Health and Well-being Management Master of science degree

04e061a7-140b-4e77-ad31-08d0ac8e8255 | 3024403


Individual and community health, disease prevention, and engaging in healthful habits to promote well-being are at the fore-front of public interest. Well-being is a mosaic of nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and environmental features that are critical for a productive, efficient, and healthy society. Corporations, small businesses, government agencies, and institutions are employing health and well-being professionals to help people lead healthier lives and contribute to corporate, agency, and business productivity.

The MS in health and well-being management prepares you for a career in health and well-being program design, administration, and research and is the perfect choice for those interested in going to medical or dental school or pursing doctoral studies in nutrition, health promotion, exercise science, or public health. 

To provide high-quality, population-based health care, the future health care workforce needs a skill set that includes the ability to:

  • apply systems thinking,
  • design interventions,
  • practice dissemination and implementation science,
  • engage with communities, and
  • understand and utilize team dynamics, negotiation, and advocacy skills.

The health and well-being management program offers evidence-informed guidance to develop and apply these skills.

Two Options

The MS in health and well-being management offers two emphasis options, both of which prepare you for a career in health and well-being as well as offer research experiences for those interested in pursuing further doctoral and post-graduate studies.

Content development, implementation, and evaluation focuses on helping students learn how to design and execute health and well-being programs, focusing on development of content and expertise in a particular area of health or wellness, such as exercise, behavior, and nutrition.

Health and well-being program management relates to leading an organization’s health and wellness program or an employee assistance program within corporate setting or in self-employment venues.

Educational outcomes

  1. Demonstrate skills in the design, delivery, and evaluation of individual and group interventions/programs that are consistent with evidence based social and behavioral theories.

    You will learn health education and program evaluation concepts, examine evidence and research-based content and apply learning behavior theory constructs to health and well-being activities.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to assist with health, physical, nutrition, behavioral screenings or policy analysis to plan and manage a safe and effective health promotion program for both healthy and health-impaired individuals.

    You will acquire a knowledge base in nutrition, physical activity, and health law including screening and assessment and utilize this knowledge in health and well-being dissemination or implementation science activities.
  3. Develop skills and experience necessary to promote program services to appropriate community recipients including the ability to categorize subsets of the worksite/organization population and identify appropriate intervention strategies for each subset.

    You will be able to describe and conduct needs assessments and apply findings appropriately. Also, you will demonstrate the acquisition of marketing concepts to a health and well-being problem.
  4. Apply the requisite skills to plan and conduct inquiries into problems and outcomes used to develop and manage health and well-being activities, programs and campaigns.

    You will apply behavior change theory concepts and research and evaluation criteria to examine, critique, and assess health and well-being programs and activities.
  5. Collaborate with multiple disciplines to promote and administer health related research, activities, and policy at the organizational, community, state, and federal level.

    You will develop verbal and written communication strategies and skills and apply them to tasks involving collaboration, interpretation, and critical thinking for health and well-being activities. Also, be well versed in health and well-being policy development and strategic application at multiple levels of governments and organizations.
  6. Design and execute a comprehensive project or research-based inquiry relevant to the health promotion industry.

    You will integrate your learning in a research, inquiry, or review project on a topic pertinent to designing, planning, implementing, evaluating, managing, or marketing health and well-being.


Career outcomes

The health and well-being management program prepares graduates for careers that provide services to enhance employee health and consequent workforce productivity, including:

  • Administrator or manager of a health and well-being program/initiative for government, industry, or organizational entities.
  • Health and well-being educator/communicator, instructional program designer, developer, or implementer.
  • Preparation for future medical and dental education, doctoral training in fields related to nutrition, health promotion, exercise science, and public health.

Program Brochure

Download our program brochure for more information.


Health and Well-being Management, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
WSHN-700 Research Methods in Health and Well-being 3
WSHN-701 Health and Nutrition Education and Evaluation 3
WSHN-702 Dissemination and Implementation Science for Health and Well-being 3
  Statistics Elective* 3
  Electives 12-15
Choose one of the following: 3
   WSHN-710 Health Risk Identification and Management (Emphasis Plan 1)  
   HLTH-710 Health Care Economics and Policy (Emphasis Plan 2)  
Choose one of the following:  
   WSHN-797 Health and Well-being Project  3
   WSHN-790 Health and Well-being Thesis  6
Total Semester Credit Hours 33

* Choose from PSYC-640 Graduate Statistics or MATH-655 Biostatistics or STAT-614 Applied Statistics

Emphasis Plan 1- Content Development, Implementation & Evaluation Electives

EXSC-650 Exercise Physiology
EXSC-690 Exercise Science Research
NUTR-610 Integrative Approaches to Health
NUTR-650 Community Nutrition
NUTR-654 Life Cycle Nutrition
NUTR-680 Global Food and Nutrition Perspectives
PHYA-729 Clinical Epidemiology
PSYC-713 Graduate Developmental Psychology
PSYC-716 Graduate Social Psychology
SERQ-710 Service Design Fundamentals
SERQ-713 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation
STAT-672 Survey Design and Analysis
WSHN-600 Principles and Practices of Health Education
WSHN-799 Independent Study

Emphasis Plan 2- Electives

BUSI-710 Project Management
EDLI-733 Instructional Design
HLTH-706 Leading Health Systems I
HLTH-725 Healthcare Strategic Marketing & Communications
HLTH-730 Health Care Financial Management I: Principles & Practice
HLTH-737 Lean Sigma in Health Care
HLTH-746 Leading Health Systems II
HRDE-710 Foundations in Human Resource Development
MGMT-800 Leadership Development I
MGMT-801 Leadership Development II
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
MKTG-772 Internet Marketing: Strategy & Tactics
SERQ-710 Service Design Fundamentals
SERQ-712 Breakthrough Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation
SERQ-730 Project Management in the Service Sector
SERQ-735 Data Mining In the Service Sector
STAT-672 Survey Design and Analysis
WSHN-799 Independent Study

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in health and well-being management, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives that includes your rationale for applying to the program, statement of research and career interests and experience, extenuating circumstances or considerations for application review, and why you want to attend RIT.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a university/college faculty member.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions

Learn about admissions, cost, and financial aid