New self-study online course available in late 2021! 


This comprehensive, peer-reviewed, self-study course is designed for workplace wellness, human resources, benefits, and interdisciplinary professionals who are responsible for the management and maintenance of workplace wellness laws, procedures, and practices. Gain a deeper understanding of the laws that impact workplace wellness program design and implementation. 

Knowing what wellness programs can and cannot do under the law is vital to a strong, compliant program. This course gives a basic overview of law and the United States' legal system and dives into a wide array of legal topics that can influence the impact of a workplace wellness program. 

Questions this course addresses include: 

  • What workplace wellness laws do I need to know? 
  • Why should I apply the workplace wellness laws? 
  • How do I apply the workplace wellness laws? 

The textbook, Rule the Rules or Workplace Wellness Programs (2nd Edition), by Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH, and JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, serves as the core textbook for the course, which is supplemented by online study guides for each chapter. Participants must pass a final open-book online exam and complete the course evaluation to earn their professional certificate and any applicable continuing education credits.  

Who is this course designed for?

  • Workplace wellness directors and managers 
  • Workplace wellness professionals 
  • Health educators 
  • Insurance agents 
  • Workplace wellness vendors 
  • Employee benefits professionals 
  • Health Coaches  
  • Human resources professionals 
  • Health plan underwriters 
  • Occupational health professionals 
  • Lawyers
  • Graduate students in wellness/health promotion (take this course as an independent study course for academic credit with advisor approval) 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • describe how the law and risk management pertain to workplace wellness  
  • understand and appreciate the many red flags that arise in workplace wellness programs, particularly those that tie incentives to achievement  
  • intelligently discuss workplace wellness legal issues with legal counsel 
  • educate and train workplace wellness staff to help them provide compliant and effective programs 
  • develop a “compliance culture” in the workplace 
  • develop, implement, and modify, as necessary, workplace wellness program plans  
  • explain how knowledge and application of workplace wellness laws can: 
    • reduce costly legal claims and lawsuits that can occur in high legal risk workplace wellness programs 
    • enhance the quality of workplace wellness programs and services 
    • improve workplace wellness program effectiveness and efficiency 
    • increase wellness program participation and decrease costs 


Coming soon! 

Registration for this course will be offered through the National Wellness Institute. Join our mailing list to be notified when more information is available. 

If you have questions about a program you completed previously or about this course, please contact us at 


Phone: 715.342.2969 

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