Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a healthcare profession.
Applied exercise science combines the sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, and sport psychology into the study of how the human body responds to exercise and sport training. The applied exercise science major prepares students for leadership roles in a number of career opportunities, including clinical exercise settings and corporate and hospital wellness programs, or as personal fitness trainers, exercise specialists, and strength and conditioning coaches. Students are well prepared for graduate programs in exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology, or health and wellness.
The pre-professional exercise science major embraces a curriculum that prepares students in the scientific aspects of exercise as it relates to healthy, injured, and high-risk populations. It is an applied discipline that emphasizes a hands-on approach toward understanding the physiological and biomechanical consequences of human movement. Due to the strong natural science curriculum, pre-professional exercise science is excellent preparation for graduate study in physical therapy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, medicine, podiatry, and occupational therapy. In addition, graduates with a pre-professional exercise science degree are prepared for employment in clinical or hospital settings, health and wellness intervention programs, and other health-related careers.
In order to prepare its students, the University of Evansville’s HSA programs take an interdisciplinary approach to its curricula, giving students the opportunity to take classes in a large spectrum of disciplines. Students also have access to numerous study abroad opportunities in China and the UK at Harlaxton College. Above all, students will be prepared for the real world through purposeful experiences in internship placements. HSA undergraduates (who are required to participate in two internships) and HSA graduate students (who must participate in four) will have the opportunity to experience different areas of health care and find the right fit prior to graduation. This is how students find balance and are prepared for personal and professional success.
The demand for qualified professionals is increasing in many areas of the public health field. Emerging infectious diseases and disasters are posing new challenges and threats. As a result, the need for public health services is growing. The Association of Schools of Public Health estimates that 250,000 more public health workers will be needed by 2020. In order for state and federal health agencies, private laboratories, research institutes, and hospitals to carry out their missions and head off a potential workforce shortage crisis, they must recruit and retain young, talented, passionate public health professionals that represent diverse populations.
The public health major offers two emphasis areas in health policy and nutrition. Public health professionals in the areas of health policy and nutrition are expected to see high job growth which accounts for the replacement rate for workers retiring from their occupations. The major is a multidisciplinary program where students learn about a range of issues that impact population health, global health, environmental health, health care systems, and health behavior. Students acquire hands on experience while completing an internship in a public health field. Students have completed internships in the areas of environmental health, global health, epidemiology, and disaster preparedness at local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Upon graduation, students will advance through employment or further education.
Minors in Exercise Science
Applied Exercise Science
The minor in applied exercise science prepares students to work with relatively healthy populations as personal fitness trainers in corporate wellness programs or other fitness centers.
Clinical Exercise Science
The clinical exercise science minor prepares students for the application of exercise and physical activity in clinical and pathological situations where it has been shown to provide therapeutic or functional benefit.
Exercise and Sport Psychology
Exercise and sport psychology is the study of psychological factors associated with enhancing sport performance as well as those factors that lead to regular participation in physical activity. This minor prepares students for graduate study in the areas of exercise science, exercise and sport psychology, motor learning, or psychology.