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Wellness & Health Promotion Practice

Bachelor of Arts

Top 3%

Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation

- U.S. News & World Report, 2024

The only
degree of its kind
in the Southwest.

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

There are three areas of emphasis in the online Bachelor of Arts in Wellness & Health Promotion Practice: Health Education, Health and Wellness and Aging and Population Health.

The BA in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice develops knowledge, ethics and skills to provide professional service and interventions to culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations. You will walk away with the tools to promote healthy behaviors, healthy lifestyles and a holistic approach to wellness among diverse populations and in a variety of settings.

With a growing emphasis on health promotion and preventative care, new opportunities in wellness-related industries are emerging at a fast pace. Our experiential learning model combines classroom study with practical, hands-on experience. This will enable you to put knowledge into practice and gain the competitive edge you need to advance your career.

The program may involve face-to-face activities during the practicum and internship experiential experiences.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

You must complete 120 credits to complete this program. Each elective emphasis track consists of 15 credits. The core curriculum for this program includes:

HPS 178: Personal Health and Wellness
PHP 210: Diversity, Health and Wellbeing in Later Life
HPS 200: Introduction to Public Health
PHP 322: Health Education and Ethical Leadership
HPS 404: Fundamentals of Evaluation
HPS 403: Applications in Health Promotion: Behavioral Theories & Health
HPS 394: Practicum in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice
HPS 493: Internship in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice


Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Wellness & Health Promotion Practice will build core skills, including:

  • Assessing the needs and the resources of diverse populations
  • Planning health promotion and wellness programs for implementation
  • Effective communication skills
  • Measuring wellness and health promotion outcomes
  • Application of ethical and professional standards in wellness and health promotion settings

Graduates of the Wellness & Health Promotion Practice program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Public Health
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Education Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Public Administration
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Health Education

By completing the BA and selecting the Health Education elective emphasis, you meet the 25 units of public health and health education courses to be eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Health Education Courses
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Health and Wellness

The emphasis in Health and Wellness provides an in-depth curriculum to prepare students for a career in this rewarding field.

Health and Wellness Courses
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Aging and Population Health

The Aging and Population Health elective emphasis prepares students for career opportunities in human services, government agencies, retirement communities, nursing homes, health care and long-term institutional care.

Aging and Population Health Courses