Health and Fitness Education Minor


The Health and Fitness Education minor in the Health and Human Performance Department is for students interested in teaching health and fitness at a recreational camp, school, retirement facility, or community health organization. It can also be a first step in becoming a teaching professional with a focus in health and wellness. This minor also complements undergraduate programs, including an Exercise Science major or any major leading to certification.


 A minor in Health and Fitness Education provides you with key information about wellness, motor development, and movement. You will also learn teaching methods in a variety of physical activities.

A minor in Health and Fitness Education also provides you with skills related to organizing and administering wellness, sport, and exercise programs in the public and private sector.

Course and Degree Requirements

Courses in this minor include “Functional Anatomy,” “Methods of Teaching Health,” and “Motor Learning and Development.” You will take 39 credits to earn a minor in Health and Fitness, including 15 upper-division credits. The HHP Department also recommends that you take the Exercise Science Practicum and participate in an Internship.

Prior to being accepted to this minor, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in at least 9 credits taken at SPU applicable to this minor. Review all of the requirements for a minor in Health and Fitness Education.

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Jarrett Mentink

Why I Teach at SPU

Jarrett Mentink, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

“I am compelled to teach and truly blessed to be a part of Seattle Pacific University. The SPU experience is enriching! It provides me the invigorating opportunity, on a daily basis, to engage a community of motivated, intelligent faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about the Lord’s teachings!”