Departments & Centers

Health and Wellness Design

Areas of Specialization

The Department of Health & Wellness Design offers the following undergraduate specializations:

  • Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology focuses on educating students about outdoor recreation resources and their use. Topics include outdoor recreation, environmental education, interpretive techniques, outdoor adventure education, nature study, recreation resource management, and organized camping.
  • Public, Nonprofit, and Community Recreation focuses on enhancing the quality of people's lives by helping them participate in challenging and satisfying recreational activities in beautiful settings. Students acquire professional management skills that can be applied in a wide variety of recreation and leisure facilities and programs around the world. Quality courses with small faculty/student ratios and varied fieldwork opportunities guarantee our students an outstanding educational experience.
  • Recreational Therapy prepares students to assume positions as recreational therapists. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Professionals assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.
  • Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management prepares students to enter the world's largest and most diverse industry. Tourism is the business of attracting and catering to the needs and expectations of visitors. Although the tourism industry includes transportation, travel brokers, and food and lodging, students in this program focus on the marketing and management of tourist facilities and destinations. These include government tourism divisions, hotels, resorts, convention centers, theme parks, visitor centers, cruises, and airlines.

Graduate specializations include:

  • Outdoor Recreation is for students interested in outdoor recreation management, resource management, camping administration, outdoor/environmental education, interpretation, and outdoor leadership.
  • Park and Public Lands Management is for students interested in stewardship of public lands and management of land-based operations at the national, state, regional, and local levels.
  • Recreation Administration is for students interested in public agencies, private/commercial agencies, recreational sport administration, or general administration or management.
  • Recreational Therapy is for students interested in advanced recreational therapy practice working with person with health conditions.
  • Tourism Management is for students interested in working in administration or management related to the tourism industry.
  • Leisure Behavior is a Ph.D. degree program designed for graduate students wishing to pursue careers in higher education research and teaching, as well as professional careers in management and administration.

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