Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

The Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) is located in the new Student Recreation Center. The HHPR faculty possess a wide array of specializations. The department offers undergraduate degree programs in Exercise Science, Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management, and Physical Education, five minors and certificates in Dance, Coaching, and Hospitality Management, as well as a graduate program in HHPR. Within each of the degree programs, there are emphases/concentration areas from which students select the professional paths that best fit their needs.

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Degrees and Information
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  • HHPR Undergraduate Degrees
  • HHPR Minors and Certificates
  • HHPR Graduate Degrees
  • Not sure which program is right for you?
Welcome to Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR).  The Department of HHPR offers a wide range of specialized areas. From physical education, to dance, to hospitality management, HHPR is here to help students find the appropriate specialization area in health, human performance or recreation.

The Department of HHPR offers undergraduate degrees with majors in Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Recreation Services, Sport and Hospitality Management. 

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The Department of HHPR offers six undergraduate minors and three certificate areas. Minors include Coaching, Dance, Exercise Science, Hospitality Management, Physical Education, and Recreation. Certificates in Coaching, Dance, and Hospitality Management are also available to students.

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The Department of HHPR offers an online Master of Science degree for students interested in advanced studies. Students must complete one emphasis area: Human Performance and Wellness, Physical Education, or Sport and Leisure Management.

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You may be unsure which program of study is right for you. Our faculty would like to hear from you and answer any questions.

Faculty Contacts: 

Dr. Cole Shewmake | Physical Education

Dr. Laura Covert-Miller | Recreation

Dr. Mike Carper | Exercise Science

Dr. R. Scott Gorman | Graduate Programs



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The Ability Lab at Pittsburg State University serves as an experiential classroom to provide students majoring in Therapeutic Recreation opportunities to build the skills needed to pursue careers as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

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The Applied Physiology Laboratory (APL) at Pittsburg State University serve as a student and research driven educational center dedicated to preparing students in the Exercise Science program to pursue careers as Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA-CSCS), Certified Clinical Exercise Specialists (CES) or Certified Personal Trainers (CPT), and/or Master’s or Doctoral Graduate Students.

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Recreation Accreditation Documents

Pittsburg State University's Recreation and Therapeutic Recreation Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs in parks, recreation, tourism, sport management, event management, therapeutic recreation, and leisure studies offered at regionally accredited institutions within the United States and its territories, and at nationally accredited institutions in Canada and Mexico.
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Contact Information: 

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Chair: Dr. John Oppliger

     101 Student Recreation Center

Contact: Susan Downing

     Phone: 620-235-4665

     Fax: 620-235-4385