Curriculum: Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management

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The curriculum of the MS Health and Wellness Management focuses broadly on preparing professionals to improve and support health and wellness in the U.S. through implementation of evidence-based strategies for behavior change and mobilization of solutions for preventing chronic disease.

The program consists of 18 core credits which incorporate both wellness leadership and management content necessary to sit for both certification exams. The remaining 12 elective credits are self-selected by the student based on their specific areas of interest. Electives can be applied to graduate certificates if desired (Leadership and Management, or Telehealth as examples). Upon completion of all coursework, students will be required to sit for and pass a qualifying examination prior to graduation.

Graduates will be prepared to pursue the Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) credential through the National Wellness Institute (NWI) and the National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) credential once full program-approval is granted.

Innovative Wellness Leadership

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the major leadership theories and concepts of innovation and apply them within the context of leading health and wellness programs and organizations. Students will also gain an understanding of how to establish collaborative relationships within and across key stakeholders and interdisciplinary teams to promote sustainable health and wellness practices that meet long-term personal, organizational, and/or community goals.

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health

Course content will include concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems. Emphasis will be given to common theories and models of behavioral and social sciences that are used in health promotion such asplanning models, health belief model, transtheoretical model, theory of reasoned action,theory of planned behavior, theories of stress andcoping, social cognitive theory, social marketing,diffusion of innovations, and Freirian model of adult education.

Wellness and Chronic Disease

This course is designed to provide the student with an overview and understanding of modern public health approaches aimed at preventing and managing major lifestyle chronic diseases. An emphasis will be placed on identifying risk factors, commonly used biometric measures, and current lifestyle recommendations for optimizing health and wellness. Course will focus on leading chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and dyslipidemia.

Evidence-Based Practice and Interpreting Research in Health and Wellness

This course provides an introduction to evidence-based practice in health and wellness. This includes the ability to interpret best evidence from well-designed research studies, in addition to incorporating client values/preferences and professional experience, in approaching the prevention or management of disease. Students will learn to ask focused questions, analyze existing guidelines, critically analyze and synthesize relevant research, and integrate evidence into practice.

Culture, Equity, and Vulnerable Population Health

This course aims to sensitize students to forces shaping health and disease in multicultural societies and to raise students' level of awareness of health issues specific to minority populations. The course also provides practical experience in assessing health indicators for vulnerable populations and applying public health education principles to selected population needs.

Health and Wellness Coaching

This skills-based course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical application of health and wellness coaching for behavior change in a variety of settings. Topics include building rapport, effective coach-to-client communication techniques, screening and assessment, motivational interviewing, legal considerations of the profession, and professional scope of practice of the health coach.

Leadership and Organizations

This course focuses on concepts and applications related to organizations and the individuals who design and work within them. The goal of the course is to help you better understand and practice individual and organizational management.We will cover micro-level issues (e.g., individual differences and motivation), mid-level issues (e.g., leadership, groups and teams), and macro-level issues (e.g., organizational culture and structure). By focusing on concepts, applications and issues, you will be better able to see and understand organizational phenomena that you might now take for granted. This course will also help increase your understanding of yourself and others so that you can be more effective in the organizations in which you manage and participate.

Human Resource Management

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of human resource practices and strategies for the general manager. The focus of the class is not on the technical practices carried out by the HRM function (such as developing compensation systems or designing training programs), but rather on those HRM-related practices that managers carry out on a day-to-day basis (hiring new employees, providing performance feedback, etc.). A second focus will be on examining these practices from a strategic perspective, in order to understand their impact on employee performance and, ultimately, organizational outcomes.

Community Organization and Program Management

The purpose of this course is to enable students to 1) utilize effective leadership and management skills to organize communities and to plan, implement, evaluate and manage health promotion and education programs within communities; 2) empower individuals within a community to take action; and 3) develop and maintain coalitions when needed.

Leadership Theory for Healthcare

This course combines leadership theory and practice by blending discussion of research and theory with practical suggestions for improving leadership effectiveness in the health care environment. Topics include leadership and communication styles, various approaches to leadership, sources of power, and the key to successful influence in leadership. Public, group, organizational, and team leadership will be discussed along with an overview of the four-frame model.

Science and Practice of Mind Body Medicine

Students will experientially explore commonly used mind-body modalities including mindfulness, guided imagery, breathwork, yoga, etc., which enhance stress management and promote overall wellness. This course provides an evidence-base and indication for use of mind-body techniques in a personal and professional/clinical setting. Graduate students will further develop their skills focusing on science by choosing one mind/body modality to research in more depth and propose a pilot research project – i.e. guided imagery as it relates to pre and postsurgical outcomes.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based person-centered counseling practice for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about behavior change. Students in this course will learn how to describe and apply principles and techniques of MIto a wide range of behaviors (e.g.,smoking cessation, weight loss and medication adherence) across various settings (e.g., addiction treatment centers, hospitals and schools).

Telehealth Innovation and Delivery Models

This course will explore the use of telehealth in numerous healthcare settings. It will introduce the student to a variety of telehealth devices and different care delivery models. Students will learn about the strategic and operational components to be considered when establishing a telehealth delivery system in various geographical locations and healthcare and community settings.

Grant Writing and Resource Development

The purpose of this course is to investigate sources of grant funding at the federal, state, and local level. Another primary purpose is examine grant announcements, RFPs (Request for Proposals), and example grant proposals. Students will also practice developing a grant proposal.

Stress Reduction

This is a stress reduction course that focuses on techniques for stress reduction and their application. Students are exposed to techniques for relaxation, effective communication, managing anger, reducing anxiety, physical activity/exercise, healthy nutrition, and efficient time management. Graduate students plan,implement, and evaluate a stress reduction program in family, school, community, worksite, or patient care setting.

Women's Health Issues

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of various physical, mental and emotionalhealth issues either unique to women or that affect women differently than men and to enable students to examine how the US health care system, politics, society and the media may impact and/or influence the health of women.

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