Why study Health and Wellness Promotion at MC?
Students pursuing the degree in Health and Wellness Promotion at Maryville College understand the multi-faceted health needs of communities and seek to improve the lives of others through the promotion of healthy behaviors. This major takes a preventative action healthcare approach and incorporates the knowledge and strategies utilized by health and wellness professionals in a variety of fields. When paired with a passion for helping others, the skills and experience acquired in this major prepare individuals for rewarding career roles as health and wellness professionals in worksite wellness programs, health agencies (local, state and federal), community organizations and other healthcare settings. Students who receive a B.A. in Health and Wellness Promotion may choose to pursue graduate and/or professional studies in areas such as exercise physiology, health education, health promotion, nutrition, public health, sports marketing and management, sport psychology and other allied health professions.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
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Meet a current student
Meagan Eiselstein ’21
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Meagan would like to work in a field related to nutrition coaching or strength coaching. She’s also thinking about starting a business that incorporates both of those interests. “I think one of the most exciting things for me about this major is that there have been many new nutrition classes implemented and offered to students,” she said. “This is the perfect major for getting that core work to start a career as soon as possible after graduation. I also have the freedom to minor in business and photography with this major, which gives me an even more well-rounded education that will benefit my future career, whatever it may be.”
Emilie Boone ’21
Hometown: Gallatin, Tenn.
Emilie chose the health and wellness promotion major because she has a passion for helping others and likes the combination of science and marketing that this major provides. “As a current soccer player at MC for the past two years, I love being active and learning about ways to promote this to people around me,” she said. “Sports are a great way to get people up and active in the community. With this major, I would like to pursue a career in sports marketing to combine my interests in health care, marketing and athletics.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Makayla May Dudley ’16
Currently: Coordinated School Health Specialist and health teacher at Carter Middle School in Knoxville, Tenn.
In her current role at Carter Middle School, Makayla is able to pursue a lifelong goal to promote healthy lifestyles among young people. The former Maryville College cross country athlete also shares her love of being active with her students in additional roles as the head cross-country coach, assistant track coach and assistant basketball coach. “Maryville College taught me that being a teacher is way more than a lesson focused on my content,” she said. “Being a teacher means building relationships with students and finding ways to push them to their full potential. No matter what you teach, there is a shared goal to prepare students for their future.”
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Graduate School Placements
Colorado State University
East Tennessee State University
Lincoln Memorial University
Tennessee Technological University