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Applied Health Science

Why Major in Applied Health Science?

The Applied Health Science major at Northwest prepares students for careers in the health, fitness, and wellness industry and for graduate studies in areas such as athletic training, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Students graduating from the program are prepared to develop and deliver comprehensive health and wellness programs that enhance physical, cognitive, and psychosocial well-being of individuals and the community as a whole.

Courses in the Applied Health Science program include content such as human anatomy, the positioning and function of bones, and muscles, and their relationships within the human body; human physiology, the study of the interrelationship between organs and organ systems; exercise science, how the body reacts and performs with physical activity; promoting health, teaching health-related and disease prevention concepts to the general public.

Message from the Advisor

QuoteNorthwest has made a commitment to addressing the significant demand for well-trained professionals who are able to resolve the health and wellness-related challenges facing our communities. The applied health science degree will be an integral part of this effort, as it prepares students to enter directly into a variety of health and wellness professions, and pursue advanced degrees in athletic training, occupational therapy, nursing, sport psychology and other health-related areas of study. Students will specialize their course of study to focus on areas such as exercise science or aging studies. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to study and practice in what is one of the most in-demand and fastest growing job markets in America.Quote

Terry Long
Graduate Program Coordinator

Career Opportunities

Below is a list of possible career opportunities and job titles:

Career Opportunities Job Titles Sampling of employers hiring students
  • Personal Training
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Community Health
  • Sports Performance
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Youth Development
  • Senior Wellness Programs
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician
  • Health Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Injury Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator
  • Cerner
  • Mosaic Life Care
  • Saint Luke’s Hospital
  • Jackson County Corrections
  • Child and Family Center
  • Liberty Hospital
  • Municipal Recreation Agencies
  • YMCA
  • Preferred Family Healthcare
  • GEO Group
  • Missouri Department of Social Services
  • Netsmart Technologies
  • HealthFitness

Profession-Based Learning Experiences


The Mozingo Outdoor Recreation Area, (MOERA) offers more than 320 acres of land dedicated to providing experiential learning opportunities for Northwest students.

Fitness Center

The Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center is available for students to gain experiences in managing facilities, developing programs and personal training.

Students experience between 480 and 560 hours of profession-based opportunities during supervised internships lasting 12 to 16 weeks. Internships are available at cardiac rehabilitation facilities, private and not-for-profit wellness and fitness centers, municipal health agencies, senior centers, long-term care facilities and athletic training centers. 

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

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The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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