Health and Physical Education

Chair: Christopher Hirschler, Ph.D., Department of Health and Physical Education 

Health Studies

The Health Studies program at Monmouth University is designed for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of health and prepare for careers in the exciting field of healthcare and health promotion. Courses engage students in analysis of current research, problem-solving, and valuable internships. The program enables students to develop the skills needed to positively impact lives through the application, evaluation, and creation of knowledge. Additionally, students develop an understanding of the link between new research in health science and the development of healthcare strategies and policies.


Graduates of the program are prepared to work with individuals, groups, and families in health organizations and services, corporate health programs, education, and at the local, state, federal, or international level. Students can further their education by pursuing graduate degrees in areas such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, health and physical education, healthcare administration, public health, and many others.


The mission of the Health Studies program is to increase students’ knowledge in a variety of health disciplines by teaching students to: analyze the causes and means of preventing disease and illness while seeking optimal health, develop the responsibilities and competencies of effective health educators, and advocate for the health of others. The mission of the Health and Physical Education Department is to prepare students to be well-rounded, service-oriented community members and professionals in health/exercise sciences, health promotion, public health, and education.


Health Studies graduates have secured employment in various health- related organizations as well as acceptance to graduate schools in numerous health science disciplines. Health Studies students are prepared for graduate programs including: Exercise Science, Health Promotion/Public Health, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech Language Pathology. All students are encouraged to apply to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification exam at the conclusion of their undergraduate curriculum. The School of Nursing and Health Studies Web site provides additional information regarding employment settings.


Student Health Honor Society: Epsilon Gamma Chapter – Eta Sigma Gamma. National Health Education Honor Society

Physical Education


Note: A maximum of four credits of physical education course work will be applied toward degree requirements for non-health physical education majors. Health/Physical Education and Health/Physical Education with an Endorsement in Education majors complete six (6) credits of physical education course work.