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Health Fitness and Performance


Program Overview

Are you a fitness fanatic? A minor in health fitness from Central Michigan University may be right for you. This program combines nutrition and health sciences to prepare you for a career as a health fitness professional, personal trainer, or strength and conditioning coach. You’ll also have career options in corporate wellness and health promotion after graduation.​​

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 1-2 years
Credit Hours: 24

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

In our health fitness minor program, you'll take advantage of a little bit of everything our School of Health Science has to offer. Build a solid foundation in health and wellness with coursework in exercise science, nutrition, personal training, and fitness assessment. Choose from a wide range of electives to best match your career goals. Focus on everything from marketing strategies to work injury prevention to group fitness instruction.

Our minor is designed for:

  • Exercise Science majors (Clinical Exercise Science or Kinesiology options).
  • Athletic Training majors.
  • Graduates of either of these majors preparing to work in the fitness or sports performance industry.
  • Graduates of either of these majors intending to obtain certifications available in the field of health fitness.

Note: Exercise Science majors selecting the Health Fitness Option may not minor in Health Fitness.

Program Highlights

With a CMU health fitness minor, you'll:

  • Be amply prepared for a rewarding profession in the fitness or sports performance industry.
  • Be ready for an exciting career in a broad range of jobs and occupations related to physical activity.
  • Enjoy active participation in sport and fitness activities as part of the program.

Careers & Outcomes

Those in the physical fitness and sport medicine sectors enjoy opportunities in many engaging occupations. These may include athletic coaching, corporate wellness, nutrition, physical activity director and physical education. Other roles include sport and recreation camps, and strength and conditioning careers.

Career Projected Salary
Public Health Officer $46,530
Health & Wellness Coach $46,103
Fitness/Wellness Manager $101,340
Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor $40,700