Health and Wellness Management Graduate 

Health and Wellness Management

Designed for working adults with real-world experience, the new online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management will strengthen and expand your knowledge of corporate wellness and health promotion issues, preparing you for high-level leadership positions at your current organization or at top companies around the world. 

Drawing on the expertise of faculty from five University of Wisconsin campuses, the classes are offered completely online.Through a core curriculum plus a capstone experience, this graduate program covers topics including program budgeting, legal and policy issues, strategic planning, change management, systems thinking, marketing, and communication. 

Because the program is entirely online, you can study and do homework whenever you like, wherever you have an Internet connection. Courses have no set meeting times and you never need to come to campus. At the same time, you will have ready access to advisers and faculty by phone and email, and you may take advantage of on-campus resources such as career assistance and libraries.

An online, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management is also available for those who wish to complete an undergraduate degree.

Program Curriculum, 36 credits

Courses are offered online by faculty from several University of Wisconsin campuses. All applicants will need to demonstrate that they have taken the following prerequisite courses.

Program Prerequisites:

Personal Health or Equivalent
Anatomy and Physiology or Human Biology or Equivalent
Intro to Psychology or Equivalent
Elementary Statistics or Equivalent

Required Courses:

HWM 700 Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives, 3 credits
HWM 705 Strategic Management for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 710 Research Methods for Wellness Programs, 3 credits
HWM 715 Persuasion Skills for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 720 Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease, 3 credits
HWM 730 Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health, 3 credits
HWM 740 Health Systems and Policy for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 750 Planning and Evaluation for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 760 Wellness Law, 3 credits
HWM 770 Behavior and Development in Organizations, 3 credits
HWM 780 Best Practices and Emerging Issues in Wellness, 3 credits
HWM 790 Health and Wellness Management Capstone Course, 3 credits

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition will be $725 per credit for the health and wellness management classes, regardless of where you live. Tuition rates for other courses, such as the prerequisite courses, may be different. Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. Students who take at least four credits each term may be eligible for financial assistance.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management program requires:

  • Bachelor's degree with a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or greater;
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework (see above);
  • Resume;
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic); and
  • Statement of personal intent describing decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the health and wellness management field (not to exceed 1,000 words).

Applicants do not need to submit scores from any aptitude tests (GRE, GMAT, e.g.). 

International Applicants: All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit (within 2 years) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) ( scores. Official score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency to each university to which you are applying. Other English proficiency score results may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Students will be required to satisfy all program prerequisites prior to formal admission into the program. Academic Directors are provided the option to waive one or more prerequisites based, in part, on student background and work experience.

Your campus Academic Director will have discretion to offer provisional admission if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement. Contact our Program Manager for more information.

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