The Health and Human Performance Department prepares quality teachers, coaches, fitness and recreation leaders who will enrich and support the health and well-being of others. The goal of the department is to help all individuals live healthy, satisfying, and energetic lives.
The Health and Human Performance program provides students with two major options: Health and Physical Education (K-12) and Exercise and Sports Science.
The first major, Health and Physical Education, is a 135-credit comprehensive program that qualifies graduates to teach K-12 physical education in the public school setting. Combining the Health Education and Physical Education options into one single major allows graduates to obtain licensure in both areas, as they are both desired to acquire a teaching position. Option 2 (Exercise and Sport Science) is designed for students who seek careers in a broad range of areas related to exercise and sport science, including: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, personal training, sport management, corporate wellness center, coaching, physical and occupational therapy, and health promotion. The program prepares students who plan to continue their education at the graduate level in any Kinesiology sub-discipline (athletic training, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, sport management, sport psychology). Upon graduation students are required to take the ACSM or NSCA certification exam.
There is also the Health and Wellness Management degree completion program designed to equip students with the skills necessary to design, develop, implement, and maintain health and wellness programs in the workplace.
The Health and Human Performance department also provides minors for students. Minors include; Health Education, Coaching, and Outdoor education. An Adapted Physical Education minor is also available for students seeking K-12 physical education certification or for teachers who are already certified in K-12 physical education.
Before graduation, students need to participate in undergraduate research (in their specific field). Also, every student needs to fulfill an internship credit before graduation. Those wishing to complete a teaching certification also need to complete student teaching and observation requirements.