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The mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance is to produce:
- Exercise Science specialists ready to enter into graduate programs or professional, research, or clinical settings.
- Health Promotion specialists ready for a wide variety of programs utilizing wellness components.
- Physical Education teachers ready to implement “best practices” in health, physical education, and adapted physical education using the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards.
Our new Exercise Science emphasis is designed to prepare graduates for professional workplace research settings and acceptance into graduate schools for advanced studies in areas such as, but not limited to, athletic training, clinical exercise physiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, public health, chiropractic health care, and kinesiology.
The Health Promotion specialist emphasis within the Health and Human Performance major, prepares our graduates to serve as future wellness and fitness career professionals advocating for the development of positive health behaviors and facilitating preventative health care in private, corporate, and public wellness settings. In addition, many graduates of the health promotion emphasis also use this undergraduate degree in preparation for acceptance into graduate exercise science programs.
By offering comprehensive programming in the Physical Education emphasis we are preparing our graduates to meet the diverse needs of three different licensure certifications: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Adapted Physical Education teaching endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).