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Sport & Wellness (BSSW)

As a UD Sport & Wellness major, you'll start on the path towards a career related to health promotion, education and the sport industry. You'll pursue an in-depth study in your area of concentration, choosing from one of three options:

  • Community Health: For individuals 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.


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

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Unique Lab Spaces

Four unique laboratories 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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