Dr. Christine Vandenhouten is pleased to announce UW-Green Bay, in conjunction with UW-Extension, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior is launching the new online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management (MSHWM) program starting with Fall Semester of 2016. The program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission and has started accepting applications.
The MSHWM curriculum focuses on program budgeting, legal and policy issues, strategic planning, change management, systems thinking, marketing, and communication. The program is designed for working health care professionals and aims to strengthen and expand knowledge of corporate wellness and health promotion issues. The master’s degree is ideal for students with bachelor’s degrees in community health, health education, kinesiology, exercise science, nutrition, health promotion, recreation management, and human resources.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for the health and wellness industry from 2014 to 2024 is 13%, higher than most other fields. Opportunities for qualified health and wellness management professionals exist in virtually every sector of the workforce: service industries, manufacturing, community agencies, the insurance industry, healthcare systems, educational institutions, and more. The MSHWM degree prepares people for positions as corporate wellness administrator, director of fitness/wellness, wellness program manager, community health and wellness director, health management consultant, and health promotions adviser.
Dr. Vandenhouten, Chair of the Professional Programs in Nursing, serves as the MSHWM Academic Director at UW-Green Bay. She reports, “We are excited to offer this innovative new program and look forward to having our first students apply and start this September.”