Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Department of Kinesiology and Health Science
A person with a professional degree in "Fitness Promotion" can work in a variety of positions and settings in which a specialist is needed to develop programs that combat cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, metabolic disorders, and musculoskeletal problems. Employment opportunities are commonly found in fitness and wellness centers, hospitals and health care facilities, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, corporations and universities.
The MFP degree aims to meet the needs of students who desire to or currently hold a position within the field of health fitness. This degree meets the needs of students who do not foresee pursuing a PhD or a career as a researcher. Student's extensive fieldwork (practicum) experience further ensures a practical benchmark for a career as a health-fitness professional.
The primary focus of the degree is to acquire advanced skills specific to a profession in a health fitness setting. In addition to some of the same courses that MS students take (i.e., Advanced Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics), MFP students take courses in ECG interpretation and Health Psychology, as well as health- and wellness-related electives from other departments (e.g., Nutritional Epidemiology, Sociology of Health, etc.).
For more specific information about the program see the department's website at http://khs.usu.edu/students/graduate/programs.