Coming Fall 2023
The Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness will be an interdisciplinary major emphasizing the foundations of lifestyle medicine across the lifespan.
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Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
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  • EXS 2100 Analysis & Critique
  • EXS 3200 Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • WEL 4200 Exercise & Aging
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Athletic Training (3+2 MSAT)
  • BS. Exercise Science
  Select Publications  
  • Dischiavi, SL, AA Wright, DT Tarara, & CM Bleakley (2020). “Do exercises for patellofemoral pain reflect common injury mechanisms? A systematic review.” Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. (Available online September 2020)
  • Tarara, DT, LK Fogaca, JB Taylor, & EJ Hegedus (2015). “Clinician-friendly physical performance tests in athletes Part 3: a systematic review of measurement properties and correlations to injury for tests in the upper extremity.” Br J Sports Med. 50, 
  • Tarara, DT, EJ Hegedus, & JB Taylor (2014). “Real-time test-retest and interrater reliability of select physical performance measures in physically active college-aged students.” Int J Sports Phys Ther, 9(7), 874-887.
  • Hegedus, EJ, ME Vidt & DT Tarara (2014). “The Best Combination of Physical Performance and Self-report Measures to Capture Function in Three Patient Groups.” Physical Therapy Reviews. 19(3): 196-203.
  • Hegedus, EJ, B Stern, MP Reiman, D Tarara & AA Wright (2013). “A suggested model for physical examination and conservative treatment of athletic pubalgia.” Physical Therapy in Sport 14(1): 3-16.
  • Myer, CA, EJ Hegedus, DT Tarara & DM Myer (2013). “A user’s guide to performance of the best shoulder physical examination tests.” Br J Sports Med. 47(14):903-907.
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  • Director, HPU Health and Wellness Concentration
  • Supervisor, Exercise is Medicine on Campus Leadership Team
  • Chair, American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Science Education Interest Group
  News and Media Links   Courses
  • EXS 2100 Analysis & Critique of Scientific Literature
  • EXS 2200 Exercise Physiology (Maymester Experiential Intensive)
  • WEL 4400 Health Behavior Change
  • WEL 4650 Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Exercise Science – Traditional and Pre-Professional
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Careers in Health and Wellness
  Research Interests Dr. Reich’s research focuses primarily on health behavior in individuals and communities. Her work explores resources designed to aid in the adoption and maintenance of physical activity and healthy eating. Current projects in progress examine the behavior change theory characteristics of mobile apps and the built environmental factors that support healthy behavior in communities. As a teacher-scholar, she also investigates the effectiveness of teaching and learning strategies in the exercise sciences.   Select Publications and Presentations
  • Reich, K. BYOD in the Exercise Sciences: Utilizing Smartphone Technology to Create, Collaborate, and Communicate in the Classroom and Beyond. Podium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Greenville, South Carolina. February, 2016.
  • Reich, K. Undergraduate Exercise Physiology Student Perception of Learning and Professional Growth Following Participation in an International Scientific Meeting. Thematic poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. June 2014.
  • Persky, A. and Reich, K. Developing Your Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Podium presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Orlando, FL. June 2014.
  • Reich, K. College Physical Activity Class Participation and Modifiable Health Risk Factors. Podium presentation at the Research Consortium, AAHPERD National Convention & Expo, Charlotte, NC. April, 2013.
  • Parr, B., Feito, Y., and Reich, K. Beyond the Lecture: Active Learning in Exercise Science. Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Greenville, South Carolina. February, 2013.
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Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Instructor, Educator Preparation and Director of Education Fellows


The Department of Exercise Science strives to cultivate student development through an innovative curriculum and transformative learning experiences to develop future leaders in the field of exercise science as well as a variety of health science professions.



The mission of the Department of Exercise Science is to provide an extraordinary education through integrative student-centered teaching, research opportunities, and experiential learning related to human movement.  The scope of education and scholarship ranges from the cellular to the psychosocial; the metabolic to the mechanical. We are committed to empowering students to pursue careers or graduate education in clinical professions, fitness, wellness, sports performance, public health, and research.

What is Health and Wellness?

Health is a structural, functional, and emotional state that is compatible with effective life as an individual and as a member of society. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence. The academic focus of the program aligns with the pillars of lifestyle medicine across the lifespan including nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, social connections, and avoidance of risky substances.

Computer Requirement Specs for Health and Wellness Majors


Course Requirements 2023/2024
Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness
Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness
Degree Requirements Credits
Core 28 Credits
Elective Choice 16 Credits
Total 44
Requirements for B.A. in Health and Wellness
Requirements for B.A. in Health and Wellness
Course Course Title Credits
ANA/BIO 2070 & 2071 Human Anatomy w/ Lab 3/1
Core Courses: Foundation in lifestyle behaviors contributing to prevention, treatment, and reversal of chronic diseases within a cultural context.
BIO/PHYS 2060 & 2061 Human Physiology w/ lab 3/1
HED 1200 Nutrition & Healthy Living 4
HED 2100 Prevention & Substance Abuse 2
HED 2200 Human Sexuality & Relationship 2
HED 3100 Contemporary Health 2
WEL 1010 Stress Management 2
WEL 4400 Health Behavior Change 4
WEL 4650 Physical Activity Epidemiology 4
WEL 4425 Culture of Healthcare 4
Electives Choices - 4 courses chosen from the elective pool to deepen understanding of specific lifestyle pillars, cultural contexts or related career applications. Listed alphabetically by dept.
EXS 3100 Research in Exercise Science 4
EXS 3200 Exercise Testing and Prescription 4
HED 3300 Aging & Life Choices 4
MGT 3600 Introduction to Healthcare Management 4
MGT 3620 Leading & Managing in Healthcare Organizations 4
MGT 3640 Healthcare Delivery Systems & Policies 4
NTR 3175 Advanced Nutrition for the Health Science Professional 4
NTR 4275 Sports Nutrition 4
PEC 2130 Healthy Living for the Elementary Child 4
PSY 3610 Health Psychology 4
SOA 3030 Health, Illness & Medicine 4
WEL 4200 Exercise & Aging 4
WEL 4475 Culture of Fitness 4
WEL 4600 Culture of Obesity 4
WEL 4675 Body and Identity 4
Internship Internship Variable Credit
Course Descriptions
Note: No more than two courses in the elective pool can double-count for fulfilling requirements in a declared Minor or Major.
Potential Career Paths

Health and Wellness Coach

Health and wellness coaches are healthcare professionals who assist patients in making lasting behavior changes that will improve their health and well-being by partnering with them to evoke motivation and develop skills to achieve their goals.

  • Relevant minor: Psychology
  • Suggested credentials/certifications: Coaching certification

Health Services Manager

Health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers

  • Potential labor growth: Much faster than average (more than 15%)
  • Relevant minor: Healthcare Management
  • Most health managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field and previous experience in healthcare before becoming a manager. A graduate degree is common for this upper-level position.
  • Potential future graduate degree: Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Entry-level job titles related to this focus
    • Patient Representative
    • Potential Growth: Average (5 – 10% 2020 – 2030)
  • Mid-level and upper-level positions related to this focus:
    • Medical Director
    • Clinical Manager
    • Health Director
    • Practice Manager

Health Informatics Specialist 

Health Informatics Specialists work with data such as patient records and other health information to optimize patient care.

  • Projected labor growth: Average (5 – 10% 2020 – 2030)
  • Relevant minor: Data Science
  • Graduate degree typically required: Master of Health Informatics

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator 

Fitness and Wellness Coordinators develop and implement strategies and programs to promote health and well-being in the groups of people they serve which depending on the context could be employees, families, or community members.

  • Projected labor growth: Faster than average, (10- 15% 2020 – 2030)
  • Suggested credentials: ACSM CPT, ACE Personal Trainer, or NASM. Also, potentially health coaching credential, as desired.
  • Relevant minors: Entrepreneurship, Psychology
  • Graduate degrees: Depending on interest Exercise Physiology, Health Promotion, Exercise Psychology

Health Educator

Health education specialists work in hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Health educators develop programs to offer programs to teach about conditions affecting health and well-being.

  • Projected labor Growth: Faster than average (10 – 15% 2020 – 2030)
  • Relevant minors: Sociology/Anthropology, Health Care Management
  • Potential future graduate degree: Master of Public Health


Epidemiologists work in the private and public sectors to study patterns and causes of disease and injury.

  • Projected labor growth: Much faster than average (more than 15% 2020-2030)
  • Relevant minor: Statistics
  • Graduate degree typically required: Master of Public Health


Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Studying abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
Projected increased need for related services and employment opportunities for individuals with education in health and wellness
Increase in Wellness Prioritization
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