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Course Details

Course Code: SPHS530 Course ID: 4723 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines administration aspects of health and wellness program design. Students learn to assess, develop, implement, evaluate, and modify health and wellness programs. Strategies for improving muscular strength, endurance, and weight-loss will be critiqued. Program design tactics and appropriate rates of progression will be analyzed for beginners and adult populations. (Prerequisites: SPHS501 and SPHS503)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

LO1: Apply current scientific knowledge to develop health and wellness programs for individuals and corporate groups.

LO2: Devise strategies to demonstrate and teach proper health and wellness habits.

LO3: Design a health and wellness program using goal specific measurements of fitness.

LO4: Appraise health and wellness programs designed to promote weight-loss and disease prevention.

LO5: Evaluate health and wellness programs designed to promote muscular strength and endurance.

Discussion Forum

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the weekends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should post their reflections and discuss their experiences as they progress.

Please keep in mind…

Your classmate responses should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer. Simply using “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well-supported points in all of your assignments, including Discussion Forums.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, to our experiences and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Challenging someone is fine; disrespecting them is not. The use of appropriate references to support your response/challenge helps to show respect and knowledge of the material. Proper netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week #2 Assignment 1: Wellness Coach 13.33 %
Week #4 Assignment #2 -Environmental Interventions at the Dow Chemical Company 13.33 %
Week #6 Assignment 3: Concurrent Training 13.33 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Final Project: Implementing a Wellness Program 30.00 %

Required Readings:

Weekly required readings are shown in the Outline (above). In addition, links to the required readings will be within the classroom & our APUS library eReserve (

Additional Resources:

In addition to this syllabus, please review the course lessons, announcements and weekly discussion forums for additional resources.


In addition to the required course readings, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Fast Stats

American College of Sports Medicine

National Strength & Conditioning Association

American Public Health Association

Wellness Corporate Solutions

Global Wellness Institute

Wellness Council of America

National Association Sports Medicine

American Council on Exercise

IDEA Health & Fitness Association

Healthy People 2020

Centers for Disease Control

The Online Library is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus.

You will find this link toward the bottom of the left-hand menu bar within the classroom. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Online Library provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to

  • Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors’ publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries.
  • Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format.
  • Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over 12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services.
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Table of Contents

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The AMU/APU Library Guides provide access to collections of trusted sites on the Open Web and licensed resources on the Deep Web. These are specially tailored for academic research at APUS:

  • Program Portals contain topical and methodological resources to help launch general research in the degree program. To locate, search by department name or navigate by school.
  • Course Lib-Guides narrow the focus to relevant resources for the corresponding course. To locate, search by class code (e.g., SOCI111) or class name.

If a guide you need isn't available yet, let us know by emailing the APUS Library:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.