Explore education of the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, occupational, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual.
Our Health and Wellness program prepares students for careers that promote optimal health and quality of life for all individuals. Beyond the absence of disease or illness, wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full human potential. As a multidimensional concept, wellness encompasses lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being and the environment.
Students explore the seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, occupational, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual) through the lens of the liberal arts from a variety of departments at the University. Students can articulate the benefit of physical activity, dietary choices, community engagement and spirituality to prevent chronic illness, promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and engage individuals in behavior change. Graduates will be able to serve others while understanding and addressing the factors responsible for health disparities in our communities.
The mission of the Health and Wellness major is to graduate highly skilled and well-equipped students for entry into professional practice or graduate study in health and wellness professional schools incorporating service learning and experiential practicum.
Students completing the Bachelors of Science in Health and wellness will be able to:
- Assess individual and community factors affecting health, well-being, and quality of life
- Design solutions to multi-faceted health and wellness problem using evidence based practices
- Develop a personal wellness philosophy, develop an on-going action plan, and serve as a role model to others
- Identify and communicate with governmental, for-profit and non-profit stakeholders seeking to improve population health
- Undertake advanced work in health and wellness industry, government agencies, graduate or professional school.
Health and wellness professionals work in a variety of settings and industries depending on their specialization area. Possible career choices include:
- Not-for-profit community agencies
- Case managers
- Health advocates
- Fitness and wellness centers
- Wellness coach, personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, group exercise instructor
- Small and large businesses
- Corporate wellness programming.
Graduates are well-prepared for admission to professional schools in the health sciences (occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, mental health counseling) with a strong foundation in the psychosocial and environmental determinants of health and health disparities.
All students are required to complete a minor in an area of specialization from the more than 30 minors offered at the Mount. Students are encouraged to consider a minor that suits their career interests and aligns with a specific dimension of wellness. For those interested in physical activity and exercise, consider the Exercise Science and Fitness minor. If you are considering graduate or professional school in the health sciences, you might consider a Biology minor. If interested in a career in healthcare administration, why not complete a business administration minor?
See the complete list of the minors offered at the Mount and their corresponding dimension of wellness.
All students studying health and wellness must complete a 200-hour practicum experience as a requirement for the major. Students have worked in partnership with the American Red Cross, Rural Metro EMS, Brown County Veterans Support Services, Mercy Healthplex Queen City, Mount St. Joseph University Athletics, the Better Business Bureau, St. William School Special Education, and Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center Division of Physical Therapy. Students have also gained co-op experiences with various community agencies including Good Samaritan Free Clinic-Price Hill, Working in Neighborhoods-South Cummingsville, and Bayley Adult Day Services.
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