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Health and Wellness Degree Helps Grad Land Health Coach Job [Video]

UW Extended Campus February 13, 2017
Jessica Waytashek running around her neighborhood

Editor’s note: The following blog post is about a UW Health and Wellness Management bachelor’s graduate. We are no longer admitting new students to the bachelor’s program. For more information about the UW Master’s in Health and Wellness Management program, click here.

A health and wellness degree helped Jessica Waytashek find a career for her passion: “I ended up really taking to jogging. I found that when I was out there by myself… it cleared my mind. And I felt this sense of relief when I finished. I could see how it made me feel better, and I wanted other people to have that same feeling.”

In her student video, the 2015 bachelor’s graduate says it was her passion for wellness that prompted her to seek out a new degree.


Living in rural Minnesota, she needed to attend college online, but most wellness degree programs were offered on-campus only. The online UW Health and Wellness Management program was unique. Even with a full-time job, family life, a wellness blog to manage, and a side job as a personal trainer, Jessica was able to finish her degree.

Before she graduated, Jessica landed a job as a health and wellness coordinator, because even in her rural area, wellness is a huge priority for employers.

Since we featured Jessica on our blog in 2015, she has started a new position as a health coach at Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company that provides dedicated, full-time health coaches to corporate partners.

Check out the rest of Jessica’s story in her new video!

Learn more about the UW Health and Wellness Management admission requirements, or talk with one of our enrollment advisers. To get started, call 608-800-6762, email, or schedule an advising call via Calendly.

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