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Wellness and Health Promotion Undergraduate

The Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) program teaches students to live and promote a healthy lifestyle. These professional skills are utilized in health enhancement, disease prevention, health education, health and fitness, corporate and worksite wellness, as well as human resource practice and management.

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B.S. in WHP

This dynamic program equips students with a different kind of health care education – one that focuses on promoting health and wellness through management, complementary medicines, strategic planning and community engagement, to name a few.

With a Bachelor of Science in WHP, graduates are ready to pursue a variety of wellness-related careers including:

  • public health educator
  • corporate wellness coordinator
  • community health worker
  • health services manager
  • human resources practitioner
  • injury prevention advocate
  • graduate study in public health, psychology, business, and more

The Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Health Promotion is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE).

Become a certified wellness practitioner
WHP graduates from May 2006 onwards who attained an overall GPA of 2.75 may automatically register with the National Wellness Institute (NWI) as Certified Wellness Practitioners (CWP). Individuals who graduated earlier from the WHP program may also apply to become CWPs but need to follow a different certification path. Visit the NWI Website for more details.


The Wellness and Health Promotion Program at Oakland University is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Council on Wellness Accreditation and Education (CWAE), PO Box 827, Stevens Point, WI 54481, 715.342.2969.

WHP Student Society

The WHP student society is designed for students who are majoring or minoring in the wellness and health promotion program. As a society, we promote health on and around campus. We also provide our members with several networking connections to assist them with their collegiate career as well as their future after graduation.

This is a fun society where WHP students can get together to discuss important news regarding their major or minor, answer each other’s questions, and find out about upcoming events or activities. We have similar interests that we can share in this group!
The WHP curriculum is designed with industry experts to meet qualifications and skills needed in the health promotion fields. It offers students a broad-based introduction to this emerging multi-disciplinary field of study and provides a specialization within one of eight focus areas:
  1. Additional Major in Psychology
    • targeting psycho-social issues and human health behaviors
  2. General Health Enhancement
    • minor in psychology, plus possible additional minor
  3. Health Promotion Intervention
    • emphasizing legislation, managed care and human resources
    • options for different minors possible
  4. Complementary Medicine
    • exploring different healing traditions
    • options for different minors possible
  5. Injury Prevention
    • preparing for injury prevention advocacy
  6. Exercise Science
    • minor in exercise science
  7. Pre-Health Professional focus
    • preparation toward graduate studies
  8. Nutrition and Health focus
    • minor in nutrition and health
A 28-credit-hour minor in wellness and health promotion is available to students majoring in other programs such as anthropology, integrative studies, health sciences, human resource development, psychology, or sociology. Several credit hours can be used to satisfy University General Education requirements. Contact a School of Health Sciences adviser for more information.