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Applied Health Science FAQ

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What is applied health science?
The concept of health care is no longer limited to traditional medical fields (nursing, physician, etc.), but now also encompasses the ideas of prevention, quality of life, health planning, and exercise as medicine. Students in the applied health science program are presented a holistic understanding of health and human behavior, and are taught to design, develop, and implement initiatives that enhance health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities.
 
What skills will I learn?
  • Fitness assessment and prescription
  • Health promotion
  • Diet analysis for normal, special, and athletic populations
  • Health education strategies
  • Health and physical assessment
 
What type of career might I have?
Applied Health Science graduates can be employed in a wide variety of work settings, and can be found in any field where people are physically active, including:
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • health education and planning
  • corporate wellness and patient/client relations
  • public and commercial fitness centers
  • amateur and professional sport organizations
  • public and commercial recreation organizations
  • community outreach coordinator
 
For what types of graduate school programs will I be prepared?
Many Applied Health Science students choose careers working directly with individuals to promote personal and community wellness. Those interested in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), should consider Piedmont’s MS in Health and Human Performance degree. Other areas of interest include: 
  • biomedical law
  • public health
  • exercise physiology
  • sport psychology
  • nutrition and dietetics 
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • health promotion
  • recreational therapy
 
What other certifications and licenses would be beneficial to obtain to enhance the applied health science degree?
Those with an applied health science degree who wish to enhance their qualifications often acquire certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist or American College of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Specialist or Personal Trainer. Other common certifications fall within the areas of occupational, recreation, or massage therapy and nutrition.
 
How do I request information about your Applied Health Science Program?
Contact: RH Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences, PO Box 10, Demorest, GA 30535 (706.776.0116)