The Department of Health and Human Performance offers programs that prepare students to pursue careers in athletic training/sports medicine, community health and/or careers that employ exercise interventions for both healthy and diseased populations. The department offers one undergraduate degree program: Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. There are three concentrations within the B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science: community health education, exercise science and general health and physical education. The latter concentration is intended for students in the five-year Extended Teacher Preparation Program who are preparing to be health and physical education teachers.
Along with the undergraduate program, the department also offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training, a Master of Science in Health and Movement Sciences, the teaching health and physical education concentration of the Master of Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation and Movement Science.
The M.S. in Health and Movement Sciences program provides advanced course work for students interested in the application of health and movement science principles to exercise science, teaching and sports medicine. This program has a central focus on the sciences and is flexible enough so that students, with the assistance of an adviser, can design a program that truly meets their professional goals. The program also offers an excellent progression of study for students that teach in the health and physical education field. The department also offers an entry level athletic training option as part of the M.S. in Health and Movement Science program.
The Master of Teaching with a concentration in teaching health and physical education is the graduate component of the five-year Extended Teacher Preparation Program which prepares students to teach health and physical education in grades K-12. Students begin study as undergraduates in the general health and physical education concentration of the B.S. in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science program. Students apply for admission to teacher preparation and to the Graduate School during the course of undergraduate study. Upon completion of the program, students receive both the B.S. and M.T. degrees simultaneously.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation and Movement Science program is interdisciplinary in nature and includes faculty from the departments of Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Students choose either a cardiopulmonary track or one in neuromusculoskeletal dynamics.
For more information, consult the departments Web site at www.soe.vcu.edu/departments/hhp.