Health and Wellness Science

The Health and Wellness Science program will prepare you to become a knowledgeable and skillful professional in the complex public and private sectors of health promotion and client-focused leadership positions. Expect to receive outstanding academic advising, student centered learning, an experiential education, engagement in scientific inquiry and critical thinking and effective communication. 

Is health and wellness science right for you? Which track should you choose? Consider the following questions.

Health Promotion Track

  • Are you interested in how we care for and use our bodies?
  • Do you have strong leadership qualities?
  • Are you interested in working as an educator?
  • Are you willing to embark on a specialized field of study?
  • Are you concerned about the health and habits of society?
  • Are you interested in community health?
  • Do you care about public policy related to health?

Human Performance Track

  • Do you like working with people?
  • Do you care if people are healthy?
  • Can you work with diverse people in health settings?
  • Are you able to motivate people to change?
  • Do you enjoy studying science, biology, anatomy, and physiology?
  • Do you want to promote personal wellness philosophies?
  • Do you enjoy fitness and exercise?
  • Do you like helping people regain activities of daily living after illness or injury?

Nutrition Track

  • Are you interested in human nutrition?
  • Do you want to improve your own health and wellbeing?
  • Do you want to be able to give other people the tools to nourish themselves? 
  • Are you interested in designing diet and lifestyle programs that address disease and optimize health?
  • Would you like to learn more about Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating?
  • Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree? 


The May School of Nursing and Health Sciences houses more than $1.4 million in state-of-the-art technology.

Courses provide students with applicable knowledge from a wide variety of health and wellness topics.

Careers in health education are expected to grow at a faster-than-average rate of 16 percent through 2026. (source)

The 2015 median annual salary for those working as wellness coordinators, community health workers, health services managers and health coaches ranged from $36,300–$94,500. (source)

What You'll Study

In your first two years at Lees-McRae, you will develop a well-rounded educational foundation in liberal arts and science. During your junior and senior years, you will be immersed in health and wellness-focused courses. You will learn about client centered care, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, safety, informatics, client education, professionalism, leadership and systems-based practice.

The Health Promotion Specialization will prepare you to work as a knowledgeable and skillful professional that embraces the complexity of health promotion and wellness and assumes client-focused leadership positions within the public and private health care sectors. You will be able to manage and administer the integration of a wellness culture with a wide array of programs that span across health care divisions, departments, and business units for the purpose of reducing health care costs, improving productivity, enhancing employee safety and health, and improving both employee well-being and work-life balance. Examples of courses you will take in the Health Promotion specialization include health promotion and aging, population health, environmental/global health and epidemiology.

The Human Performance Specialization will prepare you to work with athletes on improving their performance from both a physiological and psychological perspective. You will be engaged in components of kinesiology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and injury prevention essential to promoting best practice. You can expect to possess leadership qualities essential for the advancement in their chosen profession. Internship hours will help you become competitive in the application process. Examples of courses you will take in the Human Performance specialization include sports psychology, training principles and techniques, and exercise testing and prescription.

The Nutrition Specialization is geared toward students who are interested in nutrition science, food science, humanbased medicine, biology, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry. The specialization will prepare you for graduate
studies in nutrition and related programs, and careers in a variety of settings including hospitals, other health care
facilities, corporate wellness programs, food and nutrition related businesses an industries, private practice, community
and public health settings, universities and medical centers, and research areas. Additionally, the curriculum is designed
to prepare students for admission into Coordinated Programs in Didactics that lead to eligibility to write the CDR
registration examination for dietitians (RD/RDN).

Beyond the Classroom

In the Health and Wellness Science program, learning goes beyond lecture. Educational activities will include hands on learning experiences through state-of-the-art technologies like 3G wireless human simulators and in a laboratory uniquely outfitted for Health and Wellness Science students. You will complete an internship in settings which may include local hospitals, community centers, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and health and wellness centers. 

After Graduation

With a bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Science, the possibilities are limitless. The concentration in Health Promotion will prepare you to pursue the Health Education Specialist certification (CHES). The Human Performance concentration will prepare you to take national certification exams in the profession with accredited organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

After graduation, you may choose to work in a variety of settings such as health care centers, community centers, hospitals, local government centers, non-profit organizations, research centers, youth centers and substance abuse centers. You may also choose to pursue graduate level education in health therapies, public health, social work, exercise science and more. 

Potential Career Paths

Health Promotion Careers

Public Health
Corporate Wellness
Medical/Pharmaceutical Sales
Activities Coordinator
Resort Manager
Camp Director
Cruise Recreation Director
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor
Community Health Consultant
Wellness Coordinator/Coach

Human Performance Careers

Health Educator
Athletic Trainer
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Exercise Physiologist
Corporate Fitness Trainer
Emergency Medical Technician
Fitness Consultant
Aerobics/Yoga Instructor
Wellness Director
Spa/Health Club Manager
Activities Coordinator

Nutrition Careers

School Nutrition
Food Service Management
Health Coach
Public Health
Health Educator
Certified Diabetes Educator
Public Health Director
Wellness Coordinator
Research in nutrition, food science, or related fields

Meet the Faculty

Sally Wimberley, MS, RD, LDN
Director of Health and Wellness Science, Assistant Professor

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