Professions in the fields of Kinesiology and Nutrition have experienced incredible growth in the face of the rising costs of medical care, health insurance and obesity. Not only are individuals and corporate employers seeing the need for achieving and maintaining health, but the healthcare industry is also fortifying their educational and rehabilitative services in the areas of nutrition, exercise and nutrition. Students in Kinesiology and Nutrition are well prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of the diverse careers growing out of the prevention movement.
Health and Exercise Science graduates find careers in fitness, corporate wellness, education and healthcare. Nutrition graduates who pursue the Coordinated Dietetics Program will work in a variety of clinical settings and in the community. Those students who choose the Health Promotion concentration will find employment in a variety of community settings. Many students in both degree programs will continue their education in a wide variety of graduate degree programs.
Programs offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition provide the expertise and skills required to achieve career and graduate school goals in any health promotion, fitness or nutrition area they may select.
Prepare to Succeed
The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers two different bachelor’s degree programs, each with two different concentrations, and Nutrition. Concentrations within the Health and Exercise Science degree include health and wellness, and kinesiology. Concentrations within the Nutrition degree program include health promotion and the coordinated program in dietetics.
Health and Exercise Science program graduates become the movers and shakers of the health world—literally. Graduates enter the workforce or continue their education with a full “toolbox” of applied knowledge and skills which they have practiced in real-life settings. Knowledge gained through both in-classroom study and experiential learning means Health and exercise science students are prepared to motivate behavior change, prescribe exercise, educate clients and facilitate healthy lifestyles for children through aging adults.
Similarly, a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve quality of life through changes in eating and relationships with food. Through the study of food science, nutrition science, biological science and social science, students apply behavior change principles, management strategies and communication techniques to improve the availability and consumption of healthy foods for individuals, groups and populations.
Our professors have served extensively in both clinical and practical settings. Many hold specialized licenses and certifications. Both full-time and adjunct faculty in the department have practiced their respective professions in careers outside of academia for years before accepting the responsibility of educating college students. Registered Dietitians, Certified Exercise Physiologists and Exercise Specialists, Chiropractors, Secondary Educators, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches and Business Owners, all share their personal career experiences with their students providing illustrations of and insights into their future employment.
Students will also witness the value of teamwork during classes, where professors collaborate and offer assistance to enhance learning. Professors’ open communication with each other stimulates learning opportunities and encourages conversations beyond the classroom.
Our Results Speak for Themselves
A degree is only as good as its practical application. Our Nutrition program is in its infancy, but already we have graduates employed in:
- Clinical Dietetics
- Home Health Care Facilities
- Food equipment Sales
- Long-Term Care Facilities
- Grocery Stores
- Fitness Facilities
After studying Health and Exercise Science at USF, graduates have attained positions in:
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Corporate Wellness
- Athletic and Fitness Coaching
- Facilities Management and Marketing
- Ownership of Businesses
- Long-Term Care
- Disabilities Services
- Exercise Instruction
Many students complete an associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) while finishing the bachelor’s degree and choose to work as PTA’s in various healthcare settings. Students often continue their education in graduate programs in Physical Therapy, Kinesiology, Business, Psychology, Physician’s Assistant, Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine.
Practical professional experience, community service and continual contact with alumni have allowed our professors to develop a vast network within the greater Fort Wayne healthcare and wellness community. We connect students and professionals in a variety of settings from internships and practicum to service learning and public presentations.
Our Exercise Science students partner with the employees of local businesses, assessing their fitness and offering them individualized exercise plans and training. Our Nutrition students have performed cooking demonstrations for Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner and a local health fair. Professors and students work side by side in a variety of service initiatives both on and off campus, creating a relationship beyond the small classrooms and the one-on-one advising.
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