Applied Health Science at Messiah College
Prepare for a career in one of the fastest growing and changing U.S. Industries—health and wellness.
In Messiah College’s applied health science (B.S.) degree program, you’ll gain firsthand experience in the field of applied health science with particular attention on to learning how your Christian faith and career aspirations can strengthen each other. Through internships, research and clinical courses, you’ll receive valuable hands-on experience in applying concepts presented to you in applied health science classes by caring faculty who are respected scholars.
Messiah’s unique multi-dimensional approach to health and wellness offers coursework in anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, chronic disease, health promotion, exercise psychology, sport sociology and nutrition, preparing you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to promote wellness among diverse population groups while aiding them in being good stewards of one of God's greatest creations—the human body.
Applied health science major distinctives
As an applied health science major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Prepare to go on to medical school, physical therapy school or complete other advanced degrees in the allied health fields.
- Choose from pre-professional, pre-physical therapy or exercise science concentration
- Develop an understanding of the anatomical and physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and critically analyze human movement patterns.
- Work on a human cadaver as a pre-physical therapy or pre-professional student.
- Conduct research with faculty members
- Work with the campus wellness program
- Design personal fitness programs for individuals
- Pursue graduate studies in specialized fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness program leadership or exercise physiology.
- Participate in conferences at the regional and national level.
- Participate in college honors and departmental honors programs.
Career options for applied health science majors
As a graduate of the applied health science program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Exercise scientist
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Personal trainer
- Fitness or wellness director
- With additional schooling: Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Chiropractors, exercise physiologists, doctors and public health advocates
For more information on career planning for the applied health science program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship and research opportunities for applied health science majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program helps place students in a variety of applied health science internships. A few examples include:
- Pro and local sports teams
- Physical therapy clinics
- Cardiac rehab programs
- Health clubs
- Personal training facilities
- Corporate wellness programs
Mission and goals
- The student will discover significant presuppositions common to both the Christian faith and the field of health and exercise science, with particular attention given to ways in which the Christian world view can enlighten the discipline.
- The student will apply their disciplinary knowledge and Christian values in meaningful and practical on or off-campus experiences. Through these experiences, students will demonstrate a commitment to use their knowledge in ways that benefit and serve others.
- The student will be able to write in a clear, scholarly fashion.
- The student will develop an understanding of the anatomical and physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise and critically analyze human movement patterns.
- The student will be equipped with the necessary background knowledge to pursue graduate study in specialized fields such as cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness program leadership, or exercise physiology.
- The student will attain the skills and abilities necessary for entering a variety of health and exercise science careers.
- The student will be able to prescribe individual movement activities designed to achieve satisfactory fitness levels and improve athletic performance.
- The student will be able to conduct research in accordance with the principles of sound qualitative and quantitative research interpretation and procedure.
Through labs, internships, work assignments in the fitness center, research studies and class projects, you receive valuable hands-on experience in applying concepts you learn in class throughout the applied health science program. An upper-level human anatomy class exposes you to cadaver dissection—a lab experience that many students only receive in graduate school.
Valuable career preparation
Messiah students with a B.S. degree in applied health science are well-prepared to enter graduate school or secure jobs related to a variety of health and exercise science areas such as personal training, corporate fitness, retirement home wellness, collegiate/professional sport strength and conditioning, community wellness, cardiac rehabilitation, physical therapy, sport nutrition, biomechanics research or clinical exercise physiology.