The University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management program was created with busy adults like you, in mind. With your passion for health and wellness, you can learn to design, develop, implement, promote and manage initiatives that are good for people…and good for business.

This convenient, online degree allows you to study when and where you like, making it a great option if you are juggling multiple job and family responsibilities.

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12 courses, 36 credits. Totally online.

Provided in a convenient 100% online format, you can complete this degree at your own pace, during a time that is convenient for you. 

You will learn from faculty from across the UW System and graduate with a degree that is in-demand and that employers will respect. Some career options that you will be prepared for are:

  • Health and productivity analyst
  • Wellness/fitness coordinator
  • Community health and wellness director
  • Corporate wellness manager
  • Health promotions adviser
  • Health coach

UW-Parkside is your local connection to this degree program, where you can meet with faculty advisors and connect to the resources our campus provides. 

Program ineligible for international F-1/J-1 visa holders


Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE are not required for admission.

You may be eligible for admission to this program if you have completed a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite courses listed below. 


  • Personal Health (or equivalent)
  • Anatomy and Physiology or Human Biology (or equivalent)
  • Intro to Psychology (or equivalent)
  • Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)

Students must satisfy all prerequisites before starting program coursework and will not be allowed to take outstanding prerequisite courses concurrently with introductory program courses.

Need to complete a prerequisite course before applying?

Contact Stacy Tinholt  |  262-595-2597  |

Persuasion Skills for Wellness Managers  |  HWM 715
In this course, students will develop communication and persuasion skills, which are essential for wellness managers. Utilizing a variety of media and techniques, students will hone their communication skills. Students will apply key marketing concepts to mount effective marketing campaigns for their organization.

Contemporary Health and Wellness Perspectives  |  HWM 700
In this course, students will examine health and wellness concepts and probe foundational thinking associated with the contemporary health and wellness field. Expectations and development of the wellness professional will be explored.

Biopsychosocial Aspects of Health  |  HWM 730
This course is a survey of the biological, psychological, and social-environmental aspects of wellness. Taking an applied focus, students will learn current theoretical and evidence-based approaches in psychology, integrative medicine, and behavioral economics that impact wellness.

Admission to the UW Master of Science in Health & Wellness Management requires

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Your resume
  • A statement of personal intent (up to 1,000 words) describing your decision to pursue this degree and what you believe you will bring to the health and wellness management field.

Submit letters of recommendation, statement of personal intent, and resume here

NOTE:  Transcripts may not be sent through this portal, they must be sent directly from the institution.


Penny Lyter, Ph.D. | 262-595-2494 |


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