Leadership and Wellbeing Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Wellbeing Requirements: (15 credits)

By the end of this graduate certificate program, students will demonstrate knowledge of well-being principles and practices within leadership settings.

Required courses
IHW 653Stress and Sleep Management3
IHW 670Research Methods and Program Design3
IHW 770Wholism as a Guiding Principle for Leadership and Well-Being3
MSL 624Leadership and Well-Being3
MSL 626Failing and Failure in Leadership3
Total Credits15

IHW 653. Stress and Sleep Management. 3 credits.

This course studies stress and sleep and their respective impacts on health and chronic disease across the lifespan. Several stress management techniques are debated and practiced with emphasis on mind-body medicine and the relaxation response. Students also learn how to evaluate and read research papers that are based on stress and sleep management practices and procedures.

IHW 670. Research Methods and Program Design. 3 credits.

This course will explore of quantitative and qualitative research techniques applicable to health and wellness literature and program design. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate research and the program designs of others. In addition, students will be able to design their own programs with the appropriate methods of evaluation.

IHW 770. Wholism as a Guiding Principle for Leadership and Well-Being. 3 credits.

Wholism is the philosophy that says that the parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection such that they cannot exist independently of the whole and cannot be understood without reference to the whole. This course explores the notion that all parts that make up the whole of an individual are interconnected where the guiding principles that form a person’s leadership philosophy cannot be separated from those that guide personal health behaviors such that, “how we do anything is how we do everything” (Richard Rohr). Along with gaining a more in-depth sense of wholism, this course begins by exploring the interconnectedness of our relationships with others with the factors that determine health, balancing our inner world with our outer experiences, connecting dualism to our leadership style and personal health outcomes, and exploring our true-self and life purpose. Additionally, these elements are discussed in the context of chronic stress and the role that it plays in both personal health and leadership activities. The course ends with a practical application of these elements to employee health programs that emphasize improvements in quality-of-life, enhanced worker productivity, and cost savings to an organization.

MSL 624. Leadership and Well-Being. 3 credits.

As employee or leader, well-being decisions comprise our daily lives. This course examines well-being from two unique but interconnected perspectives. Students will look internally to discern their personal well-being strategy as an emerging leader and then look externally to consider how to improve employee well-being within their organization.

MSL 626. Failing and Failure in Leadership. 3 credits.

In this course, students will examine the concept of failure, the process of failing, and how we gain resiliency and find hope in the midst of failure.