Health, Wellness and Fitness


The Health, Wellness and Fitness program will prepare students to become knowledgeable of the causes of the major controllable health care issues in society today and into the future. They will gain the skills to assist others to develop healthier lifestyles to combat major controllable health issues such as obesity, diabetes, various coronary diseases and conditions. Students will learn business management skills to aid entry into the profession. The program integrates the professional domains of nutrition, fitness, health education, business procedures and management and community health to prepare prevention specialists.

Students can concentrate their studies in these areas: 

  • Health and Wellness Promotions » The Health and Wellness Promotions concentration will help students move into the corporate sector with health insurance companies, wellness programs with businesses and not-for-profit organizations that seek to improve overall health of groups in the community.
  • Fitness Professional » The Fitness Professional concentration is for students interested in fitness programs, health clubs and community recreation programs at the managerial level.

High School Preparation


Employment projections are expected to increase by 29 percent or greater over the 2008 to 2016 decade. Job growth is predicted due to the demands by aging baby boomers, obese children and parental concerns about fitness, reduction of physical education in schools and those seeking a better quality of life through improved health and fitness (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4/30/2010).

This is a relatively new program at UW-Stout, career employment and salary statistics are not yet available.

View our Annual Employment Report for more details.

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» Sample Freshman Schedule

Composition I or Freshman English Honors I
Intro to Health, Wellness and Fitness
General Chemistry
Concepts of Mathematics
General Psychology

Composition II or Freshman English Honors II or Honors Seminar II
Human Biology
Fundamentals of Speech
Medical Terminology
Humanities Selective Course
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Science Course

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Body movements and principles affecting them.

Physiology of Exercise
Effects of exercise on sports participants: heat stress, body composition, nutrition, cardiovascular function, energy expenditure, respiratory mechanics and ventilation factors.

Community CPR, Automatic External Defibrillation and First Aid

American Red Cross Certification - Adult, child and infant CPR, automated external defibrillator use, first aid; personal safety, accident prevention knowledge; sudden illness recognition; respond/administer emergency techniques; social responsibility, ethical reasoning, first aid and emergency situations. 

Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Provides prospective physical education and/or coaching professional with basic understanding of prevention, treatment and care of athletic injuries.

Personal Health and Fitness
Analysis of consequences of individual decisions and lifestyle choices related to personal health and well-being.

Introduction to Health, Wellness and Fitness Industry
Exploration of the major components, systems, and processes of the health, wellness, and fitness industry. Examination of past and present trends and key components in various industry sectors. Advisement on course sequence, field experience and career opportunities.

Introduction to Health Psychology
Principles of psychology applied to the promotion of health and wellness; prevention of disease, injury and premature death; psychological treatment of illness; improvement of health care; and formation of health policies. Instructor's consent required.

Physiology and Anatomy
The structure and function of the human organism at the cellular, organ, and organism levels with emphasis on the physiological control systems and the concept of homeostasis as the unifying concept in physiology.

General Chemistry 
Fundamental principles of chemistry with applications: composition and structure of matter, formation and naming of compounds, mole concept, writing and balancing chemical equations, types of reactions, elementary stoichiometry, bonding, states of matter, equilibrium, solutions, acids and bases. Students may incur incidental expenses for software.

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


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Contact Information

Michael Bird, Program Director
244 Sports and Fitness Center
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751

Phone: 715/232-1423

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