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B.A./B.S. in Applied Health & Fitness

Explore the fields of exercise, physical activity, and health

The OHSU-PSU collaborative School of Public Health is an innovative structure, in which we bring the best of two universities to you. Our design is a product of our innovative spirit and values: we bring that approach to you, working to chart your path into clinical, educational, policy, and direct-service health careers.

In the BA/BS in Applied Health and Fitness you will explore and apply the most current research and science in the field of exercise, physical activity, and health. With three specialized focus areas (Fitness and Exercise, Health Coaching, and Fitness for Special Populations), we provide you with a core foundation in public health and specialized skills in exercise science that positions you to excel in the career path you seek.

We offer:

  • Tailored, individualized advising and mentorship
  • Expert faculty with extensive research and real-world experience
  • Innovative curricula – we bring the community to you through guest speakers, applied learning activities and a focus on current issues – all focusing on developing solutions to real-world problems
  • Experiential learning -we bring you to the community through a mentored internship
  • Faculty and career development opportunities from both universities

Our alumni build careers in the fitness industry, corporate wellness, and in recreation facilities, as well as in health coaching. They are also well prepared to enter into graduate teacher education programs to earn licensure to teach physical education in a school setting.

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Applied Health & Fitness Careers

With a bachelor degree in Applied Health and Fitness, alumni have found work in community- based organizations and facilities, schools, and health and rehabilitative settings, including as:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Health and wellness program manager
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Fitness Center Manager
  • Weight loss coach
  • Sports Coach
  • Physical Education teacher
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health promotion program coordinator
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Assistant

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Core Competencies

Students in the BS/BA Applied Health & Fitness program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic public health concepts, methods, and evidenced based approaches, and the role public health plays in the health of individuals
  • Assess health and fitness in individuals, and understand how the human body adapts and responds to physical activity
  • Apply critical thinking skills to evaluate health and fitness research
  • Apply ethical and empirically based methods to design, implement, and evaluate programs to improve health and fitness