The University of Wisconsin online Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management program was created with you and other busy adults in mind. If you have a 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.

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.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management at Parkside.


Find out more about specific tuition and finacial aid information for the online Health and Wellness Management program.


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

The Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

You have completed a bachelor's degree in any field, with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

You have completed prerequisite coursework in:

  • Personal Health (or equivalent)
  • Anatomy and Physiology or Human Biology (or equivalent)
  • Intro to Psychology (or equivalent)
  • Elementary Statistics (or equivalent)
  • 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.
  • Aptitude tests, such as the GRE and GMAT, are NOT required.


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 is currently an associate professor at UW-Parkside, where she has served in numerous roles over the past two decades. Beginning as Wellness Director, she implemented the first employee wellness program for the campus, developed a student wellness class, and help create a campus Wellness Center. She then served as Chair of the Health, Physical Education and Sport Management department for thirteen years, where she led the development of a new exercise science laboratory and a Strength and Conditioning Center, as well as served an instrumental role in creating three new majors: Sport Management, Fitness Management/Exercise Science, and Applied Health Sciences. Most recently she served as Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, where she directed graduate programs in the college and oversaw the Root River Environmental Education Community Center.

Throughout her professional and personal life, she continues to be driven and guided by her overall holistic view. This view extends to all aspects of academia, from student success in and out of the classroom, to quality academic programming, to a vibrant and healthy campus and community.  She embraces wellness throughout her personal life by engaging in numerous fitness activities, including cycling, cross country skiing, and participating in triathlons; as well as traveling and experiencing cultural events with her family and friends.


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