Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science), BS

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You can help people improve their daily lives and coach them on how to maintain healthy habits over time. Get the skills needed to help people and communities enhance their well-being.

The Bachelor of Science in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles and fitness science provides students the skills they need for employment in health and wellness fields or for continuing their education in graduate and professional school.

Students train for work in preventive health care and learn how to use lifestyle coaching, physical activity and health care education to improve the health of the communities they serve. They learn best practices in health promotion to help people adopt and maintain healthier habits and address the challenges reflected by socio-economic determinants of health. Students study diverse disciplines such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, substance abuse, behavior change and coaching psychology.

Students who complete this degree and one additional course are eligible for national certification for health and wellness coaches offered by National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches: http://www.nbhwc.org. After successful completion they may sit for nationally accredited certification in health and fitness, such as American College of Sports Medicine's certification for personal trainers: http:/www.acsm.org.

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Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness Science), BS

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National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching seal of approval

Completion of this program and one additional course fulfills the requirements needed to sit for the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching Examination and become a certified health and wellness coach.

Certification and licensure

The College of Health Solutions prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.

Career outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health coaches and health educators is projected to grow 21% between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

Health, wellness and fitness coaches work in hospitals and health care facilities, schools, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, prevention agencies (e.g., American Heart Association), lifestyle and weight management consulting firms, outpatient fitness centers, university fitness and wellness centers, and private businesses.

Specialty areas may include:

  • bariatric weight loss clinic counseling and management
  • corporate fitness and worksite wellness

Career options include positions such as:

  • elder service or congregate meal program coordinator
  • fitness center director
  • group exercise specialist
  • health and patient educator
  • corporate wellness coordinator
  • personal training
  • physical therapy technician
  • school health and nutrition program specialist
  • women, infants, children, and community nutrition aide
  • worksite wellness coach or coordinator

Graduates are also well prepared for admission into graduate programs in health promotion, population health, lifestyle management, integrative health, health administration, psychology and medicine.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 11.7%$37,220
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 8.1%$71,780
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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