Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Adam Butler, advisor


Employee health promotion--Public opinion; Universities and colleges--Employees--Attitudes;


Wellness programs are commonly used by employers as a way to reduce health care costs and improve perceived organizational support. The purpose of this study is to examine employee attitudes towards workplace wellness programs in order to understand ways to improve participation. The research was conducted on a sample of 556 faculty and staff members at a public university in Iowa. An online survey was distributed to all employee email addresses, and questions targeted the three main constructs of the Health Belief Model as well as age, gender, perceived health, past participation, and intended future participation. Findings were consistent with all eight research hypotheses regarding the relationships between the Health Belief Model and predictors. Major conclusions of the research include the validity of the Health Belief Model in predicting employee participation, the importance of age and gender considerations when designing and promoting wellness programs, and the positive effect of perceived benefits and past participation in encouraging future participation.

Year of Submission



Department of Psychology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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