Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Exercise Science and Health Promotion Online Master of Science (M.S.) Wellness and Fitness, and Wellness Coaching Dual Concentration

About Wellness and Fitness, and Wellness Coaching

Expand your wellness coaching skills in advancing wellness and top fitness.

Move to the next level in wellness coaching and training with a dual concentration in wellness and fitness, and wellness coaching in the 100% online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at California University of Pennsylvania. Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked and recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education from a historic state university. 

Complete your dual concentration degree in as little as 18 months attending full time.

  • Benefit from a specialized wellness coaching program, which was developed through a partnership between Cal U and Wellcoaches, a recognized international provider of wellness coaching education.
  • Learn an integrated approach to fitness and wellness with such courses as nutrition for peak performance, leadership, current issues, exercise physiology and more.

Certification increases career opportunities.

  • Students prepare to earn health and wellness coach certification, endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • Courses also prepare you to take the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam to earn accredited certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: DUAL CONCENTRATION

Wellness and Fitness: Students explore one of the industry's first comprehensive training systems in fitness and wellness based on scientific, evidence-based research: NASM's Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model.

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Wellness Coaching: Courses prepare professionals to help clients develop the right mindset to make lasting lifestyle changes. Students also learn about various research sources, creating skills for future study in the field.

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58%
of fitness trainers and instructors in the United States are hired by fitness and recreational sports centers.
Top 20 
Wellness coaching has ranked in the top 20 most important fitness trends worldwide since 2010, according to ACSM's annual survey.
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Degree Benefits

In partnership with Wellcoaches, Cal U promotes an evidence-based protocol that generates positive outcomes, as reported in peer-reviewed journals. A Cal U degree, plus health and wellness coach certification endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), represents the gold standard in coach certifications in the healthcare field.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Studying wellness and fitness and wellness coaching helps fitness professionals and wellness coaches further expand their practice to be ready for job opportunities. As demand steps up for more employment in health and fitness programs, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 
 Wellness Coaching Concentration - Online Master's Degree
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Research Focus

 

For those who work with athletes and other physically active clientele, from children to mature adults, degree courses highlight fitness and injury prevention research for special populations. Cal U students in fitness and wellness also explore current clinical outcomes, psychology and physical activity research, and fitness and wellness research.

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Online Benefits

Students from across the country and around the world, including those in active military service, enroll in Cal U master's degree programs. Fully 100% online degree programs can fit all work and life schedules, and allow students to expand their professional networks with new classmates and future colleagues.

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Skill Builders

At Cal U, dual concentrations enable you to build expertise in many areas. For instance, wellness coaching can be linked with other disciplines in exercise science and health promotion for a dual concentration. In addition to wellness and fitness, choose performance enhancement and injury prevention, rehabilitation science, or sport psychology as your second concentration.

Wellness Coaching Concentration Online Master's Degree Courses

At Cal U, the 36-credit master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion includes 12 credits in courses focused on wellness coaching. Courses begin in winter and summer.

Example Courses
10
  • Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry
  • Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • Health and Wellness Coaching - Facilitating Change
  • Current Topics in Wellness Coaching
  • Research in Health and Wellness Coaching

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Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Concentrations
5
Dual Concentrations
9
Post Bachelor's Certificates
5
Certifications
5
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach

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Wellness Coaching Concentration Faculty

Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

biddington@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

roh@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

lombardo@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

meyer@calu.edu

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

reuter@calu.edu

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

West_E@calu.edu

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration