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Health & Physical Education

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health…” - 3 John:2

Purpose and Goals of the Department of Health & Physical Education
health-menThe Department of Health Science and Physical Education supports the mission of the university by providing quality Christian education and academic excellence by providing faculty, staff, and students with physical pursuits that will enhance their mental, social, personal, and spiritual dimensions. The Department prepares students for graduate school and employment by offering curricula with instruction in health education, fitness and a variety of physical activity and theory courses. These courses are designed to promote healthful living and physical fitness, as well as knowledge and skill development.

Majors & Minors Offered
Fitness and Wellness (B.S.)
Health and Physical Education Teaching (B.S.)
Health Science (B.S.) 

Fitness and Wellness
Health and Physical Education

What can you do with this degree?
Graduates in this department may have careers as coaches, fitness specialists, health educators, public health analysts, hospital health educators, corporate wellness coordinators, intramural directors, parks and recreation programmers, sports medicine personnel, teachers, and water safety instructors. The B.S. degree in Health Science offers a broad study of health care and provides the academic preparation required for pre-med, pre-dental and other clinical degrees.

health-exercHealth Science, B.S.**

  • Health Educator
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Hospital Health Educator
  • Health Inspector
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator

**Meets the requirements for Pre-Med, Pre-Dental and other clinical degrees

Fitness and Wellness, B.S.

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Kinesiologist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness Specialists
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Corporate fitness consultant

Health and Physical Education Teaching, B.S.

  • Coach
  • Activity Specialist
  • Educator

Affirmation From Students/Alumni
health-grads“I came into Oakwood as a transfer student with about a year and a half left and certain circumstances led me to believe that I would not graduate on time, which would have been financially strenuous. Thankfully through prayer and the aid of the amazing faculty in the Health Science and Physical Education department, I was able to graduate in two semesters and as Magna Cum Laude. I truly miss the friends and professors that I met at Oakwood. The professors were so positive and adamant about the students retaining and learning the material. I would recommend anyone who is interested in the field of Health and Fitness to take part in that department and definitely go to Dr. Shaw.” 

Eligibility Requirements
To be accepted as a major in the Department of Health and Physical Education, students must have completed at least 32 hours of course work, including EN 112 Freshman Composition and four hours of physical education. Prospective majors must have an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 and have a minimum GPA of 2.25 in physical education courses.
Exit Examination
Seniors are required to take and pass at the 70th percentile a written exit examination from the department, the first attempt to be taken by the end of the fall semester of their senior year.
Intramural Sports
The university sponsors a program of intramural sports for men and women in connection with the department of Health and Physical Education.
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