About the Department of Health & Human Performance

The Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) offers majors in Exercise Science, Public Health, and Health Services Administration and Management, as well as minors in Coaching and Health Informatics, as well as Physical Activity & Lifetime Movement (PALM) Program courses designed to facilitate a healthy and active lifestyle.  

Beginning the 2023-24 academic year, the Physical Education Teacher Education program will no longer be available to incoming students (freshman and transfers). The program will undergo a teach out so that all currently declared students have an opportunity to complete their major requirements based on their academic advising plan.

Students in HHP are challenged in the classroom by our dedicated and dynamic faculty through the use of cutting-edge instructional technology and practices that challenge students to think critically about how course content can be integrated into a rapidly evolving world. In addition to their commitment to teaching, our faculty are esteemed scholars in their respective disciplines who strive to help students make connections beyond the classroom. These outstanding opportunities enhance the knowledge gained in our diverse course offerings. Some of these rewarding experiences include:

  • Paid immersive research experiences through the Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grant program. Examples of these research include:
    • Effect of Storage Temperature and Time on Urine Electrolyte Assessment
    • Lower Extremity Jump-Landing Biomechanics After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Quadriceps Tendon vs. Patellar Tendon Autographs
    • Encountering Overdoes: An Analysis of College Students' Overdose Experiences
    • Data Visualization: From COVID-19 to Back on the Bricks
  • Experiential learning through:
    • Internships
    • Student Organizations: Public Health Society and Physical Education and Health Club (PEH) memberships
    • Diverse research opportunities, including presentations at local, regional, and national conferences
    • Partnerships with Water Missions International, OneWorld Health and other NGO's who provide international service opportunities for qualified students