A degree in health and fitness studies will prepare you for careers in community recreation departments,  health clubs, hospital wellness programs, corporate fitness centers, and school wellness programs. Students in this program also go on to become successful athletic coaches. Health and fitness studies majors must complete two internships where they observe, plan, and implement fitness or community recreation programs.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Department of Health and Human Performance have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Biology Teacher, Atlantic High School, Atlantic
  • K-5 P.E. Teacher, Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District, Waverly
  • P.E. and Computer Teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Denver, Colo.
  • Teacher, Grand Forks School District, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • K-8 P.E./Health Teacher/Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, West Burlington High School, West Burlington

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • General Manager, Life Time Fitness, Skokie, Ill.
  • Associate Professor/Department Chair, Physical Education  Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • General Manager, Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Richmond, Texas
  • Owner, Creative Glass Designs, La Valle, Wis.
  • Owner, Heavy Equipment Sales, MCI Investments, Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • P.E. Teacher, Wrestling Coach, Iowa City Community Schools, Iowa City
  • P.E., E.L.L., and Spanish Teacher, Lenox Community School District, Lenox
  • Business Owner/Partner, Integrated Pro Services, LLC, New Orleans, La.
  • P.E. Teacher/Special Education Associate, Denison High School, Denison
  • Dir. of Sales, North America, Technology Exch, Inc., Deerfield, Ill.


The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center houses the Health & Physical Education Department.

Real-world experience and amazing opportunities. WORTH IT.



Ryan Callahan

Interim Director of Athletics

Rachael Chapman

Lecturer in Fitness Management/Physical Education

Patricia Dietz

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Ryan Doty

Associate Head Baseball Coach

Danny Drees

Assistant Athletic Trainer

David Kragness

Associate Athletic Trainer

Patrick Toohey

Assistant Football Coach

Jennifer Walker

Lecturer in Physical Education / Head Volleyball Coach

Edward Westen

Associate Professor of Exercise Science; Department Chair of Health & Human Performance