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Health & Wellness (BSSW)

Prepare for a career in health promotion and education

As a UD Health & Wellness major, you'll learn the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level career related to health promotion and health education. Courses also provide relevant prerequisites for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees.

You'll pursue an in-depth study in your area of concentration, choosing from one of two options:

  • Community Health: For those who want to work to improve health at a population level. Career options include working with public health agencies, non-profit organizations, and schools.
  • Health & Fitness: The intersection of understanding the business of taking care of our bodies. Students are prepared to be leaders in the booming wellness industry. Career options include working with fitness facilities (personal trainers & managers), corporate wellness programs, coaching, sales & marketing.

No matter which concentration you choose, you'll engage in a variety of activities to encourage both professional and personal growth. You'll complete practicums and internships connecting you to your future career. Hands-on learning varies by concentration and can include partnerships with local elementary schools, UD Campus Recreation, Dayton Athletics, and needs assessments with community partners.

  • 2

    concentrations to choose from

  • 25-30

    average class size

  • 100%

    of students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation

A High-Quality Education

Hands-On Learning Student Organizations Post-Graduate Destinations

Gain Skills for Your Future Career

Students receive innovative, hands-on experience from year one through community physical education programs, student-led organizations and research with faculty & peers. Students also work in groups to complete a capstone research project, allowing for original scholarly work. To assist with career exploration, students are exposed to a variety of professions and shadow professionals in the field. Students also take part in two mock interviews with representatives from a variety of organizations, including non-profit groups, hospital systems, collegiate athletic departments, and community recreation facilities.

Service Opportunities With Fellow Health and Wellness Students

Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for students in the UD Department of Health and Sport Science. Opportunities include leadership, service, shadowing professionals in the field, and participating in professional development programs.

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Where Will Our Programs Take You?

Graduates work in a variety of settings related to sport and wellness. The map highlights states where alumni are working or continuing their schooling after earning a their bachelor's degree.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about health & wellness? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by contacting You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Unique Lab Spaces

Four human-focused health labs allow students the opportunity engage in hands-on learning and research experiences. Facilities include a fitness assessment lab, human anatomy lab, human performance lab, and an integrative human physiology lab.

Student Research

Students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also participate in UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

Study Abroad

Summer programs in locations such as Chile, Portugal and Spain offer opportunities to explore food & diet, sport and culture through the lens of health and sport science.

Student Organizations

Be a part of UD student organizations created especially for health and sport science majors. Opportunities include shadowing, leadership, service, and professional development.

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Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships, co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of Health and Sport Science

Fitz Hall, Room 646
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2968


of students are employed, in grad school or in a full-time service program within six months of graduation