Why Study Health and Exercise Science?

If you want to help people, and you care about health and fitness, consider studying Health and Exercise Science. USF’s hands-on program gives you the practical skills employers expect.

USF classes build your health and fitness skills. We have mock-clinic and health facilities right on campus. We limit the number of students using these facilities, so you can get individual attention from professors. They’ll get to know you, and help you master the skills you’ll need to start your career.

Personalize Your Education at USF

Your Health and Exercise Science degree lets you shape your education and your skill set. A concentration helps you prepare for a specialized career and a variety of certification exams.

Community Health Promotion

Get prepared and qualified to pass the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. You’ll then be able to:

  • Develop, implement, and interpret health risk assessments
  • Plan, develop, and evaluate individual and group educational programs
  • Manage and administer health promotion programs

Wellness and Fitness

Qualify for the Certified Personal Trainer and Health Fitness Instructor (ACSM) exams. You’ll then be able to:

  • Prepare yourself for advanced degrees in exercise science
  • Work in adult and children’s athletic programs or fitness centers

Exercise Science

Get prepared to attend graduate school for an advanced degree in athletic training, exercise physiology or physical therapy.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said health and exercise science students have:

  • Motivational skills to help others
  • Listening skills to better understand your clients’ fitness goals
  • Communication skills to demonstrate and explain
  • Physical fitness

Skills You'll Obtain

Analyze personal goals to personalize exercise and fitness plans

Measure blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rhythms

Determine basal metabolism and body fat percentage

After Graduation

After studying Health and Exercise Science at USF, you could get a job in personal training, lifestyle coaching, athletic facilities management, exercise rehabilitation, strength coaching, community health education or health promotion. You have a lot of career options:

Types of places you can work after you graduate include:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation programs
  • Centers for disabled individuals
  • Chiropractic clinics
  • Fitness centers
  • YMCA