The WellStar College of Health and Human Services is a dynamic academic unit that consists of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, the Department of Social Work and Human Services, and the School of Nursing. Additionally, the college includes the campus-wide Wellness Center, KSU Student Health Clinic, Center for Community Health Care, and the Academy for Inclusive Education and International Academy for Women’s Leadership under the Dean’s Office.
All nursing degree programs, the teacher education program, the sport management program, and the social work program in this college are nationally accredited. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In addition, the nursing program is state-approved and the teacher education program is nationally recognized and has state approval for P-12 teacher certification in Georgia. Human Services graduates will be eligible in the near future to earn certification as a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) established by the Center for Credentialing and Education in collaboration with the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
The academic units of the College of Health and Human Services offer a number of degrees and programming for students interested in fields related to health and wellness of individuals and the community. Members of each of the college units are actively engaged in the pursuit of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education.
The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management offers degrees in two areas: exercise and health science and sport management. The BS in Sport Management is approved by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the North American Society for Sport Management. The department’s faculty expands knowledge in several areas, such as recognizing and stressing the benefits of exercise in older adults. Additionally, the department offers the Seniors Participating in Activities Related to Health at Kennesaw State (SPARHKS) Program that provides outreach to older adults. Faculty has developed close working relationships with colleagues in Brazil (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and the Universidade de Pernambuco), Egypt (Alexandria University), South Africa (University of Pretoria), and the Netherlands (Hogeschool van Amsterdam). These collaborations help support the international underpinnings of the college, resulting in student and faculty exchanges, as well as various international scholarship initiatives.
The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education offers a degree in health and physical education (P-12) and minors in Health Promotion and Coaching. The B.S. in Health & Physical Education has secured the following national accreditations and state approvals:
- fully accredited by NCATE, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- fully approved by Georgia’s Professional Standards Commission for P-12 teacher certification
- nationally recognized by NASPE, the National Association for Sport & Physical Education.
The department offers the Physical and Leisure Activities for Youth (PLAY) Program that provides social and physical experiences for disabled children. It also manages the KSU Challenge Corner, a high and low element ropes course designed to promote cooperation, trust, communication, and problem-solving for small group experiences. Faculty have been engaged in various international initiatives with colleagues in Brazil and South Africa, as well as local initiatives with area public schools and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
The Social Work and Human Services Department offers an undergraduate degree in Human Services and, in association with the national American Humanics Program, offers a certificate in nonprofit leadership. A master’s degree in clinical social work is now available to interested, qualified students. Faculty members in human services are taking leadership roles in more than 100 community agencies. The department has study abroad initiatives in Germany, Uganda, Thailand, and Argentina.
The most recent addition to the units of the WellStar College is the Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. The Institute offers an undergraduate degree that transcends the traditional culinary arts or hospitality management curricula. The Bachelor of Science in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality incorporates the study of sustainable best-practices emphasizing areas such as resource conservation, food science, nutrition, agro-ecology and essential business skills/abilities. Students implement theoretical classroom concepts through experiential learning opportunities. These include learning how to source local foods, establish water/energy/food conservation programs , and apply resource management techniques to implement a sustainable food hospitality operation in an environmentally conscious, economically beneficial manner. The Institute is exploring accreditation options for this recently approved degree program.
The WellStar School of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are also fully approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The School is one of the largest and most well respected programs in the Southeast, with consistently high passing rates on the RN licensing examination and nurse practitioner certification examinations. The School of Nursing programs include a generic BSN program, an accelerated BSN program for individuals holding other degrees, and a MSN program in care management and leadership. The school offers undergraduate two international experiences. The longest standing program is the Nursing Practicum in Oaxaca that provides students the opportunity to work in hospitals and clinics in Oaxaca, Mexico. The second program provides program evaluation experiences in the culture and health care system in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. School of Nursing faculty members are actively researching areas such as end-of-life issues, vulnerable populations, ethics, barriers to prenatal care for immigrants and health disparities.
The WellStar College of Health and Human Services houses three academic departments:
- The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management
- The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
- The Department of Social Work and Human Services
- The WellStar School of Nursing
In addition to the academic departments the WellStar College of Health and Human Services, provides service to the students, faculty and staff through support of:
- KSU Health Clinic
- The Wellness Center
- Health Promotion
- Professional Practice with Hispanic Populations
Programs of Study
The WellStar College of Health and Human Services offers the following undergraduate degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Science
- Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
- Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education P-12 (with PTEU)
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing