Health Promotion & Wellness

Health and Wellness Program

Health & Wellness Degree

Cultivate an understanding of critical health and wellness concepts that support healthy lifestyles and behavioral changes.

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Launch Your Career With a Health & Wellness Degree

Health and wellness issues pose great challenges to each person, our nation, and the world. McKendree’s Health and Wellness degree program draws from biological, social, and behavioral sciences to prepare students to become knowledgeable and skillful professionals, able to cultivate an understanding of critical health and wellness concepts that support healthy lifestyles and behavioral changes




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Health Promotion and Wellness Major

Located within the Division of Health Professions, the B.S. in Health and Wellness gives you the option to choose between five different tracks of study.

Clinical Wellness Track:

The Clinical track is for students who plan to work in hospitals, clinics, voluntary health agencies, or who plan to continue their education to become nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and health care professionals.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

Fitness Track:

The Fitness track prepares students who wish to work in a gym or training facility, YMCA, or skill development setting. Students in this track will be equipped to sit for a variety of certification exams, including CSCS, ISSNS, and wellness coach.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

Government/Community Wellness Track:

The Government/Community Wellness track prepares students to work in the public health arena, including jobs in military facilities, local, state, or national health departments, or internationally.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

Worksite/Corporate Wellness Track:

The Worksite/Corporate track prepares students to work within a business setting to establish a program that benefits employees and helps the company increase productivity and reduce health-related costs.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

A minor in Health & Wellness is also available.



Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Four different tracks to choose from with the ability to design your own minor

  • Easily combined with other majors, such as education and sports psychology, that set you apart from the competition

  • Exciting internships to prepare you for a career even before you graduate

  • Student clubs and organizations give you the chance to meet others and take part in educational and service projects related to health & wellness
  • Opportunity to receive training in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets



Photo of the McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

Our graduates find internships and employment in:

  • Schools
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Fitness Centers
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Corporate Worksites
  • Colleges & Universities

Some of the companies our health and wellness graduates work for include:

  • YMCA
  • Nestle Purina
  • County Health Departments
  • American Cancer Society
  • A Host of Fitness and Training Facilities




What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying


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My experience interning in the corporate wellness field was wonderful! Working in both the clinical and office setting, I was able to conduct biometric screenings and help run the wellness programs at different companies. I also created surveys for the wellness programs and health screenings and had the opportunity to write a wellness policy for one company. I learned so many things and got to put the information I learned in my classes to use.”

~ Allex Perigan '15, Dayani Center for Health and Wellness at Vanderbilt University




Interesting Courses


  • Supplements and Sports Nutrition

  • Employee Health and Worksite Wellness

  • Foundations of Human Movement

  • Programs in Community Health
  • Technology in Health and Wellness




Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Wonders of Wellness

  • Green Team

  • Fitness Club

  • Colleges Against Cancer (affiliated with the American Cancer Society)
  • Pre-Professional Students in Health Care
  • Iota Tau Alpha (Athletic Training Honor Society)




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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Dr. Karan OnstottKaran L. Onstott, Rh.D.

Associate Professor of Health and Wellness
Carnegie Hall 110
(618) 537-6932



Photo of Dr. Deanne RiessDeanne Riess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Health and Wellness and Physical Education
Clark Hall 202B
(618) 537-6983


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