Department of
Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

 

Undergraduate Programs


Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training

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Bachelor of Science, Health Education

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Bachelor of Science, Health Promotion

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Bachelor of Science, Physical Education

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Bachelor of Science, Recreation

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Minors in Coaching Education, Health, Physical Education, or Recreation

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Graduate Programs


Master of Science, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

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Licensure - Online Health Education

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About the Department

The Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is located in the HPER building - often called the "hyper," located off of Merchant Street between 18th Avenue and 15th Avenue, with its main entrance on the west side. The two story concrete building, constructed in 1973, houses the HPER department, ESU Intercollegiate Athletics, and recreation facilities. Extensive renovations were completed in 2016. Facilities include a five instructional gymnasiums, six handball courts, an Olympic-size pool, an adaptive pool, and specialized rooms for combative activities. Also included are areas for dancing, physical therapy, weight conditioning, human performance study, and adaptive physical activity, as well as classrooms and offices.

The offices for the HPER department are located on the top floor.

Metered parking is available in the parking lot immediately to the west of the HPER building. Campus map >

To learn more about our programs, please contact 620-341-5926.

Mailing Address:

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
(on the ESU main campus)
HPER Building, Main Floor
Main Office, Rm 219


The central purpose of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation is to provide individuals with a variety of selected movement experiences which will contribute to healthy and effective lives. The department encourages the development of a physically educated person. To be physically educated is to possess physical capacities, knowledge, and skills which contribute to one's effectiveness as a moving and thinking individual in our complex society.

VISION

The vision of Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at Emporia State University will strive to be a nationally prominent department known for academic excellence, professional leadership, and public service.

MISSION

The mission of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) at Emporia State University is to prepare quality professionals in the area of athletic training, health, physical education, recreation, and coaching, facilitate practical and action-based research and scholarly inquiry, and provide cutting-edge and collaborative services in athletic training, health, physical education, recreation and coaching. We embrace and promote lifelong opportunities for discovery, learning, and participation that contribute to healthy lifestyles.

FACILITIES

Emporia State University is very fortunate in the quantity and quality of specialized facilities, playing fields and equipment available for health, physical education, athletic training and recreation. The HPER Building has five gymnasiums, an eight-lane swimming pool and an adaptive pool. Also included are two handball-racquetball courts, a dance studio, a spin cycle room, a strength and conditioning room, smart classrooms, seminar rooms, specialized laboratories, and central office suite.

Campus outdoor facilities include four tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field and approximately forty acres of grass fields. Welch Stadium is located immediately south of the HPER Building. The stadium surrounds the varsity football field and an eight-lane polyurethane track. Various community facilities are also utilized to service the programs.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK

A physical exam is not required for classes in the Department of HPER. However, due to the nature of the activity that involves a high level of physical stress (heart, lungs, muscles, bones, etc.) each student should have his/her physical health evaluated by a physician. The instructor assumes no responsibility for evaluating medical qualifications.

Due to the nature of the activities included in this department, an inherent risk of injury is involved. Such injury may include, but is not limited to, sprains, strains, burns, bruises, broken bones, tissue cuts, and the catastrophic. Students are advised of the potential for injury and should participate in any class in HPER only after they fully understand and accept the inherent risk factor.