Health and Human Performance Master’s Degree Program

The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance (MSHHP) offers an in-depth curriculum that challenges students to explore those significant areas of health, human performance, and the exercise sciences; to develop evidence-based approaches to tasks and problem-solving in health, fitness, and wellness; and to prepare for success and advancement in technical careers or to pursue terminal studies in professional health, fitness, and wellness science and industries.

The MSHHP supports the mission of the university with an evidence-based, scientific program of study that encourages learners to develop the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the health and exercise science field. This approach is applied to the allied health and wellness industries but is applicable to a wide range of diverse occupations and settings in health and exercise science. Learners will explore the current body of evidence and best practices with respect to global human movement science, nutrition, and the promotion of health and wellness across various populations of the world.

If you are interested in learning more about the Health and Human Performance degree program offered by Salem University, please contact us today. Our admissions staff would be happy to answer any questions you have and discuss the opportunities Salem has to offer.

The importance of preventative wellness, exercise prescription and assessment, and functional movement and quality of life issues are focused across the program curriculum. Modern scientific evidence-based approaches will be utilized for information search, problem-solving, and scholarly discourse. The MSHHP program embraces qualitative and quantitative approaches that support decision-making, leadership, and analysis. The program specializations are aligned with industry-recognized certification credentials, including National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, and the National Association for Speed and Explosion (NASE).

The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance requires 21 credits in Core courses, and 15 credits in the specialization, for a total of 36 credits to earn the degree credential.


Strength and Conditioning – aligned with the standards for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential, this specialization focuses on strength, conditioning, and performance for athletes.

Health and Fitness – this specialization allows students interested in working with diverse populations the opportunity to be impactful in preventative health and fitness. The specialization is aligned with National Strength and Conditioning Association principles for Certified Personal Training.

Sports Coaching Administration – this specialization focuses on the coaching and administrative aspects of sport, concentrating on the principles of leadership, management, and overall athletic performance within sports teams and organizations.

Integrated Health Coaching – this specialization is aligned with industry best practices for students who wish to practice an integrated approach to health, wellness, and lifestyle, with significant emphasis on behavior change practices and principles. The specialization is aligned with health and wellness coaching industry certification principles and standards.

Skills/Careers Opportunities

  • Fitness Trainers and Instructors
  • Fitness and Wellness Operations Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Fitness Professionals and Administrators
  • Fitness and Wellness Sales Managers
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Health and Wellness Coaches
  • Sport Coaches
  • Athletic Administrators and Directors