Health Promotion and Wellness Management

Graduate programs

Master of Science, Health Promotion and Wellness Management

Melinda Novik, Program Coordinator
Phone 836-3168;

Program description

The Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management is a 36-37 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 scientific and clinical knowledge of preventive medicine, behavioral psychology, health care economics, 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.  Students are prepared for careers as managers and program development specialists/educators of health and wellness programs in hospital or corporate-based wellness settings, health maintenance organizations, governmental agencies, educational institutions, private fitness clubs, sports medicine facilities, and volunteer agencies.

Curricular activities are complemented by research opportunities in the well-equipped exercise science laboratory.  Diverse practical experience opportunities are provided in conjunction with the campus wellness initiative directed by the Health Education Coordinator in Magers Health Center and with the expanding clinical and community facilities in the Springfield metropolitan area.

The Public Affairs mission (and the three pillars of Ethical Leadership, Cultural Competence and Community Engagement) are 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 enrolled in programs housed in the Kinesiology Department 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 of Science/Bachelor of Science in Education and the Master of Science degree programs. 

The accelerated option allows majors in the Department of Kinesiology 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 in the Kinesiology Department.

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
HLH 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 752 Health Risk Identification and Management 3 hrs
HLH 760 Health Promotion Planning 3 hrs

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

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
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 682 Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals 3 hrs
KIN 705 Applied Statistics in Kinesiology 3 hrs
KIN 737 Curriculum Designs in Physical Education 3 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
KIN 781 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 3 hrs
MGT 600 Administrative, Organizational, and Operations Concepts for Managers 3 hrs
PLS 651 Administrative Law 3 hrs
ECO 604/
HCM 604
Health Care Economics OR  
COM 736 Concepts and Analysis of Communication in Organizations OR  
MGT 764 Organizational Behavior OR  
PSY 718 Organizational Psychology 3 hrs

3.    Internship

HLH 791 Wellness Internship                                 1-6  hrs

Supervised work in an approved health promotion/ health care setting.  As a culminating experience, the internship is crucial to the Program.  Students must complete a minimum of 400-600 clinical hours.

The intern experience (HLH 791) 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. 

Application deadlines for HLH 791 are as follows: Fall - March 1; Spring - September 1; Summer - January 1. Applications are available from, and are to be returned to, the graduate coordinator.

4.    Research

KIN 799  Thesis  OR                                                   6 hrs (hours may be divided over 2 semesters)
KIN 795  Research Project                                         3 hrs
PLUS Completion of 700-level 3 hr course
selected with Advisor                                                    3 hrs

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