Kinesiology—Health and Fitness Specialist

Kinesiology is the concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological and physiological perspectives. The Kinesiology — Health and Fitness Specialization program at Western is appropriate for students who plan to work in fitness/exercise, coaching, or rehabilitation where human movement and exercise prescription are the focus. Additionally, this degree can serve as the gateway degree to the allied health professions (physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant) or preparation for post-baccalaureate study in other areas such as exercise physiology, health/ fitness, biomechanics, physical therapy, sport psychology, nutrition, and human growth and motor development. Supporting courses from biology, chemistry, computer science, communications, health education, and physics are included to provide more in-depth analysis of principles associated with human structure and function. 

Western’s Health and Human Development Department is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“Throughout my tenure at Western, I have been inspired by the combined and dedicated efforts of both physical education and kinesiology faculty and students to passionately pursue the study and practices of health, fitness, and human performance.”

–Ralph A. Vernacchia, Ph.D., Emeritus Faculty and Founder of the Center for Performance Excellence

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the program participate in field or internship experiences, but also have the opportunity to make connections with peers and professionals through the Kin Club. The Kinesiology Club is devoted to helping students prepare for future careers by creating friendships, developing leadership skills, participating in events, interacting with health-care and fitness professionals, and learning how to become competitive candidates for careers and graduate schooling.

Careers and Graduate Studies

The program prepares professionals who are skilled in evaluating health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative health habits and maintain positive lifestyle behaviors for optimal health. Health and fitness specialists conduct these activities in the university, clinical, corporate, and commercial or community settings where their clients participate in health promotion and fitness-related activities. This specialization is appropriate preparation for graduate study in exercise physiology and cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation.

Sample Careers

Health and Fitness Specialization Careers: 

  • Wellness Coordinator 
  • Health Club Manager 
  • Personal Trainer 

Additional Career Options: 

  • Fitness Product Sales 
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Sales 
  • Biomedical Research 
  • Biomedical Sales 
  • Athletic Trainer* 
  • Nutrition Specialist* 

*with post-baccalaureate study

Department of Health and Human Development

Kinesiology—Health and Fitness Specialist, BS

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