An Introduction To Wellness Programs


This online course takes a practical approach to worksite wellness, guiding you through the stages of program development. You’ll learn design principles, goals and objectives, how to implement and manage wellness initiatives, techniques for gaining employee participation, and what to expect as a return on investment. You’ll also examine legal issues, wellness ties to consumer health plans, and theories on healthy aging. If you are interested in developing wellness programs for health plan members, launching wellness activities in your own workplace, becoming a wellness advocate, or if you currently manage a wellness program, you will find everything you need to know about creating a culture of health at any organization.

What You’ll Learn

  • Knowledge of the basics of workplace wellness programs, including benefits to individual participants and opportunities for sponsoring organizations.
  • Understanding of program design elements and options, importance of health risk assessment, and how to establish timelines and budget parameters.
  • Insight about the important role of senior management; the need for a wellness committee; and reasons for considering age, gender, and diversity of the employee population in program design.
  • Steps for gathering data, evaluating outcomes, and achieving return on investment.
  • Awareness of legal issues under HIPAA, GINA, ADA, ERISA, and health care reform that may apply.
  • Approaches to healthy aging, including ways wellness programs can help workers postpone infirmities associated with chronic diseases.
  • Perspectives on various models of care, including patient-centered medical homes, accountable care organizations, and value-based insurance design, and how these approaches can be combined with wellness programs.
  • A closer look at related concepts, such as value-based insurance design and patient-centered medical homes as they apply to wellness.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Corporate decision-makers
  • Human resource personnel
  • Benefits specialists
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Wellness managers
  • Health insurance agents and underwriters
  • Occupational health professionals
  • Health, fitness, and rehabilitation professionals
  • Long-term care professionals


  • $195 AHIP Members
  • $255 Non-members

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Earn a Designation

This course is good towards earning the following professional designation:

Fellow, Health Insurance Advanced Studies (FHIAS)