Wellness and Health Promotion

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Wellness and Health Promotion prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to educate, coach and support individuals, institutions and communities in promoting and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Through an investigation into the science of human health and the history, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of health and wellness initiatives, students gain a practical understanding of issues affecting individual and population health. Coursework emphasizes a holistic approach to health and includes elements such as nutrition, physical activity, stress, alcohol and substance abuse, and the influence of socio-economic and environmental factors on all aspects of health and well-being.

A concentration can be a key element in your bachelor's degree, providing unique perspectives that can enrich your career.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to work effectively with individuals, organizations, corporations and communities in efforts to enhance health, prevent disease and increase quality of life. Students will:

  • Gain content knowledge in the science, history and theoretical foundations of wellness and health.
  • Assess health and wellness needs; plan, implement, direct and evaluate health education and wellness programs.
  • Gain communication and marketing skills in assessing, organizing and implementing health and wellness promotion programs and materials.
  • Understand theories and strategies that facilitate positive lifestyle change.
  • Utilize evidence-based strategies to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Maximize the well-being of specific target populations by collaborative planning and implementation of wellness programs.
  • Apply their learning through direct field experience.
  • Effectively advocate for policies and practices that empower individuals and communities and sustain and reinforce health promotion efforts.

Careers and Further Study

Successful graduates will be well-positioned to work as health/wellness coaches and educators in community health initiatives, corporate wellness programs, public and private educational settings, and in fitness and wellness facilities. Graduates are further prepared for advanced studies in a wide range of health related fields such as public and community health, nursing, health education, health care management and administration, addiction studies, psychology, and human services.


General Education

WRT101-102 and MAT101-102 may by waived if equivalent courses have been accepted in transfer. Credits will be replaced with open electives. WRT201 required if both WRT101-102 are waived; not required for students completing WRT101-102 at Cambridge. WRT090 and MAT100 required if assessment indicates need.

Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
Information Literacy
CMP 230 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: CMP130 (course or portfolio) and familiarity with Windows and/or Mac operating system, or permission of instructor. Information literacy is necessary for lifelong learning and career advancement. It is the ability to analyze problems, research and select relevant information, create an effective presentation from that information, and, when appropriate, publish it in print or electronic formats. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to apply principles of information literacy to their academic and professional lives. A problem-centered approach is used. Students use the Internet and e-mail news groups, file transfer and Netscape, and search engines. They learn to evaluate the credibility of information and use problem-solving paradigms.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an annotated bibliography and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
Distribution Requirements

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits  (SCI 230 Anatomy & Physiology - required, 3 credits)

Social Sciences - 6 credits  (PSY 110 Systems Thinking in Psychology - required, 3 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology I
SCI 230 3 credit(s)
SCI230 provides a systemic approach to the major anatomical and functional components of the human body, and is designed to help students understand how these systems function together in health and disease. Topic coverage includes basic medical and diagnostic terminology, histology, and an in-depth examination of the body’s anatomical and physiological systems including the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems.
Systems Thinking in Psychology
PSY 110 3 credit(s)
Systems thinking in psychology is introduced as a theoretical approach to understanding the relationships and interactions of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Attention is paid to application of the systemic model and how it differs from the linear model, when studying human interactions, analyzing social problems, and developing interventions. Students apply systems theory to problems they select from their daily lives or jobs.
Open Electives

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Health and Wellness Promotion Major

Required courses, 3 credits each:

  • Introduction to Wellness & Health Promotion
  • Science of Wellness & Health
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Behavioral Change & Health Promotion
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Science of Exercise
  • Self Care for Helping Professionals
  • Leadership in Health Promotion
  • Research Methods in Health & Wellness Promotion
  • Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation
  • Wellness & Health Promotion Field Experience
  • Wellness & Health Promotion Capstone Project

Three Wellness & Health Promotion Electives

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Undergraduate Studies


State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,730 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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