Online Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences – Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles and fitness science online is designed for those who are passionate about the lifestyle-based aspects of health and wellness. By combining the study of exercise and nutrition with human behavior and motivation, this program provides you with a solid background in preventative health care and prepares you for certification in the top health and wellness fields. Upon graduation, you can work in clinical settings, private or community-based organizations or as an entrepreneur.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 07/01/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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Develop the skills you need for a career in health and wellness

This program combines the study of health education and promotion, health coaching and fitness science. You’ll gain the abilities needed to lead individuals and communities in improving their health. Key learning areas include nutrition, exercise, stress management, behavior change, social determinants of health and health promotion management.

Additionally, you’ll learn to communicate effectively, employ emotional intelligence and build relationships with clients to help them reach their health goals. You’ll also gain competencies in community advocacy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology coaching, scientific writing, social media literacy and more.

Tailor your coursework to match your career goals

This healthy lifestyles and fitness science concentration is customizable to support your professional goals. You’ll develop a foundation and then specialize your studies through a track that equips you to pursue nationally accredited certification. Available tracks include:

  • Fitness science
    • This track prepares you to assess clients, as well as design and deliver individualized fitness plans that focus on improving cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and lifestyle habits to help them maximize their health potential. Upon completion, you can pursue certification as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Health and wellness coaching
    • This track delves into the art and science of coaching for improved health and well-being. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for the Certified Health and Wellness Coach exam through the American Council of Exercise. Additionally, with one extra course, you can also take the exam to become credentialed by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches.
  • Health education and health promotion
    • In this track, you’ll focus on assessing and advocating for individual and community health needs. You’ll also learn how to develop, lead and evaluate health promotion programs. You’ll graduate equipped to take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Professional licensure and certification

Completing this program can qualify you to sit for various professional licensure or certification exams. We recommend you visit our professional licensure page for the contact information of the appropriate licensing or certifying entity to seek information about requirements in the state you intend to practice. If you have questions, please email CHS@asu.edu.

Will my diploma 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.”

Health, wellness and fitness science courses

In your core courses, you’ll build knowledge on healthy eating, cultural influences on health and using artificial intelligence in health settings. In your track, your courses will hone in on specific areas of health and wellness. Topics may include diabetes prevention, sexual health, social media and health, behavior change methodologies, coaching communication, fitness programming and more. To culminate the program, you’ll also participate in hands-on, experiential learning.


Prepare for jobs in health and wellness and more

As rates of preventable diseases and related costs continue to rise, there’s a growing demand for professionals who can drive lifestyle-based solutions on health care teams. Upon graduation, you can seek health, wellness and fitness-related positions in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, corporate and nonprofit organizations, public health agencies, universities and more. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Athletic Trainer


Growth: 14.1 %
Salary: $53,840

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)


Growth: 7.2 %
Salary: $59,990

Coach


Growth: 9.2 %
Salary: $44,890

Community Health Worker


Growth: 14.1 %
Salary: $46,190

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 6.1 %
Salary: $76,480

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator


Growth: 4.3 %
Salary: $56,090

Health Care Support Worker (General)


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $40,420

Healthcare Professor


Growth: 19.1 %
Salary: $100,300

Medical and Health Services Manager


Growth: 28.4 %
Salary: $104,830

Learn alongside certified experts in health education and coaching

Our faculty brings a high level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Learn alongside certified experts in health education and coaching

Our faculty brings a high level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Developing the health workforce of the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5 million


in research expenditures.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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