Learn the foundational concepts of health promotion, personal fitness training, and wellness education and coaching through coursework covering prevention, health improvement and maintenance, and behavior change within diverse populations.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

Program Location

Carrollton Campus

Method of Delivery

Face to Face


The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Credit and transfer

Total semester hours required:

This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

Save money

UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


  • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
  • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
  • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
  • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
  • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
  • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
  • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.


minor in Health and Community Wellness requires a total of 15 credit hours, including the minor prerequisite courses CMWL 2100 Introduction to Health and Community Wellness and PHED 2628 First Aid and CPR for Education Majors. Students must complete CMWL 2100 and PHED 2628 with a grade of C or better and maintain a GPA of 2.0 as part of the required minor before taking any of the remaining four courses.

This undergraduate course provides healthy eating and nutrition principles for fitness and wellness professionals. The course helps students understand the role of nutrition in improving health and applying these ideas to establish healthy SMART goals and eating plans. A review of current eating habits and patterns using nationally recommended dietary guidelines and nutritional assessment tools will be covered. Course topics include the relationship between nutrition and various diseases, use of dietary supplementation, and nutrition for improved sport and fitness performance.

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This course will introduce the skills and techniques related to guiding groups and individuals through autonomous behavior change. Students will learn and apply motivational interviewing techniques and coaching frameworks. There will also be an emphasis on cultural competence and humility to promote positive coaching relationships.

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This course focuses on the incidence, prevalence, distribution, and preventative measures of disease acquisition and other factors relating to health. Topics include but are not limited to the following: health-related fitness; obesity; nutrition and dieting; chronic and communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, HIV/AIDS, stress and depressions, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.); and how the environment influences human health and disease (air, water and soil, and also all the physical, chemical, biological and social features of our surroundings).

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This class focuses on the physiological responses and adaptations of the human body during exercise. In depth analysis of the responses of the respiratory, circulatory, and muscular systems will be a major focus. Pre-participation health screening, biometric and fitness assessment, and participant goals will be considered to design individualized training programs. Laboratory activities include data collection and analysis, exercise programming case studies, and exercise demonstration and instruction practice.

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Jamie Brandenburg, M.P.H., LPN, CWP, DE

Jamie Brandenburg, M.P.H., LPN, CWP, DE


Chrissy Knoll, MS, CPT

Chrissy Knoll, MS, CPT

Lecturer, Health and Community Wellness

Bridgette Stewart, M. Ed.

Bridgette Stewart, M. Ed.

Chief Wellness Officer

Guidelines for Admittance

Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

The proposed criteria for admissions include the following:

  • Academic status at the University of West Georgia in good standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0

Admission Process Checklist

  1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).

  2. Review important deadlines:
    • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
    • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
    • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
      See program specific calendars here

  3. Complete online application
    Undergraduate Admissions Guide
    Undergraduate Application
    Undergraduate International Application

  4. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee

  5. Submit official documents

    Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

    Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
    University of West Georgia
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118-4160

  6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. See Immunizations Guidelines for more information.

  7. Check the status of your application

  8. For more information go to UWG Admission Deadlines


Advisement information: http://www.westga.edu/coeadvisement/

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

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