The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health and Community Wellness prepares candidates to work in health and wellness settings. The mission of the health and community wellness program is to provide high-quality professionals for employment in worksites such as fitness centers, hospitals, corporations, schools, and many other settings around the nation. Through program courses and service-learning experience, candidates are prepared to help people, organizations, and communities change lifestyle behaviors with the goal of moving toward a state of improved health, resulting in decreases of chronic disease and health care costs.

Students have the option of taking 15 credit hours of electives or choosing to minor in one of several fields including Biology, Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Psychology, Sociology, and other approved minors.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Overview

    The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health and Community Wellness prepares candidates to work in health and wellness settings. The mission of the health and community wellness program is to provide high-quality professionals for employment in worksites such as fitness centers, hospitals, corporations, schools, and many other settings around the nation. Through program courses and service-learning experience, candidates are prepared to help people, organizations, and communities change lifestyle behaviors with the goal of moving toward a state of improved health, resulting in decreases of chronic disease and health care costs.

    Students have the option of taking 15 credit hours of electives or choosing to minor in one of several fields including Biology, Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Psychology, Sociology, and other approved minors.

    Program Description

    The Health and Community Wellness program consists of 120 required credit hours and built to prepare graduates for a diversity of occupations demanded by the recent explosion in the health industry. The B.S. degree with a major in Health and Community Wellness will:
    • provide an educated workforce who are prepared for the wide range of career options in the health and wellness industry.
    • provide a curriculum offering a broad scope of preparation across disciplines in worksite wellness, personal training, health education, and public health.
    • provide flexibility of coursework to allow students to customize their program in preparation for advanced (graduate) study in a related field of interest.
    • contribute to the health and wellness of citizens working and living in Georgia, through a highly skilled workforce.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Classes are delivered in both face to face and distance learning formats using the latest research and methodologies, with face to face being the predominate method of delivery.  All classes will be technology enhanced.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 120
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 0*
    *No credits can be transferred

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    This describes the general course work required for this program.

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    General

    • CMWL-2100 - Intro to Health and Community Wellness

      This undergraduate course is an introduction to the Health and Community Wellness degree. Through this course, students will discover the many aspects of an undergraduate degree in Health and Community Wellness, including an overview of the classes required, current and future opportunities available with a degree in this field, the potential opportunities, certifications, and work experiences which students can pursue.

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    • CMWL-3100 - Lifespan Development

      This undergraduate course is a study of human growth and development from birth through aging and death. The course focuses on areas of physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the biological being interacting with the environment. The course will study factors affecting these changes within historical, multicultural, and societal perspectives.

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    • MATH-2063 - Introductory Statistics

      (Non-credit for mathematics major or minor). A non-calculus based introduction to methods of descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, and other fundamental concepts or statistics. variance will be covered. Appropriate technology, a graphing calculator or statistical software package, will be used.

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    • PHED-2000 - App Con of Fitness & Wellness

      This undergraduate course is designed to develop skills and knowledge related to physical activity and physical fitness. Assessment labs for the five health-related fitness components will be included in this course. In addition, this course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge in the area of personal wellness, including nutrition, stress management, chronic diseases, and planning for and implementing a healthy lifestyle change.

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    • PHED-2603 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I

      This course focuses on descriptive human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems of the human body. The course provides in- depth analysis of the major bones, muscles and nerves used in a variety of movement activities. For physical education majors only.

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    • PHED-2604 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

      Course focuses on descriptive human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and endocrine systems of the human body. This course provides an in-depth analysis of the processes of respiration, heart function, breakdown and absorption of nutrients and the integration of these processes within the human body. For Physical Education majors only.

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    • PHED-2628 - First Aid and CPR for Education Majors

      For Education majors only. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to respond in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Specific school based situations relating to child injuries and emergencies will be addressed. Certification in CPR and First Aid is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Students must make a grade of C or better in order to use the course in Area F.

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    • PHED-2685 - Special Topics in Physical Education

      Titles and descriptions of specific courses will be specified at time of offering. May be repeated for credit. Requires approval of department chair.

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    • PHED-3210 - Healthy Eating and Nutrition

      This undergraduate course provides healthy eating and nutrition principles for fitness and wellness professionals. The course helps students understand the role of nutrition in improving health and applying these ideas to establish healthy SMART goals and eating plans. A review of current eating habits and patterns using nationally recommended dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment tools will be covered. Course topics include the relationship between nutrition and various diseases, use of dietary supplementation, and nutrition for improved sport and fitness performance.

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    • PHED-3220 - Health Promotion, Education, and Program Evaluation

      This undergraduate course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the practical and theoretical skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings. The course helps students develop a health education program, work through examples and activities for program planning application, and review the essential tools for effective practices in health promotion, education, and evaluation.

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    • PHED-3230 - Exercise Leadership

      This undergraduate course provides students with leadership skills and experience that directly apply to fitness programs. Topics include current trends in group exercise formats, exercise program design and implementation, methods of intensity monitoring, exercise risk factors, safety issues as they relate to proper alignment and technique, evaluation of existing programs and basic business practices, and professional certifications and educational organizations in group fitness instruction.

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    • PHED-3240 - Current Issues and Trends in Fitness and Wellness Leadership

      This undergraduate course gives students an overview of the current issues and trends in the health, fitness, and wellness industry, by providing quality opportunities for gaining in-depth knowledge of the most relevant topics impacting the field. The course specifically highlights career opportunities and code of conduct for professionals, legal issues and responsibilities, working with special populations, nutrition and weight control, fitness and wellness promotion, current certifications, healthcare, and the business of the industry. Additional content may vary based on recent trends related to epidemiology, exercise and aging, psychology of health and fitness, program adherence, research methods, exercise prescription and assessment, consumer choices, and sport concerns.

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    • PHED-3401 - Integrating Technology into Health and Physical Education

      This course concentrates on ways to integrate technology into the health and physical education curriculum. Students will utilize the latest in technology to enhance instruction in the gym. Students will build on their basic computer skills and develop instructional proficiency in the following areas: (1) Georgia's Performance Standards for Curriculum, (2) Integration of Modem and Emerging Technologies into Instructional Practice, (3) Classroom Management in the Classroom and the Gymnasium, (4) New Designs for Teaching and Learning, and (5) Enhanced Pedagogical Practices. This course satisfies the Georgia Special Technology Requirement. Laboratory experiences will be included in the course. Requires a minimum of 9 hours of upper education course work.

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    • PHED-4501 - Contemporary Health Issues

      This course focuses on the incidence, prevalence, distribution, and preventative measures of disease acquisition and other factors relating to health. Topics include but are not limited to the following: health-related fitness; obesity; nutrition and dieting; chronic and communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, HIV/AIDS, stress and depressions, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.); and how the environment influences human health and disease (air, water and soil, and also all the physical, chemical, biological and social features of our surroundings).

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    • PHED-4603 - Advanced Concepts of Personal Training

      This class focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. In depth analysis of the responses of the respiratory and circulatory systems will be a major focus. Laboratory activities include data collection and analysis of a variety of physiological processes.

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    • PSYC-1101 - Introduction to General Psychology

      A broad survey of the major topics in psychology including, but not limited to, research methodology, biological and social factors influencing behavior, development, learning, memory, personality and abnormal.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    The proposed criteria for admissions include the following:

    • Academic status at the University of West Georgia in good standing
    • Minimum GPA of 2.0

    Application Deadlines

    For more information see: UWG Admission Deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).

    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here

    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide
      Undergraduate Application
      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee

    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

    7. Check the status of your application

    8. For more information go to UWG Admission Deadlines

    Contact

    For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Health and Community Wellness, contact Bridgette A. Stewart, M.Ed (Program Coordinator) at 678-839-6192 or email at bstewart@westga.edu

    Advisement information: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives

    Program Goals/Objectives:

    The B.S. degree with a major in Health and Community Wellness will:

    • provide an educated workforce who are prepared for the wide range of career options in the health and wellness industry.
    • provide an interdisciplinary curriculum offering a broad scope of preparation across disciplines in counseling, physical education, health and special education.
    • provide flexibility of coursework to allow students to customize their program in preparation for advanced (graduate) study in a related field of interest.
    • contribute to the health and wellness of citizens working and living in Georgia, through a highly skilled workforce.

    Student learning outcomes:

    • Students will be able to identify and evaluate various social problems within the community and take on leadership roles to develop and implement behavior modification techniques and other effective healthy solutions
    • Students will have the foundational knowledge of human anatomy, lifespan development, and educational psychology needed to be successful in a community education and care or fitness and wellness leadership profession
    • Students who select the Community Education and Care concentration will be able to design and conduct program evaluations in a variety of diverse community settings and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and provide supportive educational, social, communicative, and literacy-based interventions
    • Students who select the Fitness and Wellness Leadership concentration will have the foundational knowledge of healthy eating, nutrition, personal training and exercise needed to conduct program evaluations and implement effective fitness and wellness interventions in both public and private sectors