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Health and Human Performance

What Can I Do With

A Major In Health and Human Performance?

The Health & Human Performance (HHP) Department emphasizes all dimensions of health and human movement to enhance the longevity and quality of life. A major in HHP may choose from one of the Athletic Training major or the following options: Applied Health Science, Exercise Science, or Health Enhancement.

The goal of the Athletic Training Major is to prepare competent entry-level athletic trainers for employment in educational and clinical settings or post-graduate study. The Athletic Training curriculum is designed to help students develop proficiency in the acute care of injuries/illnesses, risk management and injury prevention, psychosocial intervention and referral, therapeutic exercise, pharmacology, pathology of injuries/illnesses, health care administration, general medical conditions and disabilities, assessment and evaluation, professional development and responsibilities, and nutritional aspects. Successful graduates should possess the knowledge and skills to qualify for the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification.

The Applied Health Science option prepares students for professional certification and employment in two areas: exercise and fitness and/or community health education. Successful graduates of this option should possess the knowledge and skills to qualify for: 1) American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor's Certification; 2) National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, or equivalent; and/or 3) Certification as a Health Education Specialist. Students should be prepared to assess health needs, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion activities in a variety of settings. The Exercise Science option is designed to provide students with an in-depth biological and social science background and prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in exercise physiology and related sciences.

The Exercise Science option has two tracks:  Pre-Professional and  Applied.  The Pre-Professional track is designed to provide students with an in-depth science background and prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in exercise physiology and related health sciences such as medical school, physical therapy, physician's assistant or other medical programs. The Pre-Professional option is for students planning to continue on in higher education.  The Applied track option prepares students for professional certification and employment in two areas: exercise and fitness and/or community health education. Successful graduates of this option should possess the knowledge and skills to qualify for: 1) American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor's Certification; 2) National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification, or equivalent; and/or 3) Certification as a Health Education Specialist. Students should be prepared to assess health needs, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion activities in a variety of settings. The Exercise Science option is designed to provide students with an in-depth biological and social science background and prepares students for post-baccalaureate study in exercise physiology and related sciences.

The Health Enhancement option prepares students to teach health behaviors and to facilitate their adoption in the school or community. Students successfully completing the Health Enhancement emphasis should meet state certification standards for teaching Health Enhancement in K-12 environments.

The Community Health option is designed for students who are deeply interested in the interrelationship among all aspects of health (social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical) and in the life sciences and behavioral sciences. In addition, success in this field requires imagination and creativity in applying scientific knowledge to strategies for individual and community change through a wide range of educational, environmental and political approaches. Graduates in Community Health will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including non-profit health organizations, public health departments, worksite wellness programs, college and university human resource and wellness programs, community based health agencies, and primary health care sites such as hospitals and health maintenance organizations.


A Sample of Related Occupations

HHP provides a base for these occupations. Many require advanced education or specialization beyond an undergraduate degree in HHP.
  • Athletic Director
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Corporate Fitness Director
  • Director of Community Health
  • Director of Intramurals & Recreation
  • Director of Sports Facilities
  • Director of Sports Medicine
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Program Director
  • Exercise Specialist