Course Information

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.

You are required to take each of the 20 health and wellness courses in the curriculum, plus the capstone. Because of the unique nature of the program, other courses may not be substituted for courses in the curriculum, and there are no electives.

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 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): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health or concurrent enrollment

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): UW Colleges ENG 102 Composition II or equivalent

HWM 330: Survey of Information Technology in Wellness

This course is designed to (1) provide students with an overview of the 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 and digital health coaching, online challenges, gaming, social networking (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, You Tube, etc.), 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.

HWM 340: 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

HWM 350: Applied Research Methods

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. Also it provides the tools for critically evaluating the validity of health research.
Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges Eng 102 Composition II or equivalent

HWM 360: Stress and Dependencies and Addictions

Examine 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, UW Colleges ENG 102 Composition II or equivalent and UW Colleges PSY 202 Intro to Psychology or equivalent

HWM 370: Health Behavior/Understanding and Effecting Change

Understanding how change happens. Basic knowledge and understanding of foundational change theories, based upon the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model. Included is a reflection on one’s personal wellness and strategies for implementing health behavior change.
Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges PSY 202 Intro to Psychology or equivalent; HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 380: Environmental Health

This course examines the interdisciplinary and global effects of human-environment relationships. Emphasis is placed on the critical nature of the relationship between ecosystem health and human health and well-being. Environmental politics, economics, global disease, and traditional environmental health topics are considered for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all people through the creation of a sustainable society.
Prerequisite(s): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent; HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 390: Marketing and Communication for Health and Wellness

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): UW Colleges COM 103 Introduction to Public Speaking or equivalent; UW Colleges PSY 202 Introductory Psychology or equivalent; HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health; HWM 310 Changes Across the Lifespan

HWM 400: Health Resource Management

The objective of this course is to examine the issues in health care and defining the quality of care in healthcare programs. The course will focus on healthcare financing and insurance, objectives of financial management, leadership styles, managing costs, and managing healthcare professionals.
Prerequisite(s): None

HWM 410: Applied Anatomy and Fitness Principles

This course presents a hybrid of disciplines which examines the anatomical structures that facilitate movement and a very basic review of the energy systems and principles which support these structures, along with training approaches that stimulate them to become more efficient.
Prerequisite(s): HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health

HWM 420: 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): UW Colleges BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or equivalent; HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health; HWM 320 Health and Medical Terminology

HWM 430: Population Health

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; HWM 310 Changes Across the Lifespan; HWM 340 The Wellness Profession

HWM 440: Health and Wellness Coaching

Definition of coaching and diverse methodologies will be taught, practiced, compared, and contrasted. 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. Students will specifically gain an understanding of what treatment, 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): UW Colleges PSY 202 Introductory Psychology or equivalent; HWM 300 Introduction to Human Health; HWM 310 Changes Across the Lifespan

HWM 450: Medical Ethics/Policy

This course will explore moral values and judgments as they apply to medicine. Discussion will involve ethical principles that govern the practice of medicine as well as the ethical theories that form the basis of ethical argument.
Prerequisite(s): HWM 310 Changes Across the Lifespan; HWM 340 The Wellness Professional

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 health care, wellness and fitness programs on various organizations is an objective of this course.
Prerequisite(s): HWM 400 Resource Management

HWM 470: Assessment and Evaluation

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 350 Applied Research Methods; HWM 430 Population Health

HWM 480: Health Benefits and Plan Providers

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 how to integrate successful return on investment (ROI) strategies for adopting preventive health benefits that enhance employees well-being.
Prerequisite(s): HWM 320 Health and Medical Terminology; HWM 350 Applied Research Methods; HWM 400 Resource Management; HWM 430 Population Health

HWM 490: Employee Health and Well-Being

What successful companies are doing is reviewed in case studies to provide the groundwork for the importance of workplace involvement in health. The relationship of employee health to healthcare costs and productivity will be calculated as return on investment (ROI) and investment in human capital. Strategic and product management planning are developed in relationship to disease management versus population wellness theory. Assessment 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 320 Health and Medical Terminology; HWM 400 Resource Management; HWM 430 Population Health; HWM 450 Medical Ethics/Medical Policy

HWM 495: Capstone

This course explores the theory and dynamics of interprofessional and team practice in health and wellness management and within the context of projects undertaken in corporate setting. Work may involve all phases of project development. Project setup will be jointly done by the student, site mentor/sponsor, and the course faculty.
Prerequisite(s): Senior status and consent of the instructor

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