Major and Career Exploration: Health and Wellness

One way to learn more about particular majors and related career paths is to become familiar with the professional organizations in those fields of study. For example, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit  association that represents a diverse membership of health education professionals and students. SOPHE members work in schools, universities, health care facilities, worksites, and government agencies. Their primary purpose is to raise awareness about the connection between health and the surrounding environment.If you are interested in learning about how to prevent disease, prolong life, and improve people’s mental and physical well-being, consider a major in Health Behavior Science (HBS). HBS majors gain the knowledge and skills to promote healthy lifestyles through conducting needs assessments, identifying health priorities, creating evidence-based health programs, and evaluating the impacts and outcomes of health promotion activities. Graduates of this program may find employment as a wellness coordinator, someone who manages fitness programs and wellness services in a variety of settings, including corporate gyms, non-profit recreational facilities, and university health centers.