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Health and Human Performance Department

Dale Cannavan

The field of health and exercise science is rapidly changing. Today professionals use scientific underpinnings to promote the health and well-being of youth and adults in locations including schools, health care facilities, sports fields, and community health agencies.

When you choose a major or minor in the Health and Human Performance Department, you will learn lifetime movement skills and examine them through a Christian worldview. You will discover how to combine service and leadership as you promote health through physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

Undergraduate Programs

You can choose from two majors in the Health and Human Performance Department: Exercise Science and Health and Fitness Education. Find out which one can help you reach your goals.

Already selected your major? Compliment it with one of these HHP minors: Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Education, and Coaching Science.

Health and Human Performance News and Events

Dr. Cannavan Gives Lecture

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Dale Cannavan recently presented a lecture at the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Conference in Arizona.

A Century of Physical Education at SPU

Seattle Pacific first added courses in physical education in 1914, recommending that “courses consist of classes in both theory and practice.” Courses in tennis and basketball for all students soon began. Watch this year for ways to celebrate with us SPU's 100 years of health and fitness.

Explore HHP’s New Website

The Health and Human Performance Department welcomes you to our new website. Explore our majors and minors, and discover whether Exercise Science or Health and Fitness Education is right for you.

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“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
427–347 BC
Professor Perspective: Dale Cannavan

Why Choose an HHP Major

Dr. Dale Cannavan and student Natalie Nobbs explain what to expect from a major in the Health and Human Performance Department.