preprofessional option. All focus areas for the major in wellness, health promotion and injury prevention can be completed within 128 credit hours. However, students taking the preprofessional focus should note that additional credit hours will be required in the biological sciences in order to satisfy entry requirements for most medical and related schools.
It is possible for students majoring in wellness, health promotion and injury prevention to take a minor in anthropology, exercise science, human resource development training and development, marketing, nutrition and health, psychology, sociology, or other minors, depending on the focus area chosen.
Grade Point Policy
To graduate with the WHP major a student must attain a grade of 2.50 in all School of Health Sciences coursework applied to the core curriculum of the major (School of Health Sciences coursework includes courses in EXS, HS, OSH, MLS, NH and WHP). The 2.50 grade requirement does not apply to courses in the WHP focus or to courses taken outside of the school of health sciences. However, selected other schools also have grade requirements e.g. psychology requires a 2.0 and HRD also has grade requirements. In addition, admission to selected core WHP courses requires that designated prerequisite courses be obtained with a 2.50. A student completing a required course with a grade below 2.50, or whose cumulative grade point average in School of Health Sciences courses falls below 2.50, will automatically be considered to be on probation in the program. A subsequent course grade below 2.50 will necessitate repeating of the course; or a change of major, a decision made in the best interest of the student following consultation with the WHP Program Director or designated representative. Before repeating any course, students should consult with the WHP Program Director. WHP majors should remember that in order to register as Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWP) with the National Wellness Institute, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 for the overall degree is required. Additional rules governing grade point adverages are outlined in the WHP Student Handbook.
Code of Ethics
Ethical conduct is critical to a health profession. Therefore, WHP students are required to abide by the Code of Conduct established by the American College of Sports Medicine. Violations will be reviewed by the faculty and could result in dismissal from the program. Students are expected to maintain healthy lifestyle choices and fulfill the ethical expectation to be a good role model in the health promotion field.
Admission to the major in wellness, health promotion and Injury prevention: pre-WHP standing
WHP students are expected to epitomize a complete wellness lifestyle. The degree is not recommended for individuals who cannot fulfill the ethical expectations to be a good role model in the health promotion field. Students interested in the WHP major must first declare standing as pre-WHP majors. To complete the pre-WHP requirements for admission to the WHP major students must first:
- Complete all required general education courses with an overall GPA of 2.50 as follows: HS 201 , HS 302 , Western Civilization (PHL 103 , , or ) , PSY 100 , Global Perspective (MGT 110 , , or ), STA 225 , WRT 160 , plus the general education courses in Arts, Language, Literature and Knowledge Applications.
- Complete EXS 204 , EXS 215 , HS 201 , HS 302 , and each with a minimum grade of 2.5, and with a minimum grade of 2.0.
Schedule of Classes
Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.