Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation


Missouri Western’s Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation educates and prepares students to engage in careers across the health, sport, recreation, and fitness spectrum. What sets us apart is our commitment to high-impact applied learning experiences. Students will engage in a variety of hands-on learning experiences both in the classroom and professional settings.

The Department offers two undergraduate degrees and a Master of Applied Science in Sport and Fitness Management.

Undergraduates interested in health and fitness can complete a degree in physical education with concentrations in Health/Exercise Science, Personal and Commercial Fitness (new Fall 2017), Physical Education Teacher Education, or Physical Education General. Health/Exercise Science students are prepared to pursue careers in sports medicine (pre-physical therapy, pre-athletic training, pre-chiropractic) and a variety of medical settings as well as personal and commercial fitness settings. Physical Education concentrations prepare students for careers as teachers and coaches.

The multi-billion dollar sport and tourism industries translate into an expanded job market for students interested in Recreation Sport Management. Students majoring in Recreation Sport Management select either a Recreation Management or Sport Management concentration.

The Master of Sport and Fitness Management offers students a professional advantage in the job market. Students learn business, sales and marketing skills essential for management in sport and fitness related settings.

Careers and Employment

Missouri Western graduates are currently employed in a variety of settings including:

Physical Education/ Health & Exercise Science

  • Mosaic Regional Medical Center
  • Serc Physical Therapy
  • Green Family Chiropractic (St. Joseph)
  • Cerner
  • St. Joseph Public Schools
  • Lincare (Medical Equipment Sales)
  • Harley Davidson - Fitness Center
  • Hidden Gym Crossfit (Co-owner)

Recreation/Sport Management/MAS Sport & Fitness Management

  • Houston Texans (NFL)
  • Sporting Kansas City (MLS)
  • University of Wyoming (Player Development)
  • City of St. Joseph Parks and Recreation
  • University of Arkansas (pursuing PH.D.)