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Curriculum Information Guide

Health Promotion and Wellness

Dr. Jack Thomas, Chair
Nutrition Science and Wellness Department
Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness through the School of Health Sciences is ideal for students who want an interdisciplinary approach to helping others achieve healthy lifestyles. Students will develop a strong foundation in administrative and technical skills to successfully implement health promotion and wellness programs. The pursuit of wellness in all dimensions of life - social, physical, emotional, occupational, intellectual, environmental and spiritual - is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Graduates from the BS in Health Promotion and Wellness will acquire leadership, management, and collaborative skills to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the health promotion planning process. Graduates can work in local, regional and national settings and are also prepared for graduate-level programs in numerous health-related areas.

Typical Employment Opportunities 

  • Public Health Educator
  • Health Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Director of Fitness / Wellness
  • Community Health Director
  • Health Services Manager

Health Promotion and Wellness (BS) Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will use leadership, management, and collaborative skills to apply a multidisciplinary approach to the health promotion planning process through the incorporation of health enhancement interventions.  (Professional/Leadership)
  • Graduates will serve as a health promotion resource by effectively promoting or advocating for healthy lifestyles and the profession in oral and written form through any variety of sources.  (Communication/Marketing)
  • Graduates will apply knowledge and experience from course work in the arts, science, and humanities into the field of Health Promotion and Wellness.  (Knowledge)
  • Graduates will demonstrate proficiency at interpreting one-on-one and group health assessments to achieve improved quality of life for themselves and the people they educate.  (Critical Thinking)


Liberal Arts and Sciences (50 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
American/Western/Other World Civilizations (GE) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (GE) 3
Foreign Language I (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
SOC 122 Introductory Sociology (GE) 3
MTH 110 Statistics (GE) 3
BIO 125/NTR 110 Principles of Nutrition (GE) 3
BIO 123 Human Body in Health and Disease OR  
BIO 130 Biological Principles I OR  
BIO 166 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
SOC 228 Society and Health 3
Humanities (GE) 3
CHM 124 Principles of Chemistry (GE) 4
Arts Elective (GE) 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 6
SPE 202 Interpersonal Communications OR  
SPE 330 Professional and Technical Speech 3
Required: Lower Division (25 credits)
HPW 101 Perspectives of Health and Wellness 3
PSY 240 Health Psychology 3
HPW 200 Lifespan Health and Wellness 3
BUS 131 Marketing Principles OR  
ECO 156 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) OR  
SMT 225 Sport Marketing 3
Technical Elective I 3
BIO 220 Medical Microbiology 4
BIO 240 Bioethics 3
HPW 225 Fitness Health and Coaching 3
Required: Upper Division (49 credits)
HPW 300 Evaluation of Health Promotion 3
HPW 325 Mental Health Wellness 3
NTR 305 Weight Management & Obesity 3
NTR 365 Sports Nutrition 3
HPW 330 Concepts in Public Health 3
HPW 400 Community Health 3
HPW 410 Seminar in Health Promotion 3
HPW 420 Addictive Behaviors 3
SOC 303 Sociology of Work and Occupations 3
HPW 425 Sport & Exercise Physiology 3
HPW 430 Research Methods in Health Sciences 3
HPW 435 Health Care Administration 3
HPW 440 Holistic & Integrative Health 3
HPW 405 Exercise Science (w/lab) OR  
HPW 450 Health & Wellness Internship 4
HPW 470 Healthy America 3
Technical Elective II 3
Total Credits 124

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 124

Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.


Technical Elective I

BUS 109 Management Theories & Practices

SMT 110 Introduction to Sport Management

Technical Elective II

PSY 315 Abnormal Psychology

SOC 309 Sport in Society

SOC 350 Global Social Change

SOC 360 Sociology Theory

SOC 366 Sociological Research Methods

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.