Health and Wellness

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program is designed for students that desire careers that promote health and wellness in a variety of settings through design, development, implementation, and management of health and wellness initiatives. The program is designed for a student pursing an initial or second degree. The program may also be of interest to students who have previously completed health-related coursework. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible to sit for the Certification Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination ( Career Options: The BSHW program prepares the graduate for a variety of Health and Wellness roles including but not limited to the following settings: Hospitals and clinics, insurance companies, private and nonprofit organizations, community and government agencies.

Courses Are Available

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The Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness program prepares students to:

  1. Analyze how health inequities are mitigated by the social determinants of health.
  2. Demonstrate leadership in the promotion of health and wellness initiatives through education, support, and encouragement to individuals, groups, and communities across the healthcare continuum.
  3. Advocate for health and wellness initiatives with a holistic approach.
  4. Apply health and wellness strategies, based on health policy and best practices, in assessment, planning, and prevention to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for individuals, groups, and communities.

Student learning outcomes include:

F:        Incorporate Franciscan Values and the Health Education Code of Ethics in academic and practice settings.
R:        Use research and evidence-based practice as a basis for the promotion of health and wellness to individuals, groups, and communities.           
A1:      Access relevant data related to health for the purpose of planning and implementation of health and wellness programs for individuals, groups, and communities.
N1:      Assess the needs of individuals, groups, and communities for health education.
C1:      Collaborate and communicate with others to plan, implement, and evaluate health and wellness activities to maximize health outcomes.
I:         Use information technology and the application of technology to provide quality care.
S:        Demonstrate leadership by influencing others through support of health and wellness programs based on quality assurance and process improvement.
C2:      Provide culturally competent and holistic teaching to diverse individuals, groups, and communities.
A2:      Advocate for health and wellness for individuals, groups, and communities.
N2:      Demonstrate knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments for health education and promotion programs.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Contact Admissions

Our counselors know that each student is unique, which is why they are ready to help you throughout the entire process. Get started by reaching out to the Office of Admissions.

Office of Admissions 

6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217 
Phone: (414) 410-4040 or (800) 347-8822

Admission Requirements


  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative high school GPA
  • A minimum ACT score of 19 or SAT combined score of 990 or higher on the combined SAT reading and math

Transfer student:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all collegiate academic courses

Graduation requirements:

  • Complete the required course work
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits in BSHW-required course work
  • Complete 120 credits according to the required curriculum
  • Earn a minimum grade of C or better in all program-required course work.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA average for all program-required course work
  • Meet all financial obligations to the University
  • Submit an application for graduation

Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students locate all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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