Health, PE and Recreation
Assistant Professors: S. Barkley (chair), B. Gerry, D. Krauth
Instructors: B. Barkus, A. Buckley, B. Chambers, J. Evenson, T. Hellman, T. Huber, K. Loeslie, G. Melsted, S. Olinger, J. Reitmeier, M. Stavenger, J. Trumbauer, J. Vahrenkamp, J. VanDam
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is a multidimensional discipline that focuses on the study of human movement as it relates to enhanced motor performance and improved health and fitness. A primary objective is for individuals to develop a lifespan involvement in physical activity and health-related behaviors.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that students have the disciplinary knowledge and professional skills necessary for the development of strategies and programs that promote healthy lifestyles. Students majoring in one of the health, physical education, or recreation fields are prepared for graduate study as well as a wide variety of professional opportunities which include, but are not limited to teaching, coaching, fitness and exercise programming, sport management, and athletic training.
Specifically, the department offers five majors: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Physical Education, and Sport Management. The department also offers a Fitness Management minor, a Health Education endorsement, and Coaching Preparation coursework.
Health Education Endorsement:
17 credit hours
The Health Education Endorsement is designed for students who wish to be prepared to teach health in grades K-12. This endorsement can be used to supplement another teaching major, such as Physical Education.
Required Courses: 17 credit hours
EXSC 277 — Motor Development (2 cr)
HLTH 216 — Stress Management (2 cr)
HLTH 222 — Nutrition and Exercise (2 cr)
HLTH 240 — School Health Education (3 cr)
HLTH 242 — Personal Health (2 cr)
HLTH 243 — Community Health (2 cr)
PE 230 — First Aid and CPR (1 cr)
PE 280 — Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3 cr)
HLTH 216 — Stress Management (2 credits)
This course will define stress and its relationship to health in modern society. Stress-related disease and personality profiles will be examined. Exercise, diet and relaxation techniques will be discussed in relation to stress control. Offered Every Semester, Including Some Interims.
HLTH 222 — Nutrition and Exercise (2 credits)
This course will provide the student with information concerning nutrients in food, optimum nutrition for exercise and sport, and energy values of food in physical activity. It emphasizes the evaluation of body composition, weight control through exercise and diet and modification of eating and exercise disorders. Offered Every Semester, Including Some Interims.
HLTH 240 — School Health Education (3 credits)
A comprehensive evaluation of health issues and curriculum with special emphasis on instructional methodologies. Course content is applicable for teaching at the K-12 level. Students will also complete a health observation experience in local schools as part of this course. Offered Fall Semester, Odd Years
HLTH 242 — Personal Health (2 credits)
A study of the personal health issues that will acquaint the student with essential positive health behaviors. Included are areas of emotional maturity, fitness, nutrition, and weight management. Life style decisions related to alcohol, tobacco, and psychoactive drugs will be explored. The course will also examine the health areas of cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as communicable and chronic diseases. Offered Every Spring Semester.
HLTH 243 — Community Health (2 credits)
A study of health on a local, national, and global level. The students will acquaint themselves with health issues in relation to their community. Included are areas of infectious disease and its prevention, human sexuality, violence and abuse, environmental health, aging, death and dying, and health in the new millennium. Offered Spring Semester, Even Years.
HLTH 365 — Medical Aspects of Sport (2 credits)
This course is required for students majoring in athletic training, but may also serve as an elective course for those in pre-professional training. Students will be introduced to pharmacologic applications, including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions, and interactions of medications, and of the governing regulations relevant to the treatment of injuries and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity. The course will also cover the necessary knowledge and skills that athletic trainers must possess to recognize, treat, and refer (when appropriate) the general medical conditions and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity. Offered Every Fall Semester.