Mar 24, 2023
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The wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention program is accredited with 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 WHP program functions to address growing societal needs for specialists in diverse allied health fields. Graduates find employment in a variety of commercial, industrial, government, hospital, community and non-profit organizations. Their professional skills are utilized in health enhancement, disease prevention, injury prevention, health education/promotion, health and fitness, corporate and worksite 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. All focus areas for the major in wellness, health promotion and injury prevention can be completed within 128 credit hours. However, students taking the pre-professional 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.
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:
1. Complete all required general education courses with an overall GPA of 2.50 as follows
2. Complete each with a minimum grade of 2.5.
Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Wellness, Health Promotion, and Injury Prevention must complete 128 credits, including the following requirements:
1. Meet the university general education requirements
(See Undergraduate degree requirements). Note that several courses under point 4 below satisfy both general education requirements, and wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention degree requirements. See courses marked *.
2. Complete the university U.S. diversity requirement.
For majors in wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention this requirement is satisfied by completing the core curriculum course, HS 302 .
3. Complete the wellness, health promotion, and injury prevention core curriculum credits
4. Complete courses that complement the core curriculum, as follows
(*Courses that also satisfy the university general education requirement).
5. Complete the required credit hours of program elective work for one of the chosen focus specialization areas below
a. Additional major in psychology focus
Students intending to earn a psychology major must consult with a Department of Psychology faculty adviser and complete the required 40 credits for the psychology major as detailed below. Note that 12 credits of psychology courses are satisfied in the WHP core curriculum, (See point #4 above). Therefore, in this focus students must complete a minimum of an additional 28 credit hours of psychology, plus 4 credit hours of WHP electives for a total of 32 credit hours. Students must declare the additional major in psychology by completing an additional major form, and must attain a minimum GPA of 2.00 over all psychology courses.
Plus one course from three of the following groups
Plus 8 elective hours of psychology credits at any level, except PSY 399
Plus 4 credit hours of WHP electives
b. General health promotion focus
Plus a minimum of 4 hours from
Plus 4 hours from one of the following groups
3. Personality and individual differences
Plus an additional 20 credit hours with the prior permission of the WHP Program Director from any course offered in the School of Health Sciences
Or, any health-related or social science course offered within the College of Arts and Sciences; or from other schools in the university, preferably leading to the attainment of a complementary minor.
c. Complementary medicine and wellness focus
Plus an additional 16 elective credit hours from
Students may choose a course not on the elective lists if preapproved by the program director as pertinent to the field of complementary medicine and wellness.
d. Health promotion intervention focus
Plus a minimum of 12 credit hours from
And any of the following courses
- Together with HRD 310 in the WHP core, courses marked “*” satisfy the HRD minor in training and development.
e. Injury prevention focus
Plus a minimum of 12 elective hours from
f. Exercise science focus
Plus 8 elective credit hours from the general elective list below
Students may choose a course not on the elective lists if preapproved by the program director as pertinent to the field of exercise science.
g. Pre-health professional study
Students must complete a further 32 credit hours of preapproved course-work in preparation for entry to a recognized health profession program.
Before designing this focus course of study pre-health profession students should contact the professional school that they are interested in attending to obtain program admission information.
h. Nutrition and health focus
Plus four hours from the following electives
Plus, a minimum of an additional 10 elective credit hours with the prior permission of the WHP Program Director, from any health-related course offered in the School of Health Sciences
Or any other course pre-approved by the program director.
6. All students declaring wellness, health promotion and injury prevention as their major must undertake a Health Risk Appraisal (satisfied in WHP 305).
Plus any course on the general, complementary medicine, health promotion interventions, injury prevention, exercise science, nutrition, or pre-professional focus group lists above.
Other elective options in biology, business, anthropology, health sciences, psychology, sociology, human resource development or from the College of Arts and Sciences may be taken with the prior written approval of the program director.
Grade point policy
To graduate with the WHP major an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is required in School of Health Sciences (SHS) courses; therefore, a grade at or above 2.5 is required in all SHS courses applied to the major. In addition, admission to selected core WHP courses requires that designated prerequisite course/s be obtained with a 2.5. A student completing a required course with a grade below 2.5, or having their cumulative grade point average in School of Health Sciences courses fall below 2.5 will automatically be considered to be on probation in the program. A subsequent course below 2.5 will necessitate repeat of the course; or a change of major; a decision reached in the best interests of the student, and following consultation with the WHP Program Director or designated representative. 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 points are outlined in the WHP Student Handbook.
Code of ethics
Since ethical conduct is critical to a health profession, 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.
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