Management of Health and Fitness

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This major focuses on preparing students to offer safe, relevant and effective health and fitness promotion programs and lifestyle disease prevention interventions. Certification (e.g., NSCA, ACSM, CHEK, Y fitness certifications) preparation is tied to various classes. Completion of this program prepares students for entry-level jobs in worksite and corporate fitness, hospitals/clinics, public health agencies, health/fitness clubs, geriatric centers, sports training centers, YMCAs and other non-profits, protective and armed services, and in other places where health and fitness are promoted.  Student interest in entrepreneurial efforts related to health, fitness and sports is also explored. Some graduates have gone on to enter post graduate degrees in Physician Assistant Training, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, MBA in Health Care Administration, etc. And, others have gone on to begin their own health/fitness related businesses. 

Health and fitness management majors must achieve a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher in all major courses.

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Management of Health & Fitness majors work in varied settings such as:

  • Businesses providing health promotion programming to promote employee health
  • Entrepreneurial endeavors in developing their own health & fitness clubs, sports equipment, sport/fitness clothing, etc., or in becoming lifestyle coaches, consultants, etc.
  • Health care settings (hospitals or health departments) assessing for health and fitness needs, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs for individuals or groups. With appropriate certification, Cardiac Rehab, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy.
  • Non-profit agencies such as the YMCA, YWCA, YMHA, YWHA
  • Strength & Conditioning coaches for sport teams
  • Campus Recreation Sports & Wellness programs
  • Residential Fitness & Wellness Centers
  • Club Med and Cruise Liners for Recreation & Wellness Programs
  • Community College and University Human Performance Programs as instructors
  • Adventure Education programs
  • Wilderness Therapy programs
  • Faith-based programs such as Sport Outreach
  • Alternative and Holistic Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Rep

Examples of positions that NMU Management of Health & Fitness graduates have been hired into include:

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chinese Olympic Team
  • Operations Manager, Sam Health Care System, Oregon
  • AmeriCorps worker, The Virgin Islands
  • Professor in Health/Wellness or related field  in University setting, Oregon State U in Bend, Oregon; NMU in Marquette, MI; Ann Arbor at University of Michigan; Kent State; California Baptist University
  • Fitness Club owners and operators – Superior Fitness, B cubed Fitness, Marquette, MI
  • Senior Health Innovations Leader at the YMCA – Marquette YMCA
  • Personal Trainers, Yoga Instructors, Live Strong trainers at the YMCA
  • Program Manager at MediFit – Chicago, IL
  • Entrepreneur… Coach at Endurance by Stephanie – Bend, Oregon
  • Lead Exercise Physiologist at the University of Utah
  • Clinical Exercise Physiologist at U of Michigan Health System
  • Wellness Account Rep at Onsite Wellness – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Manager Anytime Fitness – Harvey, MI; Ishpeming, MI
  • Personal Trainer Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness, etc., Marquette, Harvey, Ishpeming, MI
  • Personal Trainer & Life Coach, Life Time Fitness – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Business Owner and Holistic Health Coach, Health by Intuition – Marquette, MI.
  • Pharmaceutical Rep – San Diego, CA
  • Health Educator/Cancer Information Specialist – Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Tennis professional at Willow Brook Country Club –Tyler, Texas
  • In the protective services … Air force
  • Owner of Black Rocks Micro Brewery – Marquette, MI
  • Personal Trainer, Fitness Management Group, Madison,WI; Fitnessology, Green Bay, WI; Portage Health, Houghton, MI and many personal trainers in the Marquette, MI area came from our program
  • Occupational Wellness & Safety Coordinator, Indian Tribe, WI
  • Program Assistant Manager at NMU Rec Sports – Marquette, MI
  • Physical Therapist, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Aquatics/Pool Director, Park Falls Municipal Pool
  • Wilderness Therapy Counselor, Arizona Outback Adventures

Students may also choose to continue on to graduate school. NMU Management of Health & Fitness graduates have pursued graduate degrees in:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Health Care
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Master's in Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Master’s in Guidance and Counseling
  • Master’s in Health Promotion
  • Master’s in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology
  • Master’s in Positive Psychology
  • Master's in Public Health
  • Master’s in Strength & Conditioning
  • Master’s & Ph.D. in Health Communication, Mass Communications
  • Master’s in Holistic Health
  • Physician Assistant
  • Dietitian

For employment information in some areas of  health and fitness, please see:

See here for salary information, and also please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

To learn more about the requirements to earn a degree in Management of Health & Fitness, please see the NMU Undergraduate Bulletin.