University Health Service

University of Michigan model of well-being

For Fall 2020 and beyond...

Adjusting to life in a pandemic, we know students are more in need of community and well-being strategies than ever before. We've adapted our popular 15-week course, ALA 240: Living Well in College and Beyond to meet the challenges of these unique times. FOUR sections available in Fall 2020, including a brand new section for student leaders. 

2-credit wellness course -- ALA 240: Living Well in College and Beyond

This course is taught in collaboration with Wolverine Wellness, Student Life, and The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

This class will explore the 8 dimensions of well-being through a lens of positive psychology, behavior change/motivation, social justice, and intercultural development. We will discuss how these elements intersect with COVID and other pressing college public health concerns [such as racism, alcohol and other drugs, loneliness, mental health, etc]. Students will explore the ways that well-being is dynamic and interdependent. The course will look at evidence-based strategies to integrate health and wellness as part of success, build resilience to manage the fluctuations of life, make thoughtful choices that reduce harm and promote well-being, and find meaning and purpose.

Course Objectives: During this course, students will... 

  • Analyze the interrelationships among the eight dimensions of well-being 
  • Identify factors that promote or impede community connectedness, inclusion, and health equity
  • Explore the relationship between one’s identities and values, and individual and community well-being
  • Develop a better understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth
  • Integrate health and wellness as part of success 
  • Build resilience and positive coping skills to manage the fluctuations of life
  • Make thoughtful choices that reduce harm and promote well-being
  • Integrate values, meaning and purpose with well-being
  • Experiment with asking for help and utilizing campus resources. 

Any Questions? Please email us at wellnesscourse@umich.edu