Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Wellness

With the growing emphasis on preventative health care, new opportunities in the health care and wellness related industries are emerging every day. The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness at Kaplan University provides the relevant curriculum and broad perspective to prepare students for careers in this rewarding field.

Professionals with knowledge and training in health and wellness provide support, encouragement, and education to help people live healthier lives and prevent illness or injury. If you would like to broaden your knowledge and skills with a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness, then our online Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness may be just the program for you.

Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Program Highlights

In this program you will explore various approaches to health and wellness and study the concepts, values, and applications of this exciting field of health science. Your coursework will focus on:

  • Evaluating the scientific literature and research in wellness, prevention, and complementary health care
  • Discovering how to use your knowledge to educate individuals and communities
  • Developing the administrative, ethical, and professional skills for leadership positions throughout the
    health care field
  • Completing an original comprehensive capstone project that demonstrates your ability to apply your health and wellness knowledge and skills to real-world scenarios

Fast Track to Your Degree

Students enrolled in a School of Health Sciences bachelor’s degree program can choose to complete an accelerated master’s degree option. Designed for high-potential undergraduate students interested in earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, the accelerated option allows you to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing up to five core courses in one of the following programs:

If you successfully complete these courses with a minimum course grade, and have applied and been accepted to the applicable Kaplan University master’s degree program, you will enter a shortened version of the master’s degree program.

The accelerated option allows you to earn your Kaplan University bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at a faster pace and lower cost than completing each degree separately. Qualification for the accelerated master’s degree options are subject to eligibility requirements. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What Are the Career Opportunities?

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program is designed to provide you with a solid foundation for careers in traditional health settings such as hospitals, private medical offices, and public health agencies. In addition, opportunities may exist in newly emerging preventive health services in corporate wellness centers, college health services, insurance agencies, or pharmaceutical companies. Demand for health educators is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations due to the rising cost of health care and efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle to avoid costly medical treatments.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

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    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 60

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • EF 310: CURRENT TRENDS IN EXERCISE AND FITNESS—AGING WELL ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Change

      This course focuses on the issues in exercise and fitness that each major age group encounters in society today. Students learn the unique challenges that senior adults, middle-aged and younger adults, and children and adolescents are confronted with, as well as the sociological, psychological, and economic factors that can impact favorable outcomes. Motivational strategies, techniques, and plans for designing age-appropriate exercise and fitness programs will be discussed and practiced, and current research in models of exercise and fitness programs in community- and corporate-based settings will be studied and evaluated for effectiveness.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 310: COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Change

      This course explores the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), becoming familiar with the variety of professions that comprise it, and their major concepts, methodological approaches, and theoretical foundations. You will investigate the multifaceted meaning of the term “holistic” and investigate how each CAM profession uniquely describes itself in light of this. Current research will be explored, including the impact of the National Institute of Health’s CAM division.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 315: MODELS FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS Change

      This course introduces the concepts of health, healing, and wellness from a broad historical and multicultural perspective. You will investigate how changing ideas about religion, philosophy, science, and psychology have influenced our understanding of health, and how the practice of medicine continues to be affected by global, social, and economic pressures. Contemporary models of health and wellness will be illustrated by drawing upon selected writings from each major proponent, and you will undertake the development of an original model of health and wellness based on an understanding of and sensitivity to current geopolitical and multicultural issues.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 320: CONTEMPORARY DIET AND NUTRITION Change

      This course explores current dietary trends and examines the role geopolitical and economic forces have on our day-to-day food choices. The impact of the globalization of world food markets will be investigated, as will the ongoing controversies of genetic engineering, food-borne illnesses, and the organic food movement. The spectrum of popular diets and their advocates and critics will be discussed along with the current scientific research available for each. Students will reflect on the diversity of food choices, prohibitions, and taboos that exist within our multicultural and multiethnic communities, with an eye toward increasing awareness and sensitivity.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 410: STRESS—CRITICAL ISSUES IN MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION Change

      This in-depth course offers students a detailed look at the extensive research and practical approaches for identification, management, and prevention of stress. The health consequences of stress—physiological and psychological—will be discussed as well as the sociological and economic effects of untreated stress on society as a whole. Current approaches to stress reduction and prevention will be illustrated including mind/body therapies that have shown remarkable rates of success. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 420: CREATING WELLNESS—PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF HEALING Change

      In this course, students explore the burgeoning fields of meditation, “mindfulness,” and transpersonal psychology in theory and practice. Students will assess the role of personal mindset toward self and others as a foundation for wellness and appraise the impact of positive/negative relationships in maintaining good health. A wide array of source material will be studied, including current research, and the shifting paradigms of curing, healing, and wholeness will be investigated.
       

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HW 425: HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMMING—DESIGN AND ADMINISTRATION Change

      This course acquaints students with the components and essential design elements of comprehensive health and wellness programming. Students will create programs for community and corporate settings, learning to identify key constituents and the diversity of funding sources both public and private. Instruments for measuring outcomes will be discussed for both short- and long-term programs as well as the essential administrative tasks, functions, and responsibilities required for successful results. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • 100/200/300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      12

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
    • HW 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS Change

      This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term

  • Open Elective

    Total Open Elective Credits: 87

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • OPEN ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      87

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
      Eligible students who choose to complete the accelerated Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Science in Health Education or Master of Public Health option will take up to five graduate-level courses in addition to selected undergraduate elective.

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Health Educators and Community Health Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Health-educators.htm.National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.