The curriculum for the online UW Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management is designed and taught by the same UW faculty who teach on campus.
In this 36-credit master’s degree program, you will learn advanced techniques in wellness program management through eleven core courses (3 credits each), plus a capstone course (3 credits) taken during the final semester. There are no electives.
Courses are completed entirely online. Students in other UW Extended Campus degree programs often say the online format is a big factor in their ability to earn a degree. You can watch lectures, participate in online forums with your classmates, and do homework whenever it’s convenient for you—all course content is accessible online from any device. Learn more about our online learning format.
Course availability for the UW Health and Wellness Management program varies each fall, spring, and summer.
If you have questions regarding transfer of previous coursework from other degree programs, or if you are a current student, please consult with your campus adviser prior to registration.
HWM 700: Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives
In this course, students will examine health and wellness concepts and probe foundational thinking associated with the contemporary health and wellness field. Expectations and development of the wellness professional will be explored.
Prerequisite: Personal Health or Equivalent
HWM 705: Strategic Management for Wellness Managers
This course introduces students to management concepts to create strategic direction, and the role of leadership in setting strategy capable of meeting competitive challenges within the wellness industry. Topics include key management theories, role of stakeholders, issue identification, program evaluation, and business plan development.
HWM 710: Research Methods for Wellness Programs
This course covers research methods and designs relevant to wellness program managers. Students will be introduced to various research designs including experimental and nonexperimental, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. The course will focus on providing a practical understanding of several statistical tools used in wellness-related research.
Prerequisite: Elementary Statistics or Equivalent
HWM 715: Persuasion Skills for Wellness Managers
In this course, students will develop communication and persuasion skills, which are essential for wellness managers. Utilizing a variety of media and techniques, students will hone their communication skills. Students will apply key marketing concepts to mount effective marketing campaigns for their organization.
HWM 720: Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease
This course introduces students to the roles that physical activity and nutritional practices play in the prevention, management, and treatment of chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, COPD, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology or Human Biology or Equivalent
HWM 730: Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health
This course is a survey of the biological, psychological, and social-environmental aspects of wellness. Taking an applied focus, students will learn current theoretical and evidence-based approaches in psychology, integrative medicine, and behavioral economics that impact wellness.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology or Equivalent
HWM 740: Health Systems and Policy for Wellness Managers
This course provides information pertaining to the U.S. healthcare system with emphasis on health and wellness. It provides an overview of the major public and private stakeholders including public health, insurance, and healthcare providers. Participants will examine how health policy impacts the design and financing of wellness programs.
HWM 750: Planning and Evaluation for Wellness Managers
The purpose of this course is to examine planning and evaluation as interrelated, cyclical activities. Students will examine major activities and processes involved in planning and evaluating wellness programs.
Prerequisites: HWM 705: Strategic Management for Wellness Managers; and HWM 710: Research Methods for Wellness Programs
HWM 760: Wellness Law
This course introduces students to the legal and ethical environment of wellness management. Topics include the Affordable Care Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and HIPAA. Students will learn effective negotiation skills that can be used when dealing with contracts and vendors.
HWM 770: Behavior and Development in Organizations
In this course, students will study organizations, their members, and analyze why people and groups behave as they do. Processes and methods that improve behavior, effectiveness, and efficiency in organizational settings will be examined. The course will also cover various methods for assessing organizational behavior and change.
HWM 780: Best Practices and Emerging Issues in Wellness
In this course, students will study emerging trends, innovations, and best practices in the health and wellness industry with an emphasis on preventative healthcare. Students will investigate major health challenges, programs, and policies to determine the influence of social, economic, multicultural, and global pressures on successful wellness practices.
Prerequisites: HWM 700: Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives, HWM 705: Strategic Management for Wellness Managers, HWM 710: Research Methods for Wellness Programs, HWM 720: Exercise and Nutrition in Health and Disease, and HWM 730: Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health
HWM 790: Health and Wellness Management Capstone Course
This course provides a cohesive experience designed to synthesize and apply information from the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management curriculum. Students will complete an individual capstone experience that demonstrates thorough understanding of the knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary to be a successful health and wellness manager.
Prerequisites: HWM 780: Best Practices and Emerging Issues in Wellness
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