Health and Wellness Major

The wellness field is growing! This exciting and energizing major prepares you for a career path that leads to jobs as nutrition or food educators, fitness trainers, health coaches or foodservice professionals. Our academic program allows you to minor in another field to prepare you for your unique career goals.

 A vital part of the program is an internship which you complete in your senior year.  This internship offers you invaluable hands-on experience and the ability to build knowledge as well as demonstrate and grow your skills in an actual organization, program, or business.  Many of our students are hired by their internship placements.

Framingham State University offers two concentrations in the Health and Wellness Major

The Fitness Concentration adds breadth and depth in the dual fields of fitness and nutrition. This unique program prepares you to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer national exam.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in employment of fitness trainers and instructors will increase 10-13 percent from 2016-2026*. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

For students who enrolled in FSU before September 2020 the Nutrition and Food Studies concentration allows you to take advantage of the growing fields of health, wellness, and food to become a nutrition educator, wellness educator, health coach, or foodservice manager. For students who enrolled in FSU in September 2020 or later, please see the new Nutrition and Food Service Program Management concentration in the Food and Nutrition Major.

As a nutrition, food, or health educator, you will teach people about behaviors that promote wellness and learn to create environments that promote health and prevent disease. You will learn to develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in employment of health educators will grow 16% over the period of 2016-2026*. 

This concentration prepares you for lucrative career as a foodservice manager.   Upon graduation, you can enter a manager position and be responsible for planning, staffing, directing, and controlling any number of food and beverage operations such as restaurants, school nutrition programs, college dining services, onsite employee dining, and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the growth in employment of foodservice managers will grow 9% over the period of 2016-2026*.