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2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Promotion and Wellness

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The Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Program is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of majors including (but not restricted to) physical education, applied exercise science, health education, nursing, rehabilitation, and psychology. The program is a forty-eight semester-hour master’s degree program (either M.Ed. or M.S.).

The program consists of the basic components necessary for the successful creation of comprehensive organizational programs that are designed to enhance individual and organizational health. The concepts and strategies set forth are applicable to any organizational membership. Personnel trained in HPW will be able to design, implement, manage, and evaluate health promotion and wellness programs. The HPW program will increase the student’s skills in health promotion and better prepare the student for future employment in the private and public sector.

General Admission

A student’s plan of study is individualized to meet personal needs and goals. The quality of previous academic work, experiences, references, and potential for professional growth and development will be taken into consideration.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

The following courses are undergraduate requirements, and if not already included in the graduate student’s previous preparation, are required, even though they do not carry graduate credit:

  • Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
  • CPR/First Aid Certification


Fieldwork is planned to enable students to gain experience in their field. The type of fieldwork will depend on students’ individual interests and needs. These placements may be in corporate, hospital, community agency, and academic settings. The placement site will have a Health Promotion and Wellness philosophy and a comprehensive program.

Exercise Science and Sport Studies

Application for admission for graduate study in Exercise Science and Sport Studies Programs is highly competitive. Even though Springfield College has a rolling admission policy for graduate school, completion of the application process as early as possible is encouraged. All applications must include the following: undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, three references, and a personal statement relative to professional goals. Any and all other materials required by graduate admissions must be included.

Contact Person:
Charles J. Redmond
Chair, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Telephone: (413) 748-3178

Basic Program

Minimum of 48 s.h. of graduate credit.

Selectives (Total 11-19 s.h.)

To be chosen from the following list in consultation with an academic advisor.

  • PSYC 522 - Principles of Counseling Credits: 3 s.h.
  • RCTR 630 - Leisure Counseling Credits: 3 s.h.
  • RHDS 699 - Behavioral Medicine Approaches to Chronic Disease and Disability Credits: 3 s.h.
  • SOCI 635 - Dynamics of Inequality Credits: 3 s.h.

Research requirements

* Successful completion of a capstone experience is required for this option.

Students who elect to write a thesis will be eligible for the M.S., M.Ed., or M.P.E. degree. Students who complete the non-thesis option will be eligible for the M.Ed. or M.P.E. degree.

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