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Sport, Health, & Exercise Psychology

97%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
Within 9 months after graduation
14:1
RATIO
Of students to faculty
100%
of incoming students
Receive scholarships or grants

The inner workings of exercise and health

Study the effects of cultural and social influences on athletes and their sport.

One of only two undergraduate sport psychology programs in Iowa, students gain an understanding of key concepts through discussion, experiential learning, and hands-on activities.

Students will explore:

  • How sport enhances (or thwarts) whole-person development.
  • Assumptions and practices that often go unchallenged in sport, health, and exercise contexts.
  • How to make physical activity more inclusive.
  • Self-regulation skills that can be used in all areas of life.

Someone can do all the right things physically, but if one is lacking in a key mental skill, the mind can work against you; therefore, I became interested in how you can get the mind to work for you.

Dr. Matthew P. Bejar
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Curriculum

Flexibility makes a difference. 

Mount Mercy’s Sport, Health, and Exercise Psychology minor is ideal for enhancing many different areas of study. Nursing students may find Psychology of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation beneficial, while business students may choose Sports Marketing and Promotion.

Additional class options include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Critical Perspectives in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Financing Sports Organizations
  • Human Anatomy
  • Psychology of Coaching
  • Sports Law
  • Stress Management

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Learn more about:

We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in sport, health, & exercise psychology

Develop and share an understanding of the connections between physical and mental health.

Many find their place in Sport, Health, & Exercise psychology in analyzing the interactions between physical health and mental well-being. They are also able to develop health care strategies to promote good mental and physical health in a number of settings. 

In this growing field of psychology, careers are available in areas like:

  • Applied sports or health psychologist
  • Clinical sports or health psychologist
  • Sports rehabilitation specialist
  • Performance enhancement specialist
  • Community health advocate
  • Research specialist