Wellness and Health Promotion Management, MS Courses

The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. All students in this wellness and health promotion master's degree are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

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Professional Core Courses

HPM 500

WELLNESS & HEALTH PROMOTION MANAGEMENT ORIENTATION

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This course provides the Master of Science in Wellness & Health Promotion Management program orientation for Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis will be placed on program expectations, student resources, and scholarly writing.

  • Credits: 0.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission to the WHPM Program

HPM 519

ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT

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This course presents the theory, structure, and instrumentation for assessing the health and organizational development needs of an organization, agency or other community population. The course examines models/tools that serve as guides for planning, conducting and reporting a comprehensive needs assessment within the context of whole-person, whole-organization health promotion. A needs assessment will be designed and administered by the student during this course resulting in the identification of a priority health promotion issue(s) for a specific target population and recommendations for future planning.

  • Credits: 2.0

HPM 525

HUMAN RESOURCE & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

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This course presents an overview of the human resource and strategic management functions and the economic and legal environments in which manager's duties are performed. The theoretical framework for, and practical administration of human resource and strategic management areas covered will include policy and procedures, staffing, recruitment and retention, compensation, staff development, performance evaluation, disciplinary action, cultural competence, diversity, budgeting, strategic planning, business plan development, and ensuring that actions are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

  • Credits: 3.0

HPM 538

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF RESEARCH

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Evidence-based practice in planning and implementation of effective health promotion initiatives, interventions and comprehensive programs includes the development of skills in applied statistics and research. Students will learn to critically examine research and determine best-practices that can be applied to specific issues or questions.

  • Credits: 3.0

HPM 550

HEARTSET, MINDSET, & SKILLSET OF COACHING

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This course utilizes the evidence-based psychology of coaching to provide students with the heartset, mindset, and skillset to facilitate coaching sessions that support healthy lifestyle changes which may prevent, treat, and/or reverse chronic conditions and enhance wellbeing. The course also examines techniques for utilizing coaching principles as a leadership tool for success.

  • Credits: 3.0

HPM 560

LIFESTYLE MEDICINE & HEALTH BEHAVIOR THEORIES

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This course examines evidence-based lifestyle medicine recommendations and interventions to prevent, treat, and possibly reverse chronic diseases. Students analyze the key components of health behavior change theories and their application in research and practice in support of adopting healthy behaviors. Students will apply motivational interviewing techniques to assist clients/patients in strengthening motivation and readiness to change. Recommendations and interventions focus on nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, tobacco & alcohol addictions, and healthy relationships.

  • Credits: 3.0

HPM 565

POPULATION HEALTH FOR THE HEALTH & WELLNESS PROFESSIONAL

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This course examines the opportunities for collaboration between healthcare delivery systems, public health agencies, community-based organizations, worksite wellness programs, and medical fitness facilities to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the populations they serve. Focus areas will include appropriate wellness programming for special populations, policy implications for population health, the political landscape in relation to health, legal implications of health reform, and eliminating health disparities.

  • Credits: 3.0

MBH 684

HEALTHCARE MARKETING

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This course delivers an understanding of marketing principles and their roles in linking with healthcare business systems to deliver value. Topics covered include target marketing, branding, product development, competitive assessment and strategic development of marketing plans.

  • Credits: 3.0

EDD 736

LEADERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS

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This course will focus on the leadership of complex organizations and the skills and qualities leaders need to change organizations. In order to be effective, leaders must understand themselves, the organizations they head, and the complex social and political environments that they are asked to navigate on a daily basis. Students will become acquainted with the principles, concepts and major theories of leadership; reflect upon their own leadership styles and behavioral tendencies; and apply this new learning to a variety of situations and problems simulating real challenges in real-world organizational settings.

  • Credits: 3.0

EDD 756

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE & ACCOUNTABILITY

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This course introduces strategies for transforming organizational culture. Students will explore concepts including organizational awareness, relationship building, and issues around accountability in organizational settings. The course explores how to generate creative ideas using mindsets and practices exhibited by successful innovators. At the end of this course, students will have a good working knowledge of various models, frameworks, and theories that help explain how organizational change and reform occur.

  • Credits: 3.0

HPM 592

CAPSTONE I

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Students will synthesize concepts, ideas, knowledge, skills, and experiences from courses throughout the program into an e-portfolio and a comprehensive health promotion or medical fitness capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be submitted and approved by the faculty and the organization involved in the project.  All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program.  In this first of a two-course series students will conduct a scholarly literature search related to a specific health promotion or medical fitness problem or issue, critically appraise the evidence, select a community mentor, and apply a theoretical framework as a foundation for a capstone project. 

  • Credits: 1.0

HPM 594

CAPSTONE II

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Students will synthesize concepts, ideas, knowledge, skills, and experiences from courses throughout the program into an e-portfolio and a comprehensive health promotion or medical fitness capstone project. This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be submitted and approved by the faculty and the organization involved in the project. All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program. In this second of a two-course series students will submit an e-portfolio highlights their projects for completion of the program objectives, implement Capstone project plan, develop and submit a professionally written Capstone project and oral presentation.

  • Credits: 3.0

Worksite & Community Wellness Concentration

HPM 580

BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR RESULTS-DRIVEN WELLNESS PROGRAMMING

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This course focuses on key skills needed to build a foundation for results-driven wellness programming. Skills obtained in the course which include building strong senior management support, assessing wellness needs, utilization of Health Risk Assessments, designing health management processes, designing effective wellness communications, and performing simple program evaluation, will lead to the completion of WellCert Level 1 Certified Wellness Program Coordinator (CWPC) in cooperation with the Chapman Institute.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HPM 519

HPM 581

HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM DESIGN & MANAGEMENT

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This course focuses on program design strategies and operational aspects of program management. Skills obtained in the course which include overcoming stakeholder objections, managing vendor relationships, maximizing wellness program participation, utilization of wellness incentives, budgeting for wellness, and analyzing & optimizing program results and returns, will lead to the completion of WellCert Level 2 Certified Wellness Program Manager (CWPM) in cooperation with the Chapman Institute.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HPM 580 or WellCert Level 1 Certification

HPM 585

COMPLEX PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND EFFECTIVE WELLNESS CONSULTING

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This course focuses on designing, implementing, and evaluating worksite wellness programs for large and complex employers as well as developing skills to become an effective wellness consultant. Skills obtained in this course which include implementing wellness in large employer organizations, strategies to maximize health and productivity management, utilizing positive psychology to enhance wellness, understanding the relationship between health risks and health costs, estimating budget requirements, addressing presenteeism issues through wellness programming, and designing programs that produce behavior change will lead to the completion of two advanced levels of wellness certification, Certified Wellness Program Director (CWPD) and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Consultant (CWWPC), in cooperation with the Chapman Institute.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HPM 581

Medical Fitness Management Concentration

HPM 570

MEDICAL FITNESS MANAGEMENT

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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, design, implement, and evaluate medically sound programs and services that safely promote physically active lifestyles to reduce the risk of disease and promote health and wellness. Topics include fitness facilities operations, role facilities will play in the future of healthcare, risk and emergency management, staffing, quality outcomes, and assuring a safe environment of care.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HPM 581

EDD 786

ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES & SUSTAINABILITY

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This course equips students with concepts and strategies necessary to analyze system performance, healthcare outcomes, and evaluate impact. Students will learn to make evidence-based recommendations for interventions based on the data. Students will develop skills to design a comprehensive plan for quality improvement and sustainability. 

  • Credits: 3.0