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. Also, the goal of the department is to help all individuals live healthy, satisfying, and energetic lives.
The health and human performance major provides students with three options: K-12 Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science, and Health Education.
Option 1 (K-12 Physical Education) is a 54-credit comprehensive program (no minor required) that qualifies graduates to teach K-12 physical education in the public school setting.
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 subdiscipline (athletic training, biomechanics, cardiac rehabilitation, sport management, sport psychology). Upon graduation students are required to take the ACSM or NSCA certification exam.
Option 3 (Health Education) is designed to prepare students to teach health education in the school setting. Graduates will also be prepared to work in various allied health professions.
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. Students going into education need to complete student teaching and observation requirements.
There are many clubs available for students majoring in health and human performance. Some specific clubs are HHP club, Physical Education Club, Health Education Club, Sport Science Club. Participation in clubs allows students to apply their knowledge and decision-making skills as they learn them in their classes.