Health, Physical Education, & Recreation (HPER)


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at the University of North Alabama is to enhance the quality of life for the general citizenry through the promotion of active and healthy lifestyles and to facilitate mastery of knowledge and development of attitudes, behaviors, and skills reflecting expertise in the field. With this preparation, graduates will be prepared to assume leadership roles associated with development, implementation, and administration of programs in physical education, exercise science, fitness, health, recreation, and sport management. In addition, graduates will have the foundation necessary to successfully pursue advanced training, certifications, and academic degrees.
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Academic Programs

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: Physical Education, Teaching and Physical Education, Non-Teaching. The Physical Education, Teaching degree leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education and qualification for recommendation for the Alabama Class B Professional Certificate at the P-12 level in Physical Education. The Physical Education, Non-Teaching degree offers five concentrations from which the student may choose: Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Health Promotion, Recreation, and Sport Management.The department also offers minors in Exercise Science, Fitness Management, Health, Health Promotion, Outdoor Education, Community Recreation, Coaching and Officiating, and Sports Management, which may be applicable to other majors requiring a supportive minor. In addition, the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation offers physical education activity courses which are available as elective credit to all students who wish to develop skills for personal pleasure or lifelong physical activity. All students majoring in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in both the teaching and non-teaching programs are required to successfully complete an exit examination prior to graduation. The date for the exit examination will be announced each semester.
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The Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is located in Flowers Hall, a $2.5 million health and physical education facility. In addition to the physical education activity areas, the facilities include a Human Performance Laboratory, Wellness Center, and swimming pool. The HPER Department has also been designated as the UNA Wellness Research and Service Center.
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Faculty in the Department of HPER possess knowledge and experiences in a wide variety of areas. Several members of the HPER faculty are active in research, in conjunction with the Human Performance Laboratory and Wellness Center. Many have research published or presented at state, district, or national conferences. Many also serve as consultants to various school systems, recreational agencies, mental health associations, sports medicine clinics, health and fitness centers, hospitals and corporate wellness centers as well as UNA Program Services.
Wellness CenterThe departmental faculty are not only dedicated in helping students with their programs of study in HPER, but also in assisting them in either continuing their education in graduate studies or in securing employment related to their program of study. Students are strongly encouraged to drop by faculty offices and visit with their advisors as well as other faculty members to discuss academic, career, or other concerns that they may have.

Undergraduate Majors