Course Information for Fall 2015 and Beyond

Because UW Health and Wellness Management courses are fully online, all course content, from multimedia lectures and e-learning tools to homework assignments, will be delivered to you through the program’s online learning management system. You can study and do homework whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you.

Students are required to take each of the 19 health and wellness courses in the curriculum, plus the Capstone. Due to the unique nature of the program, courses from other degree programs may not transfer in directly for HWM courses.  Only your advisor can determine how previous coursework might satisfy HWM requirements.

Current students should refer to the Transition Advising form and consult with their campus adviser about setting up their academic plan/schedule prior to registration.

HWM 300: Introduction to Human Health

This course is designed to provide students with general background knowledge on many of the issues impacting our health today. Topics of study will include issues in mental, physical and social health such as stress, nutrition and fitness, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, relationships and sexuality and diseases and disorders. An introduction to behavior change theories and the factors contributing to overall wellness will also be included.

Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent

HWM 305: The Wellness Profession

This course explores the definition of wellness, health promotion, and the seven dimensions model of wellness. Students will learn the professional role and personal commitment required to implement life-style wellness programs. The course includes an overview of the history and philosophy contributing to the success of wellness and health promotion professionals. Students learn through assigned experiential learning the basic wellness principles. Activities explore personal wellness and whole systems healing in the seven dimensions of spiritual, physical, emotional, career, intellectual, environmental, and social.

Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology or equivalent

HWM 310: Changes Across the Lifespan

This course explores research and theory regarding the nature and processes of human development from early adulthood through old age and death. Key topics include biological theories of aging, the changing body, disorders of the brain, personality development, changing memory and thinking skills, relationship issues, careers and retirement, and death/dying.

Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent

HWM 315: Resource Management for Wellness Managers

The objective of this course is to examine the issues in healthcare and defining the quality of care in healthcare programs. The course will focus on health care financing and insurance, objectives of financial management, leadership styles, managing costs, and managing healthcare professionals.

Prerequisite(s): none

HWM 320: Health and Medical Terminology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic terminology used in health and medical settings. Although most wellness settings are not inclusive of a medical center or clinical setting, often the clients are participating in a program because of a visit to a medical setting. Since health care uses a unique blend of prefixes, suffixes, and terms related to both preventative and clinical care, it is important that the wellness professional has the knowledge and abilities to decipher this information. Emphasis will be placed on the systems that a wellness professional will most likely be exposed to including cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular skeletal, and nervous systems.

Prerequisite(s): none

HWM 325: Health Literacy

This course will explore the current understandings and work in health literacy research, advocacy, and outreach efforts across the various health education and related fields. It will include readings, discussions, and competencies in evaluating health information for quality and credibility; locating health information and determining quality resources; identifying and assessing population health literacy; and understanding the networks of agencies working in health settings to address literacy in the health field.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 335: Worksite Health Environment

This course examines the workplace environment’s influence on daily health decisions and focuses on practical, contextual levers of behavioral change.  Novel insights from the fields of behavioral economics and consumer marketing will be reviewed to help students understand the cognitive barriers to health behavior change and the environmental “nudges” that can be leveraged to overcome these barriers at work. Students will explore environmental assessment tools, active design principles, workplace policies, supportive research and real world examples.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 345: Physical Activity and Nutrition for Wellness Managers

This course presents professional recommendations and guidelines for physical activity and nutrition. Students will design workplace strategies that will meet recommendations and guidelines to support employees.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 350: Research and Statistics for Wellness Managers

This course is designed to familiarize students with research nomenclature, procedures for the design and evaluation of research, and interpretation of statistical analysis in the health field. This course will also provide the tools for critically evaluating the validity of health research.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 305 The Wellness Profession

HWM 360: Stress Dependencies and Addictions

This course examines common behavioral strategies with regard to stress and its management and the use of alternative remedies for physical and emotional dependencies and addictions.

Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent and UW Colleges PSY 202 Intro to Psychology or equivalent

HWM 370: Understanding and Effecting Health Behavior Change

This course provides the basic knowledge of foundational change theories, including the Transtheoretical Stages of Change model, in order to help students understand how health behavior change happens. Included in the course is a self-reflection on personal wellness and strategies for implementing health behavior change.

Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges PSY 202 Intro to Psychology or equivalent and HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 385: Marketing and Communication for Wellness Managers

Students will develop basic marketing and promotional skills grounded in the disciplines of social marketing, health communication, and business marketing that address consumer health “needs” and customer “wants.” Students will be able to assess market opportunities in wellness services, programs, and facilities, and create marketing strategies and tactics. Emphases will be placed on best practices for behavior change, increased cost savings for employers, improved customer/employee participation, and/or revenues for wellness programs, services and facilities.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 305 The Wellness Profession and HWM 325 Health Literacy

HWM 405: Survey of Information Technology in Wellness

This course is designed to (1) provide students with an overview of various information technology products and mediums impacting the wellness industry, such as (but not limited to): web portals, online health risk assessments, interactive health tools, trackers, videos/podcasts, telephone & digital health coaching, online challenges, social networking, electronic medical records, personal health records, electronic Health (eHealth), mobile Health (mHealth), mobile applications, and portable tracking devices (e.g., pedometers, glucose monitors, etc.); and (2) provide students with the information and resources needed to assess, create and/or select appropriate technologies and vendors.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 325 Health Literacy, HWM 335 Worksite Health Environment and HWM 385 Marketing and Communications for Wellness Managers

HWM 430: Population Health for Wellness Managers

This course introduces the evolution of health problems and services and will examine the methods designed to capture a community health profile. The participant will apply concepts involved in measuring and understanding the health of individuals and populations in order to enhance quality of life. The key social determinants of wellness and their interactions will be considered.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health and HWM 350 Research and Statistics for Wellness Managers

HWM 460: Leadership and Change Management in Health

This course will examine the various leadership and management styles, including business models of leadership. Organizational behavior, decision-making, and attributes of effective leadership will be reviewed in this course. Understanding the impact of changes in healthcare, wellness and fitness programs on various organizations is an objective of this course.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 315 Resource Management for Wellness Managers

HWM 470: Assessment and Evaluation for Wellness Managers

This course surveys general approaches to assessment, programming, and evaluation in health and wellness settings. Participants will explore individual, group, and organizational approaches to assessment, programming, and evaluating planned and organized efforts to promote both health and wellness.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 335 Worksite Health Environment and HWM 430 Population Health for Wellness Managers

HWM 475: Employee Health and Wellbeing

Successful companies must understand the importance of workplace involvement in health. The relationship of employee health to healthcare costs and productivity will be discussed as a return on investment (ROI) and an investment in human capital. Strategic and product management planning are developed in relationship to disease management versus population wellness theory. Assessments of employer needs, organizational culture, environmental policy, and procedures supportive to desired outcomes are practiced. Professionals learn about aligning client needs and wants with best practice program design, implementation, and evaluation for successful results. Age, gender, race, and issues that affect participation in wellness programs are reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 385 Marketing and Communications for Wellness Managers

HWM 480: Employee Benefits for Wellness Managers

The design and administration of a healthcare plan plays a key role in attracting and retaining employees and implementing employer’s cost savings. This course is designed to provide students with a solid introduction to the basic issues of healthcare benefits and teach students how to integrate successful return on investment (ROI) strategies for adopting preventive health benefits that enhance employees’ well-being.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 315 Resource Management for Wellness Managers

HWM 485: Health Coaching for Wellness Managers

The course will assist in developing a strong, useful theoretical viewpoint for health coaching as well as understanding the approaches of therapists and how differential treatment therapeutic goals are set. The definition of coaching and diverse methodologies will be taught, practiced, compared, and contrasted.  Students will specifically gain an understanding of what treatment and by whom is most effective for individuals displaying specific problems and under what set of circumstances. As a result students will learn a variety of treatment modalities and learn to respect vastly differing worldviews.

Prerequisite(s): HWM 305 The Wellness Profession and HWM 370 Understanding and Effecting Health Behavior Change

HWM 496: Health and Wellness Capstone

Using a case study, students will create the essential components of a strategic plan for a comprehensive corporate wellness program. Students will present their strategic plan and also engage in fieldwork placement (minimum 100 hours) in their communities to gain experience in health and wellness management.

*Grading is pass/fail

Prerequisite(s): HWM 460 Leadership and Change Management in Health, HWM 470 Assessment and Evaluation for Wellness Managers, HWM 475 Employee Health and Well Being and HWM 480 Employee Benefits for Wellness Managers

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