Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science
This innovative Bachelor of Science in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles and fitness science is the first in the nation focused on preparing students for both the health and wellness coaching and fitness science fields. By combining exercise, wellness, nutrition and health sciences, this program provides you with a solid background in preventative health care. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to become a leader in the expanding fields of health, personal wellness and health promotion.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a health sciences degree with a concentration in health and fitness?
This online health sciences degree uses an interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the skills needed to work in the preventative side of health care. You’ll use lifestyle coaching, physical activity and health care education to improve the health of the community you serve.
You’ll also explore fitness, nutrition, healthy eating, stress management and cultural aspects of health and research-based practices in health and wellness coaching. After finishing this program, you’ll be able to pursue a range of employment opportunities within the health and wellness fields. You can also choose to continue your education in diverse health care fields such as nutrition, exercise science, psychology or public health among others.
What health and wellness coaching training will I get with this degree?
In this program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge in the areas of nutrition, fitness and mindfulness practices. You'll also learn about the core competencies of the health and wellness coaching profession. These include skills in relationship-building, active listening, powerful questioning, positive psychology and motivational interviewing.
Will I become a certified health coach or personal trainer with this degree?
Upon completing this program you may sit for a nationally accredited, advanced certification in the health and fitness area, such as the American College of Sports Medicine’s certified personal trainer exam. What is more, after completing the degree and one supervised coaching practical course, you’ll be eligible for the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches.
Will my healthy lifestyles and fitness science degree concentration say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in health sciences. Your concentration in healthy lifestyles and fitness science will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
Health and wellness courses
Through these health and wellness courses, you’ll gain skills in motivational interviewing, positive psychology, goal setting, active listening and relationship building. Required courses examine human nutrition and the foundation of health and fitness science. Elective courses cover conflict management, violence prevention, body image and community health. Key courses include:
CHS 300: An Exploration of Well-Being (SB)
CHS 100: Optimizing Your Health and Performance (SB)
HSC 440: Health Coaching Concepts and Skills
EXW 344: Impact of Physical Activity on Health and Disease (L)
EXW 425: Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellness
NTR 360: Nutrition Entrepreneurship
EXW 335: Physical Activity and Physiological Concepts
EXW 215: Resistance Training and Recovery Techniques
What jobs can you get with a concentration in healthy lifestyles and fitness?
As rates of preventable chronic diseases and associated costs continue to rise, there’s been an increased focus on strategies to support behavior change in health care. With the ongoing emphasis on preventative health care, it is expected that there will be an increase in career opportunities in health care and industries related to health and wellness. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to fill these in-demand roles in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, public health agencies and nonprofit organizations. Potential career paths include:
Admission requirements for the healthy lifestyles and fitness science degree concentration
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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