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Health and Human Performance

The Health and Human Performance Department offers majors in health and physical education, exercise and sports science, health and wellness management and a graduate degree in clinical exercise physiology. Our students benefit from the university's state-of-the-art technology and modern sports facilities. With experienced instruction from a supportive faculty, we prepare our students for a variety of health-related careers, including: cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and teaching, teaching health and physical education, health management, adapted physical education, coaching, and physical and occupational therapy. More importantly, we foster a commitment to lifelong physical activity and healthy lifestyles that enrich the lives of others.

The Health and Human Performance Department Advantage 

  • Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world situations in Wisconsin and Minnesota public schools, fitness centers and regional sports teams.
  • Our students skate in the Hunt Ice Arena, rock climb in the Knowles Recreation Complex and shoot hoops in the Karges Physical Education Center. With the completion of the Falcon Center in 2017, Health and Human Performance students will have access to the $61 million, 162,300-square-foot facility, which includes state-of-the-art teaching classrooms, an exercise science lab, a new fitness center, an outdoor adventure rental center, bouldering wall and more.
  • Technology and media are a key part of our programs. We use the latest exercise testing equipment to prepare students for a career in the exercise industry.
  • With more 120 student organizations, 20 intramural sports programs and 15 athletic teams, UW-River Falls athletes have no shortage of ways to stay fit and busy.

News and Happenings

  • The Emogene Nelson Physical Education Workshop will be held at the Karges Center on April 24. Read about our guest presenters, including "Groove" Master Trainer Jenn Litt, and get the Professional schedule here.document Information for Future Professionals can be found heredocument. For more information about the conference, contact Shelby McChesneymail, UW-River Falls HPE club vice president, and James Gostomski, physical education program director.

  • The 5th Annual HPE Fun Run will take place on Saturday, May 9. Please click on the brochure link here.document
  • The Health and Human Performance Golf Tournament will be held on July 24 at the River Falls Club. More information coming this spring 2015.

Contact Us

Health and Human Performance
Phone: 715-425-3705
111 Karges