Undergraduate Programs in Health and Human Performance
The fields of health and fitness impact everyone, young and old. If you want to change the world through athletics and wellness, the Department of Health and Human Performance has a program to meet your needs.
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers two undergraduate degree programs, a graduate degree program, and five certificate programs. Maximize your time studying what you’re passionate about by choosing one of three concentrations. All HHP majors get to practice their skills in settings relevant to their concentration, in the classroom, the Wellness Center or the Active Aging program.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, with a concentration in Teaching and Coaching K-12
Everyday heroes, teachers and coaches shape their students’ lives. This concentration prepares students to acquire a K-12 teaching license and lead their own classes. Education students usually participate in classroom observation early on, making sure that they are on the right path. By graduation, students are familiar with the rules of the major youth sports, the principles of physical education and the basics of classroom management. We also encourage students to get an additional endorsement in Health Education, building on the previous courses in the concentration.
Learn more about the Teaching and Coaching K-12 concentration program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness
Health promotion and wellness activities take place in a range of institutions from private clinics to fitness centers throughout the United States. In this concentration, students take classes about proper nutrition, exercise, management, consumer health, and much more. Outreach programs, health fairs, and community activities round out the students’ experiences and prepare them with practical skills for the real world. Students have the option of concentrating their studies in Health Promotion, Fitness Programming, Exercise Science or Gerontology.
Learn more about the Health Promotion and Wellness concentration program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, concentration in Recreation or Sport Management
In this concentration, students can select to concentrate their studies in Recreation Programming or Sport Management. Students try everything from aquatics to volleyball; recreation programming to sports administration. Course work in the desired area is complemented with hands-on experiences in recreation programming and sports management administration. Students gain hands-on experience working with all ages through partnerships with local nursing homes, the Hays Recreation Commission, FHSU Athletics and FHSU Intramurals. Recreation and Sports Management alumni find themselves employed anywhere from community/private recreation centers, athletic administration positions at all academic levels (collegiate to middle school) and professional sports teams.
Learn more about the Recreation and Sports Management concentration program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, concentration in Sport and Exercise Therapy
The Sport and Exercise Therapy concentration in Health and Human Performance is designed as a guide to assist students in their preparation for entrance application for professional programs in physical therapy, physicians assistant and occupational therapy. Individuals wishing to enter a professional health program should pursue an undergraduate major in the discipline of their choice, but should take whatever additional courses may be necessary as prerequisites for admission to the specific professional school of interest. Students are encouraged to locate the specific admissions requirement for the school of interest and work with their program advisor to ensure that all admissions requirements are met prior to graduation from Fort Hays State University.
Learn more about the Sport and Exercise Therapy concentration program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
Athletic trainers help prevent, care and rehabilitate musculoskeletal conditions in people of all ages, from children to professional athletes. From the sophomore year onward, the nationally accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education [CAATE]) Athletic Training Program prepares students for the Board of Certification exam, the gateway to a successful career as an athletic trainer. In addition, students gain valuable hands-on experience in our facilities on and off campus through practicums with FHSU Athletics, area high schools and the Hays Medical community.
Learn more about the B.S. in Athletic Training program of study.
Bachelor of Science in Health Studies
This is an online degree program designed to provide a post-professional degree completion option for individuals who possess a professional credential in a clinically-based allied health discipline from a community college or technical program. The course of study is designed to provide career and academic advancement for current practitioners who wish to assume increasing responsibility in their current positions or in a related area of health care.
Learn more about the B.S. in Health Studies program of study.