UNC Asheville’s Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Promotion program (HWP) offers flexibility and support for students interested in the health sciences, public health, or other health-related topics. 

Why Study Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville?

Student Spotlight

Outside the Classroom

Your study in health and wellness goes beyond the traditional classroom experience. You can learn hands-on by pursuing internships and employment, research projects, leadership experiences, and community-engaged learning opportunities at UNC Asheville. 

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Several courses within the BS in Health and Wellness program have service-learning components, giving students the ability to participate in their community and make a positive impact. What’s more, students who complete six or more credit hours in service-learning courses are eligible to graduate with the Community Engaged Scholar honor.

There are also two optional internship courses for students pursuing the health and wellness degree. During these courses, students may read academic scholarship or articles related to their work, attend seminars, complete projects and reports, and demonstrate their leadership skills.

Other enriching learning opportunities that our students pursue include the capstone course, completion of additional research projects, or preparation to sit for a certification exam.

UNC Asheville Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree

Masters of Public Health 2025 Cohort group photo
Masters of Public Health 2025 Cohort group photo

Offered jointly through UNC Asheville and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, students interested in graduate education find our MPH program an ideal place to advance their skills. Students can complete their MPH degree in as few as four semesters, and courses include on-site classes one day per week and asynchronous online lectures. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to grow in your profession after earning your bachelor’s in health and wellness!

Meet the Faculty

Our health and wellness promotion faculty are as passionate about creating healthier communities as they are about helping students find their calling. The HWP brings together a wealth of knowledge and backgrounds in subjects ranging from exercise science to mental/emotional health to nutrition and health policy.

Health and Wellness Careers & Outcomes

Students interested in the health sciences may pursue careers in areas such as physical therapy, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, neuroscience, counseling, holistic health, nutrition, and exercise science. As many of these career areas require additional education, UNC Asheville also has a Pre-Health Professions program for graduate school preparation. Students interested in general health and wellness promotion pursue careers in community health, health education, fitness and nutrition promotion, and holistic health modalities in a variety of settings such as nonprofit organizations, gyms/fitness facilities, educational settings, and government agencies.

Students interested in public health seek careers in areas including health promotion and program coordination in and with community-based organizations, public health departments, schools, care facilities, hospitals, businesses, and other entities. Graduates also may advocate for systemic policy changes that support the health and well-being of populations, working with advocacy and other organizations. Public health graduates also pursue graduate studies in fields such as community health, health behavior and society, epidemiology, health policy and management, mental health counseling, social work, and other fields.

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Join UNC Asheville’s Adaptable, Interdisciplinary Health and Wellness Major

With three concentrations, integrated and interdisciplinary coursework, and faculty members who support you as you discover and hone your strengths, the Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Promotion degree prepares you for a meaningful career or graduate studies in healthcare and health-related fields. 

Join a community ready to help you reach your full potential as a student, scholar, and health and wellness professional. 

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