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Sport & Wellness (BSSW)

Prepare for a career in health promotion, health education or the sport industry

As a UD Sport & Wellness major, you'll learn the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level career related to health promotion, health education or the sport industry. 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 three 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.
  • Sport Management: Applied understanding of facilities, finance, human resource management, law, marketing, media and sales — and how they relate to sports. Includes a minor in Business Administration. Career options include working with collegiate & pro sports, public & private recreation, event management, media organizations, higher education, 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, and Dayton Athletics, needs assessments with community partners, and an annual philanthropy tournament.

  • 3

    concentrations to choose from

  • $250,000

    raised by Sport Management students to support philanthropy and career development

  • 98%

    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 professional sports teams (baseball, football, basketball, wrestling), non-profit groups, hospital systems, collegiate athletic departments, and community recreation facilities.

    Service Opportunities With Fellow Sport 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.

    Explore Student Organizations

    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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    Fitz Hall


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about sport & 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.

    Students in the Human Performance Lab

    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