Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness
Promote healthy lifestyles with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness from Ashford University. The demand for culturally competent health and wellness professionals remains strong as health care reform has led to a continued emphasis on disease prevention and wellness promotion, and as the elderly and multicultural populations continue to age and expand. Meet this need by developing your understanding of the human body in regard to health and disease, exercise, nutrition, and stress management. The Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness explores the dimensions of wellness and the relationship of chronic conditions to their preventive measures and treatment interventions. This degree can help you to promote health and wellness on an individual level by evaluating lifestyle factors and by developing personalized wellness programs that utilize evidenced-based theories and strategies.
What you will learn
Through a holistic perspective, you study the implications of positive and negative health practices impacting physical, social, occupational, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental health. You will examine major health risks and diseases affecting contemporary society, and explore the principal ways to promote health and wellness through lifestyle and behavioral change throughout the lifespan. Upon completion of your Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness degree program, you will be able to:
- Describe the function of the human body
- Examine chronic conditions and diseases
- Analyze lifestyle factors which affect health and wellness
- Assess the health and wellness status of individuals
- Develop personalized wellness programs using evidenced-based strategies
- Apply behavior change theories, motivational strategies, and counseling techniques to implementation plans of wellness programs
- Employ cultural competence in wellness programming
- Evaluate the effectiveness of wellness programs
Your Courses in Health and Wellness
Create healthy lifestyles with your Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness. Your online coursework includes nutrition, health program planning, and community health. You can also add a specialization to your degree to provide further focus to your studies.
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.
Major Course Requirements (37 credits, all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
Specializations in Health and Wellness
You may choose to delve into other areas of health and wellness when you add a specialization to your health and wellness degree program. A specialization consists of four (4) courses, three (3) credit courses. The Health and Wellness program offers a specialization in Health Care Informatics Systems.
Health Care Informatics Systems
BA in Health and Wellness
Class of 2017 graduate, Rachel Martinez, has found her calling. Combining her love of health and fitness with her desire to teach people, she became a group fitness instructor who then wanted to do more. She earned her BA in Health and Wellness and is now a wellness director where she oversees chronic disease, nutrition, and healthy aging programming. Learn more about Rachel's story and how her passion became her living.
Careers in Health and Wellness
When you complete your Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness degree, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background in healthy lifestyle behavioral counseling is a must. Take a look at your potential health and wellness career options.