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The Department of Health, Wellness, and Physical Education (HWPE), emphasizes the implications of health practices on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The programs are designed to develop an understanding of the human body related to nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Through a holistic perspective, students examine major health risks and diseases affecting communities, and explore the ways to promote health and wellness through lifestyle and behavioral change throughout the lifespan. If you are interested in a mind-body-spirit approach to health and wellness, then WAU HWPE is where you belong!

Career Opportunities

The Health Science and Health/Fitness Management degrees prepare students for entry-level careers in traditional health settings such as hospitals, private medical offices, public health agencies, and non-profit organizations. Opportunities also exist in preventive health services for corporate wellness centers, college health services, and insurance agencies. Example professions include: Health Educators, Public Health Project Coordinators, Health Consultant, Wellness Coach, and Health Program Planners…to name a few. These degrees can integrate pre-professional curricula (such as Pre-physical therapy, Pre-occupational therapy, Pre-medicine, Pre-dentistry, and Pre-public health) which qualify students for graduate degree programs.
The Physical Education and Fitness & Sport Science degrees prepares students for sport-related careers, including teaching physical education, coaching, sport facility management, and sport communication fields. Example professions include: PE Teacher, Athletic Coach, Personal Trainer, Fitness Facility Manager, Sports Reporter/Commentator, Sports Analyst, and many other opportunities.

Programs Offered

BS: Fitness & Sport Science
BS: Health/Fitness Management
BS: Health Science
BS: Physical Education Teacher Certification

Minors:
Physical Education
Sports Administration/Coaching

Department Information

Dr. Denise R. Hinds, Chair
Phone: 301-891-4457
Health Science Building #7, Room 108

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