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Master of Science, Health Promotion and Wellness Management

Melinda Novik, Program Coordinator
Phone 417-836-3168

Program description

The Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management is a 36 hour interdisciplinary program. It is designed to provide preparation for students from diverse backgrounds in health, human services and business. The curriculum integrates managerial skills with behavioral psychology, health education and promotion, public health, contemporary health issues, and organizational theory. The result is a competency-based, multi-disciplinary academic preparation for professionals dedicated to assuming leadership and managerial positions within the health and wellness industry. Graduates have gone on to work in a number of different settings including universities, for-profit and non-profit organizations, health departments, community centers, fitness centers, hospitals and clinics and many more.

Curricular activities are complemented by research opportunities with our graduate faculty and in the community. Diverse practical opportunities are provided throughout the coursework, during the culminating research experiences and during the internship.

The Public Affairs mission (and the three pillars of Ethical Leadership, Cultural Competence and Community Engagement) is exemplified throughout the program coursework but put into practice for each student during the 6-credit/420 contact hour internship experience.

Entrance requirements

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale in undergraduate work. If undergraduate GPA is below a 3.20, student must score a combined 290 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. A two page maximum statement of professional experience, goals and research interest.
  4. Prerequisite courses: 12 hours. Students entering the program should have an undergraduate course in statistics, exercise physiology, introductory psychology, and business management. A student who does not meet these criteria, but who demonstrates outstanding potential, may be considered on the basis of individual merit and accepted on a probationary status.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Students may be accepted into the Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option are met. Once accepted, up to 12 credit hours of approved 600 and 700-level coursework may be counted toward both the bachelor's degree and the Master of Science degree programs. Students in other academic programs may be considered given they have completed the prerequisite courses and have met the GPA criteria.

The accelerated option allows students who are interested in health promotion and wellness management to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in three semesters and a summer rather than the typical four semesters and a summer. For more information and guidelines, contact the Health Promotion and Wellness Management program director.

Before enrolling in each course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and complete a Mixed Credit Form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Option

  1. Senior standing and an overall GPA of 3.2 or better.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate course in statistics or measurement and evaluation, exercise physiology, biomechanics, introductory psychology, and business management. A student who does not meet these criteria, but who demonstrates outstanding potential, may be considered on the basis of individual merit.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hours)

1. Required Core (15 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
KIN 700 Research Methods in Kinesiology 3 hrs
HLH 710 Introduction to Health Promotion and Wellness Management 3 hrs
HLH 750 Programming Approaches in Wellness/Health Promotion 3 hrs
HLH 760 Health Promotion Planning 3 hrs
KIN 705 Applied Statistics in Kinesiology 3 hrs

2. Choose from the following electives (9-10 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
KIN 752 Health Risk Identification and Management 3 hrs
KIN 650 Organization and Administration for Kinesiology Professionals 3 hrs
KIN 667 Physical and Leisure Activities for the Aging Adult 3 hrs
KIN 669 Health Appraisal and Exercise Testing Techniques 4 hrs
KIN 755 Fitness as Preventive Medicine 3 hrs
KIN 759 Contemporary Heath Problems 3 hrs
KIN 760 Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement 3 hrs
KIN 762 Applied Exercise Physiology 3 hrs
KIN 797 Graduate Seminar 1-3 hrs
HLH 682 Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals 3 hrs
REC 615 Risk Management for Recreation, Sport and Park Agencies 3 hrs
REC 623 Organization and Administration of Leisure Services 3 hrs
REC 651 Outdoor Leadership 3 hrs
MGT 600 Administrative, Organizational, and Operations Concepts for Managers 3 hrs
MGT 764 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
ECO 604/
HCM 604
Health Care Economics 3 hrs
COM 736 Concepts and Analysis of Communication in Organizations 3 hrs
PSY 718 Organizational Psychology 3 hrs

3. Internship (1-6 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
HLH 791 Wellness Internship 1-6 hrs

Supervised work in an approved health promotion education/promotion/care setting. As a culminating experience, the internship is crucial to the program. Students must complete a minimum of 420 contact hour and 6 credit hours.

The internship experience is an integral part of this major and should be planned (in consultation with the advisor) in advance of the semester in which the student desires to register for the experience.

4. Research (6 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
KIN 799* Thesis 6 hrs
OR the following two courses
KIN 795 Research Project 3 hrs
Completion of 700-level 3 hr course selected with Advisor 3 hrs

*If the student does not complete the thesis within 6 registered credits, the student will be required to maintain active enrollment in 1 credit hour/semester of KIN 799 until the thesis is completed or until the student has surpassed the eight-year period in which students are allowed to complete the degree.

5. Comprehensive Examination

A written comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.