Collaborate with renowned faculty and bright, curious students at the John and Janice Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology. We are committed to preparing you to promote wellness across the life span among families, communities, and cultures.

Broad Impact

Interdisciplinary programs provide you with the opportunity to find real-world solutions to real-world problems. You will explore the field in a range of clinical and educational settings through a blend of engaging course work, service, and research. We value the seven dimensions of wellness, and our programs reflect this holistic model that recognizes the environmental, intellectual, social, emotional, vocational, and spiritual aspects of wellness.

We offer the following degrees and certificates:

  • master's degree in wellness management
  • master's degree in applied gerontology
  • undergraduate minor in applied gerontology
  • undergraduate minor in workplace wellness
  • certificates in applied gerontology

Learn more about our programs.

Community Engagement

Collaborative and immersive learning opportunities are at the core of our mission. We value the application of classroom study to serve the community and advance our understanding of health and aging. That approach distinguishes us as a leader in preparing collaborative and innovative graduates.

Internships provide you with the opportunity to forge lasting bonds with professionals and health care centers in the community. Graduate assistantships within the institute enable you to gain research, scholarly, and teaching experience. Assistantships require 20 hours or work each week in return for a tuition waiver, stipend, and some perks.

Our services include school and corporate wellness initiatives and outreach programs for older adults. We also host the Kirkpatrick Lecture Series—a community educational program that invites leaders in the field to speak about wellness and gerontology efforts. The institute supports the Community Center for Vital Aging (CCVA) and its mission to enhance the lives of older adults in the Muncie/Delaware County community through creative, cultural, and intergenerational programs.

Collaborations with community partners have led to:

  • development and investigation of a multidimensional systems model for lifespan wellness
  • application of the Ball State Model for Wellness in assessment of individuals, worksite programs, health care facilities, and community organizations
  • identification of effective techniques for reducing health care costs, motivating people to practice wellness-related activities, and the effects of health behaviors on longevity, morbidity, and mortality

Lasting Bonds

Although our research interests vary, we are a strong community of faculty, students, alumni, and friends who support each other in the classroom and in life after Ball State.

We welcome our alumni, retirees, and friends to continue to build relationships with us. Your expertise and support provide students with the confidence and connections to succeed within our program and beyond. Whether you share professional experiences with a class, establish a scholarship, or facilitate a partnership—our program is eager to connect you with students and faculty engaged in innovative research and study related to the field. Contact us to share your story and learn about program news and events.

Learn more about what sets our program apart, or if you’re ready, apply now.

The Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP), Room 302
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8259 or (toll free) 888-935-5278
Fax: 765-285-8237