Health and Wellness Overview

Be empowered to aspire higher and lead communities to better health through a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from SMWC. Through coursework and real-world experience, you will be prepared for a wide range of opportunities in the health and wellness industry. Learn how to understand and promote better health in our major or minor health and wellness program.

Our approach is effective.

In our small, open classrooms, you’ll receive personalized interaction with your professors, have many opportunities to work collaboratively with classmates, and gain hands-on experience. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees in their field and have diverse experience in education, research, and industry fields.
Not only will your coursework explore the specifics of the health and wellness major, it will include a strong foundation in the liberal arts, providing you with a well-rounded education.

Major

A bachelor of science degree at SMWC requires at least 120 semester hours. In addition to general studies courses and electives, the Health and Wellness major requires 46 semester hours.

Required Health and Wellness Courses

All courses listed. Students may take a higher level chemistry course in place of CH 101.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus 2 Credits
CH 101 Chemistry for Changing Times
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Offers a basic knowledge of the science of chemistry as a tool for understanding the physical world. With this knowledge, we examine the following: how scientists approach and solve problems and how chemistry-related concepts appear in our day-to-day lives. No prior chemistry background is assumed. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BI 231 Anatomy and Physiology I
Campus | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems to human bodies as well as a general introduction to this area. Course fee.

Campus 3 Credits
BI 232 Anatomy and Physiology II
Campus | 3 Credits
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Includes the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems as well as growth, development and genetics. Course Fee. Prerequisite: BI 231

Campus 3 Credits
HS 330 Human Services Techniques: Casework Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Techniques of human services practice and helping processes for individuals and families, with emphasis on system analysis, needs assessment, case planning, documentation, ethics, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 105 Health and Wellness Concepts
Campus | 3 Credits
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Explore foundational concepts and theories of health, wellness, and illness related to health promotion, disease prevention, and quality of life. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health practices are emphasized. Opportunities for health careers are also explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 106 Medical Terminology
Campus | 2 Credits
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Examines medical terminology as the language of health care including the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. The emphasis is on spelling, pronunciation, definition, and word usage. Basic anatomy and physiology are discussed; however, no previous knowledge of these topics is necessary. Spring.

Campus 2 Credits
HW 212 Human Nutrition
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on principles of nutrition, alterations in nutrition, as well as clinical nutrition, and therapeutic diets. Concepts of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutritive needs, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Health issues related to excess or lack of nutrients will be explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 215 Fitness Theory and Practice
Campus | 3 Credits
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Fundamental principles of physical fitness are utilized to provide fitness programs for individuals and groups. Skills are developed to assess personal fitness levels and to design pre and post intervention strategies. Techniques will be developed for improving cardiovascular circulation, flexibility, increased muscular strength, endurance training, and fitness adaptions for identified populations. (Two hours of didactic lecture and one two hour fitness lab per week). Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 265 Community Health
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines concepts, theories, history, populations, and experiences related to community health issues and programs. Methods to assess community health will be demonstrated. Functions and responsibilities of health and wellness providers in various community health settings will be explored. Resources and services available within community will be identified. Development of networks to provide services in the community will be discussed. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 350 Health Education and Coaching
Campus | 3 Credits
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Expectations of the career role as a community educator or health coach are examined. Teaching methods and approaches to wellness coaching are presented. Theories of motivation are analyzed for selected populations. Variations in the application are based on the demographics and learning style of participants. Skills are developed in small group exercises. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 490 Internship
Campus | 3 Credits
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A supervised field experience in health and wellness promotion, prevention, and/or education. Students learn about contemporary issues in health and wellness through hands-on work with mentors and health and wellness professionals. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 260 Developmental Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies human physical, cognitive, personality, emotional, social and moral development and change from conception to death. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Guided Elective

Choose one from the following:

PS 360 Abnormal Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the dynamics of abnormal behavior including etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of emotional disorders, psychoses, substance abuse and childhood disorders. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
PS 440 Personality
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 410 Psychopharmacology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on physical and psychological effects of selected over-the-counter drugs, illegal drugs, and psychoactive prescriptive medications. Slang terms used to describe the substances, methods of ingestion, and complications of use will be explored. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

Required Health and Wellness Courses

19 credit hours required; all courses listed.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus 2 Credits
HW 106 Medical Terminology
Campus | 2 Credits
Show Course Description

Examines medical terminology as the language of health care including the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. The emphasis is on spelling, pronunciation, definition, and word usage. Basic anatomy and physiology are discussed; however, no previous knowledge of these topics is necessary. Spring.

Campus 2 Credits
HW 105 Health and Wellness Concepts
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Explore foundational concepts and theories of health, wellness, and illness related to health promotion, disease prevention, and quality of life. Environmental, sociocultural, and economic factors that influence health practices are emphasized. Opportunities for health careers are also explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 212 Human Nutrition
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Focuses on principles of nutrition, alterations in nutrition, as well as clinical nutrition, and therapeutic diets. Concepts of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutritive needs, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Health issues related to excess or lack of nutrients will be explored. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 215 Fitness Theory and Practice
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Fundamental principles of physical fitness are utilized to provide fitness programs for individuals and groups. Skills are developed to assess personal fitness levels and to design pre and post intervention strategies. Techniques will be developed for improving cardiovascular circulation, flexibility, increased muscular strength, endurance training, and fitness adaptions for identified populations. (Two hours of didactic lecture and one two hour fitness lab per week). Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
HW 265 Community Health
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Examines concepts, theories, history, populations, and experiences related to community health issues and programs. Methods to assess community health will be demonstrated. Functions and responsibilities of health and wellness providers in various community health settings will be explored. Resources and services available within community will be identified. Development of networks to provide services in the community will be discussed. Fall.

Campus 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

HS 330 Human Services Techniques: Casework Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Techniques of human services practice and helping processes for individuals and families, with emphasis on system analysis, needs assessment, case planning, documentation, ethics, and the professional use of self in human services roles. Prerequisite: HS 311 (may be taken concurrently).

Campus & Online 3 Credits
HW 350 Health Education and Coaching
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Expectations of the career role as a community educator or health coach are examined. Teaching methods and approaches to wellness coaching are presented. Theories of motivation are analyzed for selected populations. Variations in the application are based on the demographics and learning style of participants. Skills are developed in small group exercises. Spring.

Campus 3 Credits
PS 365 Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Studies the psychological, biological and social aspects of alcoholism and other drug addictions with an introduction to group, individual and pharmacological treatment methods. Prerequisite: PS 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively utilizing written expression, verbal skills, and the use of media technology.
  • Acquire specific knowledge relevant to promoting holistic health and wellness.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and evidence-based findings to analyze current health and wellness trends.
  • Assess the health and wellness needs of individuals, communities, and populations.
  • Provide services through the design, utilization of resources, and evaluation of programs that promote health and wellness.
  • Display leadership and advocacy that promotes health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and uphold ethical standards related to the promotion of health and wellness.
Health and Wellness Career Paths

Health and Wellness students at The Woods emerge prepared to pursue health and wellness careers.

  • Health care navigator
  • Case manager
  • Personal health coach
  • Certified health education specialist
  • Community health educator
  • Health promotion and planning developer
  • Wellness promoter for businesses, colleges, or insurance companies.