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Health, Wellness & Behavioral Sciences

Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science

The mission of Clarke University’s Health, Wellness & Behavioral Sciences (HWBS) major is to support and engage students in an academically rigorous program that promotes student’s personal and intellectual growth. Students will be prepared to responsibly contribute to society and utilize self-reflection in self-optimizing processes in order to guide personal success, health, wellness, and behavioral changes and through the empathetic process to guide others in their own self-actualization.

Students in the HWBS major must choose either the Life Coach Counseling emphasis or a separate minor (except Psychology).

The emphasis in Life Coach Counseling provides additional preparation for students to successfully impact the person to affect multi-categorical change in the areas of financial, emotional, social, psychological, physical health, and well-being. This emphasis is intentionally broad-based to prepare students to engage persons in holistic health and wellness. These graduates will  have the knowledge, skills, and talents to enter into a person’s life, assess needed changes, and assist in carrying out positive change.

Graduates with the BS in HWBS are positioned to continue to a graduate program such as athletic training or physical therapy. Graduates of either the BA or the BS could enter a number of employment fields including health education, personal training, social work, clinical psychology, or behavioral analyst.

Clarke Health and Wellness

Program Details

Health, Wellness & Behavioral Sciences majors:

  • Develop critical skills and expertise to promote behavioral changes
  • Focus on the many factors that influence health and well-being
  • Learn how behaviors, thoughts, social interactions, and environment can affect physical and mental health, chronic disease, and relationships across the lifespan
  • Gain marketable and valued skills to understand, measure, change, and influence individual and populations to become healthier and attain higher qualities of life
  • Must minimally complete either an emphasis or a minor from another discipline. (The minor could be from any program except Psychology.)

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Tim Boffeli, Ph.D.

Tim Boffeli, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology

I enjoy being there in that magic moment of time when life makes more sense. This sense is what teaching and learning is all about and will last for more than my lifetime.

Dee Higgins, Ph.D.

Dee Higgins, Ph.D.

Program Director and Professor of Athletic Training

Every patient and every student is inherently good, is worth time, effort and care, and deserves your best efforts.

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The Classroom and Beyond


16 %
Job Growth

Graduates of the behavioral sciences will see a 16% increase in job growth by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1:1
Student to Faculty Ratio

Your major and capstone work will develop from one-on-one interactions with Clarke faculty.

2018
Inaugural Year

The first year students at Clarke could pursue a Health, Wellness, & Behavioral Sciences.

Experience Clarke Health, Wellness & Behavioral Sciences for Yourself

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