Health and Wellness, B.S.

health and wellness

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness offers students an excellent foundation in health, science and liberal arts. Broadly educated students with knowledge of contemporary healthcare issues and services are ready for employment in the pharmaceutical industry, medical centers, clinics, community health centers, government health departments, fitness and wellness centers, and the health insurance industry. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers related to exercise, wellness, and health promotion are projected to grow faster than average and that job prospects in these fields are favorable. The Affordable Care Act, rising cost of health care, an aging population, and concerns about childhood obesity have increased the need for individuals trained to address these issues. In addition, graduates may pursue advances study in fields such as nursing, public health, health administration, social work, and health information technology.

  • Our faculty are accomplished health professionals across a multitude of disciplines who possess a passion for teaching. Their experiences, participation in professional organizations, and cutting-edge research across local, national and international venues will impact how you think about health. Career advisement is ongoing throughout the student's stay at NYIT: Students in the Bachelor Science in Health and Wellness program have the opportunity early on to discuss with their advisor their possible career paths and find electives that match to anticipated future employment and/or requirements of expected graduate study.

  • Students are introduced to the health professions through our course, Community Health Implications. Exposure to a myriad of health professions is given in Professional and Cultural Issues in Health Care where representatives from several health disciplines visit the class and give students an opportunity to ask questions. Introduction to Clinical Nutrition Practice gives our majors a firm foundation in this increasingly important subject area. Our more advanced courses include study of Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, Health Information Management, and Healthcare Payment Systems.

  • This new degree also includes a choice of two out of four new courses in Lifestyle and Weight Management, Health and Aging, Exercise Physiology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. With 18 free elective credits, students may take additional courses in areas such as writing, management and communications based on their ultimate career goal. Senior year includes a practicum where students work 60 hours over the course of one semester in a health care setting with support from a course leader. The mandatory interaction with our Department of Career Services for this course assures that students develop professional skills in writing resumes, seeking appropriate positions, interviewing and learning appropriate workplace behavior.

  • Students considering careers in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies should major in Health Sciences, B.S., which includes more extensive science and math courses needed for applying to those graduate programs.

For more information, please see our BS Health and Wellness Handbook or contact us at:

Maria Gerard
Administrative Assistant
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RD,CDN
Director, Program Development
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

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