The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation has a long history of efforts to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of our region and the entire state of Missouri. All of our programs are geared toward the wise use of leisure time activity. Our faculty is involved in a number of initiatives designed to improve the community including alcohol and drug prevention, smoking cessation, and physical activity promotion.
Our philosophy has always been that students will only be excellent professionals if we teach them both the scientific principles and practical skills required. The faculty applies their knowledge and skills to improve the world around them. We expect the same from our students, and faculty involves students in a number of initiatives so that they gain experience planning, implementing, and evaluating activities. Whether they be health screenings, athletic contests, or exercise programs the students are involved in every phase of the event. The graduates of our programs have hundreds of hours of practical experience in the field through which they have applied the lessons from the classroom.
Our department prides itself on offering the students Extensive, High Quality, Real World Experience. While many programs offer the opportunities for real world experience, our faculty works to ensure that the experiences of our students are closely monitored with specific outcomes tailored to that student’s needs.
We offer a wide variety of top-notch academic programs from traditional K-12 physical education to sport management. Employers seek out our graduates because they know that when they see a graduate from our programs, that individual has an excellent education and knows how to apply the knowledge and skills attained.
It is not sufficient that we know, we must also apply; it is not sufficient that we
have good intentions; we must also act.