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Health & Physical Education Majors for Undergraduates

The need is rising for skilled experts to deal with all aspects of human health. The fields of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, wellness, healthcare management, nutrition, physical education, community and global health, and complementary health therapies are growing at record rates.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with tracks in Health Science and Exercise Science offers a broad and intensive education in the relationship between lifestyle and health. These programs focus on developing professionals who will promote health and prevent disease across diverse areas in medical, community, nonprofit, corporate, and government settings. The curricular focus on the sciences makes this major a good fit for those students pursuing careers as healthcare professionals. Students often add a minor in one or more of the following disciplines: Biology, Psychology, Social Work, and SLP. Graduates have gone on to become medical doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, chiropractors, administrators, and more. Courses include General Chemistry, Physiology with Anatomy, Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Medical Terminology, Lifespan Development and Health, Women’s Health, Nutrition, and more.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion affords students two tracks to choose from: Fitness and Wellness or Public Health. Students choosing Fitness and Wellness take courses such as Fitness Measurement, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics/Kinesiology, Motor Development and Learning. Students may also choose from free electives such as Coaching, Preventing and Care of Athletic Injuries, and Exercise Testing & Prescription. They pursue careers in fitness training/fitness management, coaching, and wellness, as well as graduate or professional schools for physical therapy, exercise science, and other similar professions.

Public Health majors take courses such as Introduction to Public Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Health in Developing Countries, Community Health, and more. Student often choose to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and seek employment with municipalities, organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), hospital systems, and more.

Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education with Endorsement in K-12 Education offers core health studies and physical education aligned with both the State of New Jersey certification requirements and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for those students interested in obtaining a K–12 teaching certification. Courses include Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs (Service Learning), Principles of Coaching, Adapted Physical Education, International Adventure Education, Classroom Management, and many more. Graduates pursue K-12 and community teaching careers, coaching, administration, and more.