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Department of Health & Sport Science

"Research I conducted as a graduate student at U.D. was a springboard for further academic and research training. My experience at the University of Dayton primed me for a life-long passion to learn!" —Matthew J. Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Medicine, Duke University

Wellness and sport are not just areas of study; they are a way of life. Health and sport science majors prepare to be proficient and professional in a vocation related to wellness, physical activity, sports and physical therapy. At the University of Dayton, the study of health and sport science is about building communities through critical reflection. Because our areas of expertise require professionals to interact with others — and perhaps profoundly affect their lives — valuable real-world experiences are part of the curriculum.

NSCA Recognition

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The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) officially recognizes the Department of Health & Sport Science'sdegree programs in Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science & Fitness Management in the areas of Strength and Conditioning and Personal Training for successfully meeting established criteria. 

For more information, contact Program Director Gerry Gallo.
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We offer six undergraduate majors!

At the University of Dayton, the study of health and sport science is about building learning communities through critical reflection. Because our areas of expertise require professionals to interact with others — and perhaps profoundly affect their lives — valuable real-world experiences are part of the curriculum.

Health and sport science majors find a variety of professional opportunities in health, sport and wellness. Our graduates have found successful careers in education, industry and health care as cardiac rehabilitators, coaches, dieticians, exercise program directors, health and fitness club managers, nutritionists, physical education teachers, physical therapists, and management professionals.

Our faculty combine expertise and varied areas of special interests to provide students with advanced research and publication opportunities and individualized career counseling. With class sizes ranging from 20 to 30, we are dedicated to creating interactive learning environments with personalized instruction and individual attention.

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We offer a Master's Degree in Exercise Science!

At the University of Dayton, the study of health and sport science is about building learning communities through critical reflection. Because our areas of expertise require professionals to interact with others — and perhaps profoundly affect their lives — valuable real-world experiences are part of the curriculum.

M.S.E. in Exercise Science

Health and sport science majors find a variety of professional opportunities in health, sport and wellness. Our graduates have found successful careers in education, industry and health care as cardiac rehabilitators, coaches, dieticians, exercise program directors, health and fitness club managers, nutritionists, physical education teachers, physical therapists, and management professionals.

Our faculty combine expertise and varied areas of special interests to provide students with advanced research and publication opportunities and individualized career counseling. With class sizes ranging from 20 to 30, we are dedicated to creating interactive learning environments with personalized instruction and individual attention.

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Health & Sport Science Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service on behalf of students, institution, professions and communities. Let us know how we can help you today.
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Laubach, Lloyd L.

Chair & Associate ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Daprano, Corinne 

Associate Chair and Associate ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Crecelius, Anne R.

Assistant ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Cuy Castellanos, Ph.D., R.D., Diana 

Assistant ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Dalton, Jennifer L.

Director of Didactic Program in DieteticsFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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De Marco, George 

Associate Professor of Sport Studies - Sport ScienceFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Gallo, Gerry J.

LecturerFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Greger, Laura 

Administrative AssistantStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Linderman, Jon K.

Associate Professor and Director of Base SciencesFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Powers, Robyn 

Administrative AssistantStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Ritterhoff, Kimberly 

LecturerFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Titlebaum, Peter J.

ProfessorFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Vanderburgh, Paul M.

Associate Provost, Graduate Academic AffairsFull-Time FacultySchool of Education and Health Sciences: Health and Sports Science
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Hear what graduates have to say!

Lauren Berndt
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student, University of Michigan

I wanted to pass along my gratitude to the University of Dayton's Pre-PT program for fully preparing me for the University of Michigan's DPT program. I am currently in a Research Methods class, learning the same things that I had been taught in both Tests and Measurements and Research classes at UD. Although I was not a huge fan of those classes at the time, I now realize how crucial they were in preparing me for my current education at the best DPT program in the state of Michigan. Most of my classmates have never been exposed to SPSS, have not performed their own research project using test subjects (as we did in T&M), nor have they been exposed to the ACSM text book. I am so thankful that I have that background. I also was very surprised at how many students in my class had never been given a lab practical exam. As stressful as it was, I am so glad that we had one in Anatomy AND in PT Seminar. Having those previous experiences made my Anatomy and Kinesiology practicals much less intimidating last semester. ... I have my first clinical rotation this semester at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Detroit. I achieved all As and one B+ last semester, and was even elected a class officer. The University of Michigan was the perfect choice for me, and I once again cannot thank the Pre-PT program enough for preparing me so well.

Matthew J. Peterson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

I was a graduate student in the Department of Health & Sport Science, earning my Master’s Degree in 1999. The faculty in the department truly cared about my success in and out of the classroom. This was demonstrated by the many student-centered academic and research opportunities offered, and the department’s commitment to challenge each student to learn and achieve at the highest level possible. Research I conducted as a graduate student at U.D. was a springboard for further academic and research training. My experience at the University of Dayton primed me for a life-long passion to learn!

Tim Robertson, Jr., M.S., CSCS
Under Armour Combine 360 Certified Performance Coach, Speed Strength Systems

I graduated in 1993 with an Exercise Science degree. Dr Laubach and the professors challenged and prepared me for the "real world" more than one can imagine. Not only did I learn what is essential to being a professional in the Sport Science field, but I learned life skills of being able to critically think and solve problems. Additionally, the small class sizes allow for immediate interaction with the professors and fellow students. I have been employed in numerous sections of wellness and sports medicine/performance training over the past 20 years and received my Master's degree. In each, I was prepared! Currently, I am the owner of Speed Strength Systems and am also a Collegiate Strength Coach. Without Dayton, I would not be where I am at today.

Bethany Zinsser
Senior Health Fitness Specialist, Medifit Corporate Services

My experiences at the University of Dayton as a student in the School of Allied Professions as an Exercise Science major shaped me into the senior health fitness specialist I am today. I have always been passionate about helping individuals find a fun way to be healthy. A lot of the knowledge I gained as a student as well as the experiences I was exposed to during my time at UD prepared me to offer the best services to my members and clients on a daily basis. It is satisfying that the relationships I gained with my advisors and previous professors have continued into my young professional career and to know that they care about my professional development.  I am thankful for getting the opportunity to obtain my degree from UD, and I graduated with the tools to make a positive impact in society. 

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Take a look at what our program has to offer.

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP PROGRAM

This is a competitive program, and assistantships are limited. Assistantships are available in several departments within the School of Education & Allied Professions. Learn more >>

ATHLETICS AND RECREATION FACILITIES

The Thomas J. Frericks Center, Baujan Field and outdoor playing fields are all available for use by students. The RecPlex, a state-of-the-art fitness and recreation complex, offers the following amenities:

  • aerobics, cardiovascular and weight rooms with the latest equipment
  • classrooms and group fitness studios
  • a climbing wall
  • four courts for basketball, floor hockey, volleyball and other activities
  • an eight-lane natatorium and whirlpool
  • an elevated 1/8-mile indoor track
  • locker rooms
  • a lounge and juice bar

FITNESS ASSESSMENT CENTER

Established in 2006, the Fitness Assessment Center is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to test muscle strength, aerobic power and body composition using "gold standard" instrumentation rarely found in such a facility. Students can gain expertise in using equipment, such as the isokinetic dynamometer, BodPod and metabolic cart, for testing and research.

GRADUATE COMMUNITY FELLOWS

The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community initiates and sustains partnerships with urban neighborhoods and larger communities for both comprehensive community building and as a context for connected learning and scholarship. Learn more >>

JOHN R. SCHLEPPI SPORT MANAGEMENT CAREER ENHANCEMENT FUND

The Schleppi Fund provides funding for a sport management major to attend a professional conference and explore career possibilities. The award, named for the first director of the Sport Management program at the University of Dayton, is unique because it is awarded by a panel of seniors to a fellow student. Learn more >>

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WITH FACULTY

Each year, undergraduate students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals, such as Journal of Strength and ConditioningFuture FocusJournal of Exercise Physiology online and Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics.

WELLNESS PROGRAM

Our students manage the university's wellness program for faculty and staff on campus. The program promotes a healthy lifestyle through activity-based courses, lecture programs, individual fitness assessments and screening programs for specific health risks. Students gain experience in program coordination and in service as wellness personal fitness trainers for program participants.
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Apply to Health & Sport Science!

Choosing a university is an important step to your overall academic career. It's important to make sure that the institutions to which you apply have the programs and resources that meet your personal and academic needs.

We believe that the School of Education & Health Sciences offers some of the best academic and student-services programs. Our students are some of the most accomplished and motivated students anywhere. Explore the university for yourself. Use the links below to learn more about what it takes to be a Flyer.

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Not sure? Have questions? Contact us!

Department of Health & Sport Science
School of Education & Health Sciences
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, OH 45469-1210

Phone: (937) 229-4225
Fax: (937) 229-4244

Laura Greger
Administrative Assistant
(937) 229-4240

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