The Health Promotion and Fitness major prepares students to work in fields related to health and fitness, exercise science, nutrition, and lifestyle management and or to continue to a graduate program of study. You will work in a hands-on environment as a sophomore through a 172-hour experience followed by a minimum of 430 practical hours as a senior in an internship setting.
Why Health Promotion and Fitness?
Students choose this major if they desire to work in public or community health, as a strength and conditioning coach at the high school or collegiate level, as an exercise specialist in a clinical setting, or as a group fitness leader/personal trainer in a corporate or commercial fitness center. Your faculty advisor will work with you to detemine the direction in this field that might be best for you.
Earn the Degree
The coursework prepares you to take fitness assessments, prescribe exercise programs commensurate with the client's needs and goals, educate people about basic nutritional concepts, gives you knowledge and practice in leading individuals with special conditions, diseases, and disorders, and the chance to learn about the organization and management of a fitness/wellness facility.
There are elective classes to prepare you for certification as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and group fitness instructor. Most students graduate with the American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer certification (ACSM CPT), and/or the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS), and/or USAW Sport Performance Coach certification and/or group of fitness certification (usually from ACSM, AFAA or NETA).
Contact Dr. Kim Fischer for more information about the Health Promotion Program.
Health/fitness/recreation related areas such as corporate fitness/wellness programs, cardiac rehabilitation, YMCA/YWCA's/private health and commercial fitness clubs, government or private agencies, college and university athletic teams or recreational facilities and community recreation centers.
Otterbein University requires all seniors in our Allied Health, Health Education, Health Promotion and Fitness, and Sport Management programs to complete an internship. This opportunity allows you to integrate your formal academic preparation with a semester-long practical work experience.
The goals of the internship program are:
- To enhance your professional growth.
- To further your understanding and appreciation of the role, duties, and responsibilities of a health or sport professional.
- To further the development of a central core of values, attitudes, skills, and information related to the world of work through experiences outside the classroom and campus environment.
- To add depth and relevance to your classroom work.
- To enable you to gain a sense of different career fields and of specific jobs within each of these fields.
- To improve your job-search and interviewing skills.
What is an Internship?
Internships are semester long commitments (hours requirement varies by major and site) designed to give you pre-professional associations with sponsoring organizations. Internship opportunities are available during the entire calendar year.
How Long Does the Internship Last?
The duration of the internship is based the degree requirements of your major. Please consult with your advisor well in advance to plan this aspect of your education.
Otterbein's Internship Strengths
It's all about location, location, location. Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, and its surrounding communities offer many opportunities for you to gain access to a wide variety of work settings including government, corporations, commercial, recreational, and public and private agencies.
Where Our Students Intern
Recently, our students have interned at:
- Cooper Fitness Institute in Dallas, Texas
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Urban Active and Lifestyle Fitness in the Columbus area
- Summit Vision in Columbus
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- University of Notre Dame at South Bend in the Athletic Department's Strength and Condition Program
- OUS Athletics
- The Ohio State University in the Athletic Department's Strength and Conditioning Program
- U.S. Olympic Training Facility, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- University of Louisville in the Athletic Department's Strength and Conditioning Program
- NCAA, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Ohio University in the Athletic Department's Strength and Conditioning Program
- University of Southern Florida in the Athletic Department's Strength and Conditioning Program
- Nike, Beaverton, Oregon
- IMG, Cleveland, OH
- Cleveland Cavaliers
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