Why Study Health and Wellness Management?

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Offered through UW Extended Campus and UWRF and comprised of stackable credentials/certificates, the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management is what you need to jumpstart an exciting career in health promotion or to advance in your profession. The program offers three stackable certificates - Foundations of Health and Wellness, Leadership in Health and Wellness and Improving Health with Data and Policy. Complete all three certificates and the Master's Capstone to earn your M.S.

Designed for working adults with real-world experience, courses are entirely online, making the program ideal for busy professionals. You'll still have ready access to advisers and faculty and you can take advantage of a wealth of on-campus resources, including career assistance and the library.

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Program Details

  • Curriculum designed with input from industry leaders.
  • Innovative, online classrooms with no campus visits or face-to-face meetings required.
  • Increase your knowledge of the fundamentals of health and wellness and learn next-level program management skills.
  • Gain a competitive advantage in a growing field.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online courses.
  • Study under expert University of Wisconsin faculty.
  • Graduate from an institution employers respect.

Program Curriculum, 31 credits

Courses are offered online by faculty from several University of Wisconsin campuses. Stackable credentials allow you to build your skills and career on your own schedule, over time, focusing on developing skills in a specific area of concentration by completing a certificate. Courses and certificates can be taken in any sequence, with the exception of the capstone prep and project courses, which are typically taken in the final semester once all program courses have been completed.

Foundations of Health and Wellness-Graduate Certificate (FHW)

This stackable certificate introduces health and wellness principles and practices. Learn how to apply a holistic approach to health and wellness and use evidence-based practices to effectively address population health issues. Examine the determinants of health, their underlying causes and how they impact health outcomes.

HWM 700 Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives, 3 credits
HWM 725 Evidence-based Practices in Health and Wellness, 3 credits
HWM 730 Holistic Aspects of Health, 3 credits

Leadership in Health and Wellness-Graduate Certificate (LHW)

In this stackable certificate, you'll learn how to engage and lead a team of wellness professionals in a variety of settings. Develop skills in wellness leadership including strategic planning; team building; budgeting, vendor selection, and contracts; using data to make informed decisions; project management; and social responsibility.

HWM 705 Strategic Management for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 750 Planning and Evaluation for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 770 Human and Group Behavior, 3 credits

Improving Health with Data and Policy-Graduate Certificate (HDP)

In this stackable certificate you'll learn how to identify and address health issues by using data to make informed decisions, including methods for collecting, evaluating and communicating data to a variety of audiences. You'll also examine how federal, state and local regulations and healthcare systems influence health outcomes and equity.

HWM 710 Research and Data Analysis for Wellness Programs, 3 credits
HWM 715 Professional Communication for Wellness Managers, 3 credits
HWM 755 Health Policy and Action, 3 credits

Master's Capstone (MS)

A capstone project is required to earn the master’s degree, and typically completed in the final semester.

HWM 787 Capstone Preparation, 1 credit
HWM 790 Health and Wellness Management Capstone Course, 3 credits

Tuition rates can be found here. Tuition rates for other 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.

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

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or greater from a regionally or nationally accredited university or college
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic)
  • 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)

Aptitude tests (GRE, GMAT, e.g.) are not required. If you do not currently meet admissions requirements, a campus adviser can discuss option for enrolling in the program. Request a consultation with an adviser by sending an email to learn@uwex.edu.

You may apply and begin the program with the start of any term. Complete a UW System application online, pay the processing fee, and have official transcripts sent directly to UW-River Falls from the colleges and universities that you have previously attended.

Health and Wellness Management

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Learn key health and wellness skills including planning and evaluation, healthcare benefit design and wellness law, behavior change facilitation and digital technology for wellness.
  • Strengthen management skills including strategic planning, organizational change management, quality and performance improvement and marketing and communication strategies.
  • Gain practical experience via a capstone project in partnership with an organization of your choice.

Types of Courses

  • Behavior and Development in Organizations
  • Best Practices and Emerging Issues in Wellness
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health
  • Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives
  • Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Health Systems and Policy for Wellness Managers
  • Persuasion Skills for Wellness Managers
  • Strategic Management for Wellness Managers
  • Wellness Law
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