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Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP)

Athletic TrainingThe Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) offers students opportunities to prepare for professional careers as teachers of health and of physical education, as directors in industry and social agencies, as recreation and leisure service professionals in a wide range of settings, and as health and fitness professionals in schools, industry, and allied areas. 

Undergraduate programs in the department lead to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Community and Public Health, Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies, Physical Education, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Persons majoring in Leisure, Sport & Tourism Studies may specialize in Recreation Administration, Outdoor Recreation, Sport Studies, or Tourism Studies.

ClassroomMinors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education are also available. 

The Department of Health and Human Performance offers three Master of Science degrees: one with a major in Exercise Science; one with a major in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health and in Physical Education; and one with a major in Leisure and Sport Management with concentrations in Recreation and Leisure Services and in Sport Industry.

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The department also offers the Ph.D. in Human Performance with specializations in five areas: Exercise Science, Health, Kinesmetrics, Leisure Studies, and Physical Education. The Kinesmetrics Lab offers measurement and statistical consulting services to HHP students and faculty.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Health and Human Performance supports the mission of the University by providing quality teaching and research in a variety of interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty, staff, and students engage in basic and applied research, encourage community and university service, and develop educational and community partnerships. 

Emphasis is placed upon effective instruction and creative activity in optimization of health and lifestyle modification, enhancement and maximization of physical performance, effective management and promotion of sport, provision of services in varied recreation and leisure settings, and prevention of illness and athletic injury. 

The department strives to improve and update academic offerings to keep pace with the continually evolving fields that comprise health and human performance in a student centered learning environment.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be globally recognized for providing an inclusive student-centered learning environment, distinguished by quality teaching, integrated scholarship, and strong community involvement.

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