New undergraduate degree will focus on wellness and health promotion


In response to the growing demand for health and wellness workers, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice. The new degree will be offered in person and online starting this fall.

“This is a great degree for students who want to help others develop healthy lifestyles and experience general well-being,” said Velia Leybas Nuño, PhD, MSW, assistant professor and program director for the new diploma. “Students who earn this degree can work in health care, health services, and senior care. They can become a community health worker, a health educator or a health coach. This field is expected to experience significant growth over the next 10 years, making the need for trained public health professionals critical. “

Developed collaboratively by faculty and community partners, the diploma is the only one of its kind in the South West. The experiential learning model combines classroom study with hands-on, hands-on experience. Internships and internships will take place in a variety of settings including homes, communities, government organizations, businesses, health care centers, hospitals, schools, faith-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations.

By putting into practice the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, students will gain a competitive advantage for careers in the growing field of corporate and community health and wellness. Students will also be in a good position to pursue graduate studies in public health, nursing, nutrition, or medicine.

The baccalaureate allows students to specialize in one of the following three streams: health and well-being, health education and aging and population health. In each track, students will learn to conduct health needs and resource assessments, and plan health promotion services and interventions using the latest research-based evidence to promote behavior change and healthier lifestyles. Health Education Stream courses make students eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination through the National Commission for Accreditation of Health Education.

The Bachelor of Arts in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice was inspired and made possible by Mel Zuckerman, whose founding gift supported the establishment of the Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2000. Zuckerman’s own journey to wellness prompted him to launch the Canyon Ranch Health and Wellness Resort. , based in Tucson, Arizona. He and his wife, Enid, have been champions of health and wellness ever since, and this bachelor’s degree is part of that legacy.

“We are very excited about this new offering of degrees, the Bachelor of Arts in Wellness and Health Promotion Practice,” said Iman Hakim, MBBCh, PhD, MPH, Dean of Zuckerman College of Public Health. “It represents a new chapter in Mel Zuckerman’s public health legacy. This degree will train the next generation of corporate and community health workers to promote health and well-being in diverse communities.


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