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A Career Guide for the Exercise Science and Health Promotion Major


Exercise science deals with the study of the immediate and long-term effects of physical activity on the human body. Health promotion encompasses all of the components involved in the total well-being of an individual, exploring the social, spiritual, biological, mental, emotional, and environmental aspects of optimal health.

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (ESHP) is a curriculum that covers a wide spectrum of issues involving human physiology and its proper physical and psychological maintenance. Additionally, the curriculum addresses various disease states and their responses to healthy life-style changes. The FAU ESHP program offers a wide variety of course work with an increasing focus on total Health Promotion.

This program is designed to prepare students for careers in clinical, corporate, commercial, and/or community physical fitness and health promotion. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine Certification Exam in the specialty area of Health/Fitness Instructor (HFI) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association-C.S.C.S. exam or the CHES exam.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Working with people
  • Research
  • Medically oriented fields
  • Instructing/training
  • Solving problems
  • Coaching
  • Health Promotion issues
  • Physical fitness
  • Sports Activities
Aptitudes
  • Independence
  • Working independently and with others
  • Patience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Decisiveness
  • Creativity
  • Detail oriented
  • Responsible

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Candidates for a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion (ESHP) must complete all University and General Education Requirements, including College Algebra, Computer Information Systems, General Psychology, Anatomy/Physiology and General Chemistry with lab. The Upper-Division requirements cover a wide spectrum of issues involving exercise physiology and health promotion. The preventive role exercise plays in proper physical and psychological maintenance and in combating cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal degeneration is studied. An introduction to behavioral change models related to health promotion/education is also studied.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Exercise Science and Health Promotion graduates:

Training Coordinator
Therapist
Educator
Marketing Specialist
Researcher
Activities Director
Health Educator
Health Club Trainer
Special Interest Group Consultant
Personal Consultant/Trainer
Gerontology Health and Fitness Professional
Sports Writer
Sales Associate

FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

The College of Education
Boca Raton Campus, College of Education Building Room 210, (ED 210)
561-297-3564

Davie Campus, ES Building Room 203, (ES 203)
954-236-1025

Jupiter Campus,  TCC105C
561-799-8638

Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion
Davie Campus, ES Building Room 289, (ES 289)
954-236-1260


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Education and the Department of Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

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