The Wellness and Health Program in the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education (WWSOE) is committed to Elon University’s mission that embraces what the founders envisioned: “an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit.” The Department of Education and Wellness offers courses and programs to advance students’ personal health and wellness and to develop wellness professionals that aid others along their health and wellness journey.

HealthEU (HEU) courses, presented by the WWSOE in collaboration with Campus Recreation and Wellness, are designed to promote and empower individuals in adopting health-enhancing behaviors. Students will have the opportunity to select courses from a variety of wellness dimensions (physical, emotional, social, financial, purpose, and community wellness). Courses will address one or more dimensions, while also reflecting on the holistic, intertwined nature of wellness.

Course offerings are subject to vary from semester to semester due to interest and availability of instructors. Some courses have an additional fee.

Below are spring 2024 course offerings.

NEW courses, coming spring 2024

Financial Equity and Well-being

HEU 1704, 1 s.h.
Unlike traditional financial literacy courses this course will explore and analyze present financial health through the lens of the social and economic environment, personal attitudes, knowledge and skills, behaviors, and available opportunities. The course will emphasize the development of a holistic view and approach to financial well-being through the tenants of HealthEU. Students will examine models of money management, spending, budgeting, the psychology of money, financial behavior, and resource allocation.

Relationships, Health and Wellbeing

HEU 1705, 1 s.h.
Close relationships are a significant predictor of health, well-being, and even mortality. For emerging adults (age 18-25ish), building and cultivating relationships, such as romantic partners, friends, family, and community, are critical to creating and sustaining personal wellness. In this course, you will learn about the connection between close relationships, health, and holistic well-being through engaging with scholarly content, practicing interpersonal skills, and creating a Personal Relationship Wellness Plan to strengthen and broaden relationships in your own life. We will also explore how technology (e.g., social media, dating apps, texting, etc.) plays a role in developing and maintaining relationships, and you will present on a mobile app that resonates with you and promotes relationships and wellness. At the end of the course, you will be able to recognize and implement healthy interpersonal skills and health behaviors in your relationships to support your short- and long-term wellness.

Healing in Nature

HEU 1707, 1 s.h.
Engaging with nature contributes to personal well-being by enhancing physical, mental, and social health. In this course, you will be immersed in the multifaceted aspects of the great outdoors. Through this exploration, you will gain insights into both the direct and indirect impacts of these experiences on your well-being, while contemplating their influence on your identity and your relationships with the nature.

Branching Out: Finding Community Wherever You Are

HEU 1706, 1 s.h.
Regardless of where you end up living after graduating from Elon, getting to know your community is essential to finding a sense of place, belonging, and connectedness. This course will provide you with ideas and best practices for entering a community. The course will use Alamance County as a backdrop, sharing information, opportunities, assets, and challenges about the community in our backyard. You will develop skills and strategies for being engaged and lifelong global citizens in whatever community you land in after your time at Elon.

Joyful Living: Embracing Gratitude and Joy for Balanced Life

HEU 1703, 1 s.h.
In our currently fast paced routines, we often miss moments of unexpected joy and gratitude.  Joyful Living: Embracing Gratitude and Joy for a Balanced Life is a transformative course designed to empower you to reflect on your personal values and incorporate gratitude and joy into your daily life. Through a combination of self-reflection, mindfulness exercises, and practical techniques, you will explore the profound impact of gratitude and joy on overall wellness and develop an action plan to integrate these practices beyond the course.

Climbing Wall Instructor Course

HEU 1702, 1 s.h.
This course is an extended version of the Climbing Wall Association Climbing Wall Instructor Course. The Climbing Wall Instructor certification program centers on educating and evaluating individual candidates, utilizing consensus certification standards developed by prominent professionals in the indoor climbing industry.

Additional spring 2024 course offerings

Self Defense

HEU 1020, 1 s.h.
This course offers instruction in self-defense techniques that are easy to learn and perform. Using techniques from various martial arts, students learn practical self-defense maneuvers for the most common real world situations from the perspective of personal safety.


HEU 1000, 1.s.h.
This course is an introductory tennis course. Students will apply learned skills, strategies and rules for singles and doubles play. The course includes an exploration of the history of tennis.

Lake and River Kayaking

HEU 1100, 1.s.h.
This is an introductory course in the basics of kayaking. Safety, technique and enjoyment are stressed. Instruction provides both an understanding of kayaking in rivers with rapids and on large open bodies of water where wind and waves can increase the level of difficulty. An ability to handle both recreational kayaks and touring kayaks is developed through practice. Includes three pool, three classroom, two river and three lake paddling sessions.


HEU 1720, 1.s.h.
This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in both badminton and pickleball.  Badminton is a traditional racquet sport and pickleball is a fast-growing paddle sport that combines the elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.  Students will receive instruction in skills for both sports including serves, drives, drop shots, and smashes.  Course content also includes history, rules, defensive and offensive strategies, drills and game play.  Classes will be held indoors.  Course Fee: $15.


HEU 1050, 1 s.h.
Golf I is an introductory course in the basics of the sport. Instruction will include all aspects of the game from the fundamentals of the swing to putting and chipping. Students will learn the rules and the etiquette of the game. The course also includes the opportunity to play nine holes of golf at a local golf course.

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