Physical Activity and Fitness Group

Masters in Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness

Program Description

The graduate program in Physical Activity, Fitness and Wellness focuses on the provision of a comprehensive study of physical activity and fitness/wellness leadership and community engagement. Special emphasis is placed on physical activity/fitness best practice outcomes for enhancing healthy lifestyles. Degree content focuses on the administration, evaluation and utilization of physical activity and fitness/wellness evidence-based practices within a variety of recreational, nonprofit, worksite, medical and commercial fitness/wellness settings. Degree requirements include 250 hours’ worth of practical work experience. This degree program is transitioning to a Masters in Public Health/Physical Activity. We are one of only a few schools to offer this new degree program. See ASPPH finder for information on MPHPA’s: ASPPH Academic Program Finder.


Faculty in this area have received service contract funding for research on physical activity and fitness: Service contracts from faculty in this area have totaled: over $2.5 Million both from federal, state entities, and funding from the SPH internal resources. There are service contract grants to get in this area that also could be linked to translational research in the department. 

Faculty Bios:

Where have past graduates been employed?

MSPAFW/HFS students have been very employable. 22 were hired as research assistants under a contract with the US Navy. Jobs the MSPAFW students have acquired include: State Department wellness Director; Worksite wellness company managers, WebMD coaches, Coordinators for Public health physical activity programs, Assistant Directors for fitness/recreational sports, Health Club managers/owners. Visit our career services for details on career opportunities and graduates who have been employed: link to career services.


For additional information and question about the program contact the program coordinator. Application materials can be found at Graduate Admission.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster;;
(812) 855-6083

Department of Kinesiology, PH 112, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-4801