The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health offers the Applied Health and Fitness degree for students with interests in physical activity and exercise. A background in the basic sciences — including introductory biology/human anatomy and physiology — is critical for understanding the mechanisms through which many physical activity and exercise interventions operate. It is therefore important for students interested in the role of physical activity and exercise and health to be prepared to learn about scientifically sound principles that are based on physiology as well as policy.
An internship experience is an important and required part of the curriculum. The School of Public Health supports all students in gaining practical experience related to the work they are interested in pursuing by enrolling in the PHE 404 Internship.
Careers associated with this major typically include those associated with health clubs, sports-related organizations, corporate wellness facilities, government health departments, and teaching physical education within a public or private school setting. Alumni have found opportunities with the following employers: Adidas, 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, The Multnomah Athletic Club, Quality Health Solutions, Fred Meyer Wellness program, various positions within Parks and Recreation, and more.