About the Health and Human Performance Department

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SPU’s Health and Human Performance Department offers programs for undergraduates who desire to pursue careers in areas such as strength and conditioning, fitness training, coaching, education, recreational leadership, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Additionally, students who major in other disciplines and seek to change their current lifestyles, can improve their fitness and develop movement skills for a lifetime through an HHP minor or through lifetime activities courses.  The Health and Human Performance Department is a member of the American Kinesiology Association.

In September 1914, Seattle Pacific added physical education to its curriculum, advising that "courses consist of classes both in theory and in practice.” The forerunner of today’s Health and Human Performance Department, these new courses established the importance Seattle Pacific placed on health and fitness education.

Today, HHP faculty are experts and active professional practitioners in their fields. This gives students access to the most up-to-date training and equipment in those disciplines. Dedicated educators, HHP faculty care about their students and — with SPU’s exceptional faculty-to-student ratio — work closely with them to help them succeed.

Why Major in Exercise Science or Health and Fitness Education at SPU?

The Health and Human Performance Department offers two majors: Exercise Science and Health and Fitness Education.

When you major in Exercise Science, upon graduation you are well prepared to pursue national certification from either the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and/or American College Sports Medicine (ACSM).

As a Health and Fitness Education major, you will benefit from the department’s extensive connections with Seattle schools ― and the exceptional placement rate for graduates who become teachers, coaches, and community health educators.

But no matter your chosen major, you will benefit from the department’s hands-on practical approach in classes and labs, small class sizes, and an extensive access to internships throughout the greater-Seattle area — from training centers to health care clinics, professional sports teams, and more.

Other Ways to Benefit Your Academic Studies and Establish a Lifetime of Healthy Skills

If your major is in a different school or department, you can enhance your learning by adding one of the three HHP minors — the Exercise Science minor, the Health and Fitness Education minor, or the Coaching Science minor — to complement your major by adding new knowledge and proficiencies.

Likewise through extensive for-credit course options, you can experience diverse physical-activity options, establishing habits and skills to last you a lifetime, whatever your career goals might be.

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Seattle Pacific first added courses in physical education in 1914, recommending that “the courses consist of classes in both theory and practice.” Courses in tennis and basketball, for both male and female students, soon began.


Discover the HHP Majors

Do your career goals include making a difference in the fields of health care, athletics, or education? Consider majoring in Exercise Science or Health and Fitness Education.