The Department of Health and Human Performance offers a range of degrees and options to meet your academic and career needs:
- The Bachelor of Science in Adventure Education provides students with experience in using outdoor activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, ropes courses and mountaineering to inspire growth and challenge in a variety of fields, including nonprofit and commercial outdoor education, therapeutic adventure, and environmental and recreation programs.
- The Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training provides students with skills and knowledge through coursework and clinical experience. While gaining a background in human anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and therapeutic modalities, you’ll learn how to prevent and assess injuries and illness, design rehabilitation programs, and promote health, nutrition, and wellness among athletes. Coursework is based on competencies set forth by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
- The Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Physiology is the study of the acute and chronic adaptations to the stress of physical activity.
- The Bachelor of Science in Health Education focuses on areas of health education including community health, personal health, family life, growth and development, nutrition, disease prevention, safety, environmental health, consumer health, and substance use and abuse. Two options are available:
- Health Promotion Option
- School Health (K–12 Option)
- The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education focuses on the development of the scientific understanding of human movement and the skills needed to apply theoretical concepts into practical settings. This program prepares students for careers in a variety of health, fitness, and education settings.
- Physical Education and Health Education Teacher Certification (K–12) Option
- Physical Education Teacher Certification (K–12) Option
- Contract Option
The Health and Human Performance Department offers minors in:
- Adventure Education
- Sport Physiology
HHP Department Mission
The mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) is to provide a learning environment that engages students, supports academic excellence, and encourages innovation, outreach, service, and scholarship by both faculty and students. Programs of study are designed to develop knowledgeable and responsible practitioners who appreciate and promote a healthy, active lifestyle for and by all across the lifespan.
Students completing majors in the disciplines offered by the HHP department have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for an entry-level professional or practitioner. The department recognizes the value to young professionals of the following principles, which are infused within the various programs and are achieved through each program’s outcomes:
- Historical, philosophical and theoretical knowledge
- Connections amongst disciplines and sub-disciplines
- Professional standards
- Scholarship and research
- Psychomotor and/or clinical skill competency
- Effective communication and collaboration
- Effective use of relevant technologies
- Professional behaviors, skills and ethics
- Reflective practice
As a health and human performance major, you’ll experience:
- Degrees in adventure education, athletic training, exercise and sport physiology, health education, and physical education with options in teacher certification, health promotion, and applied health fitness
- Minors in adventure education, coaching, and health
- A dedicated faculty who are respected leaders in their field
- Field-based programs such as the Adventure Education Immersion Semester, four semesters of athletic training clinical rotation, internships in fitness and sports management, and early practical experiences in teaching
- A state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory
- Opportunities for collaborative research with faculty and other students