College of Education - Specialization: Health Promotion and Fitness Management
Specialization: Health Promotion and Fitness Management
The Health Promotion and Fitness Management undergraduate specialization was awarded the Distinguished Undergraduate Program Award for 2010 by the National Wellness Institute. The Award committee reviewed 278 health promotion undergraduate programs in the U.S. and selected three to receive this award in its inaugural year
Theresa Cone, Ph.D.
Field Experience Coordinator
Program Advisor for Entry Level
What is Health Promotion and Fitness Management (HPFM)?
Health Promotion is a process of supporting, training and encouraging others in the pursuit of well-being in all dimensions of a person’s life, including Social, Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Intellectual, Environmental and Spiritual. Personal health behavior is significant, as individuals are encouraged to adopt and maintain positive lifestyles through a variety of awareness, educational and motivational strategies. While fitness is a component of health promotion, it is highlighted in the title to reflect the strong emphasis on exercise science within this specialization of the HES Department. The specialization also emphasizes the management of health promotion and fitness interventions, preparing students with the administrative and business skills they need to successfully implement HPFM programs.
What kinds of careers are available in HPFM?
Corporations offer health promotion and fitness programs to their employees (and sometimes dependents and retirees) to reduce health risks and improve productivity. Their programs are staffed with college-prepared professionals who develop and manage programs and provide education, counseling and training to clients.
Clinical settings, such as those in cardiovascular or pulmonary rehabilitation, utilize health promotion and fitness professionals to work with patients as they recover from illness or injury. Professionals educate, train and monitor individual clients in a medical setting. Increasing numbers of hospitals are also offering health promotion programs to the community to maintain and improve their health.
Community settings, such as the YMCA, offer a wide range of health promotion, fitness and recreation programmed and require a variety of professional skills. Programs and services may target children, teens, senior citizens and other special populations. As non-profit organizations, their goal is to improve the health and well-being of members of their identified community.
The HPFM degree specialization also prepares students for graduate-level academic programs in physical and occupational therapy, exercise physiology, business management and administration, health education and public health. While an undergraduate degree is sufficient to obtain a professional position in the field, a master’s degree will provide more options and greater growth potential.
We strive to prepare students to enter a profession in an expanding field with the potential for finding an entry level position with opportunities for career advancement and strong compensation.
Graduates are well-prepared to enter corporate, hospital, community agency, and commercial settings with skills including the following:
- Program Development
- Administration and Evaluation
- Health Education and Behavior Change Counseling
- Exercise Testing and Prescription
- Marketing, Management
- Communication of Program Initiatives