Health and Fitness Promotion

The Health and Fitness Promotion major, a nonteaching major that emphasizes wellness, is your gateway to the healthcare industry.

Students interested in promoting health enjoy professional opportunities that serve a variety of populations. The most visible opportunities are in corporate/worksite settings or are connected to clinical settings (hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and sports medicine centers). Many programs and opportunities are also available in the private sector (health clubs, fitness chains, and private health promotion/fitness businesses), community agencies (municipal parks and recreation, YMCA/YWCAs, voluntary health agencies), and government agencies (local, state, and federal health agencies, military, and law enforcement). Students may elect to pursue special certification as a certified health education specialist (CHES) and/or pursue graduate degrees in health promotion or related fields of study such as public health, physical therapy, nursing, or nutrition.

In addition to a strong foundation in coursework in the health, physical education, and management disciplines, our health and fitness promotion majors benefit from connecting academics to the real world through internships. A multitude of opportunities exist for students to gain on-the-job learning experiences in a wide variety of settings.


  • Health promotion/health education specialist in worksite settings, community settings, or voluntary or official health agencies
  • Worksite, corporate, or community wellness director
  • Patient educator in clinical/hospital settings
  • College/university professor
  • Public health programming
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Coach
  • Fitness Coordinator
  • Exercise Specialist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Strength Coach
  • Wellness Coach