Minor in Health & Fitness



Do you have a passion for healthy living and physical activity? Then why not promote public wellness and physical education by earning a minor in Health and Fitness. A minor in health and fitness gives you the opportunity to work directly with individuals to improve their fitness levels while allowing you to have a primary focus in another kinesiology or business field.


Career Field

With a minor in Health and Fitness, you will be prepared to become a certified personal trainer or a strength and conditioning specialist and find a career in a hospital or within the fitness industry.
Positions such as personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness consultant, and athletic coach involve working directly with individuals to help them to improve their physical fitness for health or athletic performance. Health club managers and fitness club owners are business-related positions in which the work is mostly administrative.


Job Outlook

  • Fitness trainers and instructors are projected to grow 13% from 2018-2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.


A career in health and fitness prepares you to work directly with people to improve their physical fitness for health and athletic performance. 


  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Club Manager
  • Wellness Coach
  • Athletic Coach
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Sports Journalist

Expected employment growth of athletic trainers between 2018-2028

Educational Qualifications

Wellness and fitness programs include a combination of theory-based courses, laboratory experiences and internships in the fitness industry intended to provide students with practical, career-focused skills. Common courses include:

Human anatomy and physiology
Fundamentals of kinesiology
Fitness promotion among special populations
Managing stress
Exercise physiology

Certification requirements in the fitness industry vary widely, with many certifying organizations offering a variety of credentials. This minor can be paired with a kinesiology, business, or communication degree depending on what type of career you are pursuing.

Faculty Profiles

Vesa Naukkarinen, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology

Chad Hutchinson, MS

Department of Kinesiology
Assistant Professor

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.

Department of Kinesiology
Associate Professor & Department Chair