Health & Wellness
|Program Levels||Master's degree|
|Field(s) of Study||Public health, wellness management|
|Program Length||Approximately 2 years|
|Licensure/Certification||Voluntary certification available|
|Annual Salary (2016)||$37,833 and $66,304 (for graduates of a Master of Public Health program)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, *PayScale.com
Among other goals, the health and wellness industry aims to implement and promote consumer and community resources to help people achieve better levels emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being. Master of Public Health programs focus on the prevention of disease and management of health services, while wellness management programs focus on leadership and employee well-being in health care settings.
Prerequisites typically include a bachelor's degree and Graduate Record Examination or GRE scores. Some programs may require an advanced degree. A graduate degree, such as a Master of Public Health usually takes two years to complete and includes hands-on training through internships or practicums.
Let's take a look at Master of Public Health programs.
Master of Public Health
A Master of Public Health (MPH) prepares students to enter positions in the public health or medical fields and can include courses in:
- Health services management
- Public health ethics
- Social and behavioral studies
- Environmental health science
Graduates of this program learn to apply behavioral strategies to promote population health and prevent disease.
Master's Degree in Wellness Management
A master's degree program in wellness management involves the study of management and health promotion at the community level. Students focus on health and wellness issues, leadership skills, and employee wellness. The curriculum combines management and business concepts with studies in mental and physical health. Programs can lead to a Master of Arts or a Master of Science. Course topics may include:
- Exercise science
- Worksite wellness
- Health promotion planning
- Organizational behavior
- Wellness intervention
- Research methods in health
Graduates of Master of Public Health programs may find jobs with population science or health maintenance organizations, public schools, hospitals and voluntary health agencies. They may be employed as:
- Health communications specialist
- Clinical trials director
- Health program associate
- Public health epidemiologist
Graduates of programs in wellness management may find jobs in hospitals, government agencies, fitness clubs, sports medicine facilities, and volunteer organizations.
According to PayScale.com, in June 2016, graduates of a Master of Public Health Program earned between $37,833 and $66,304 depending on their position and level of experience.
Graduates of a Master of Public Health program can pursue doctoral degrees in public health. Students desiring work in academia or research should consider a Ph.D. program. Those seeking professional careers in government public health agencies or health care organizations can pursue a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).
Let's review! Graduate programs in health and wellness can lead to a Master of Public Health (MPH) or a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Wellness Management or a closely related field. Depending on the position and prior experience, graduates of an MPH program earned between $37,833 and $66,304, according to PayScale.com in June 2016.