Program Director: Florence J. Dallo
Associate professor: Florence J. Dallo
Assistant professor: Elise Brown
Clinical instructors: Mary Anne Mikus, Terry L. Dibble, Teri E. Kolar, Charles Rinehart, Lucille Sternburgh
The rigorous Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). Wellness and Health Promotion graduates achieving an overall GPA of 2.75 may register as certified wellness practitioners (CWP) with the NWI. 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. 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 pre-professional option. The major in Wellness and Health Promotion can be completed within 128 credit hours. However, students taking the pre professional focus should note that additional credit hours may 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 and Health Promotion 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 EHS, EXS, HS, MLS, 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 human resource development 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 must 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 averages are outlined in the WHP Student Handbook, available on the WHP website.
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 2000, HS 3000, Western Civilization (PHL 1300, , or ) , PSY 1000, Global Perspective (MGT 1100, , or ), STA 2220, WRT 1060, plus the general education courses in Arts, Language, Literature and Knowledge Applications ( or , , , , , , ).
- Complete EXS 2400, EXS 2500, HS 2000, HS 3000, 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.