The Department of Health and Human Performance
Bachelor of Science Degree
Major in Health and Human Performance - Health and Wellness Option
The Health and Wellness Option will prepare health professionals to seek employment in a variety of agencies such as local, state, national, international non-profit and corporate wellness programs.
The Student Learning Outcomes for this option include:
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual and community health and wellness needs.
- Plan evidence-based, health and wellness programs in healthcare, worksite and community settings.
- Correctly interpret, apply and conduct research in health and wellness.
- Effectively communicate to diverse constituencies.
The Health and Wellness Option is designed to address the seven areas of responsibilities for the health education profession as recommended by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The seven areas of responsibility are:
- Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education
- Plan Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
- Implement Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
- Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
- Administer Health Education Strategies, Interventions, and Programs
- Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
- Communicate and for Health and Health Education
The health and wellness curriculum will prepare students to: develop a strong background in human behavior and behavior modification; effectively plan, implement, and evaluate wealth and wellness programs; increase leadership skills; and become familiar with the latest research and developments within the field.
Internship opportunities may be explored at local, regional, and national agencies/organizations that qualify students for employment in that field.
Health and wellness graduates will find employment opportunities as community health educators, health promotion coordinators, health promotion consultants, prevention specialists, community health outreach workers, and worksite health promotion specialists.
A grade of C- or higher is mandatory in all health and human performance courses satisfying the major requirements.
All students desiring admission to the Health and Wellness Option are required to file an application for admission.
- Each applicant also must complete 18 credits from the approved list of prerequisite courses with a GPA of at least 3.0 (see application for list of courses).
- Applications will be accepted when the student has completed a minimum of 23 credits from the General Education category requirements at Montana State University Billings, or at another regionally accredited institution of higher education, earning a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Courses taken on a pass/no pass or credit/noncredit basis will not be used to calculate the GPA requirement. Students should consult with their academic advisor.
- Applications for admission to the Health and Wellness Option may be obtained online at www.msubillings.edu/hhp or from the Department of Health and Human Performance Office in the Physical Education Building, Room 120. The application should be submitted to the faculty advisor for review and approval, signed by the advisor and the Department Chairperson. A current working copy of the transcript will be attached to the application form.
- Applications are handled on a rolling admissions basis. Students will be notified of the status of their application within 15 working days of submitting the complete application. Enrollment in some major courses is limited to students admitted to the program.
- No student will be allowed to register for restricted upper division courses in Health and Human Performance without formal admission to the Health and Wellness Program.