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About Health, Physical Education + Recreation

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About Health, Physical Education + Recreation


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


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

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

This accreditation means the program has gone through a rigorous check by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education to make sure the program meets their standards and is qualified to teach students the programs they are offering.

Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education

Emporia State University’s coaching education minor was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) in 2012 and is valid through 2019. ESU is one of only 10 higher education institutions that are NCACE accredited.

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

As a CAEP accredited institution, ESU's education programs - including physical and health education - are dedicated to advancing equity and excellence through evidence-based accreditation assuring quality and supporting continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Emporia State Health, Physical Education & Recreation student practicing physical training exercises

Exercise Is Medicine Campus

Emporia State University is one of only 139 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. ESU is the only university in Kansas to receive the gold-level distinction and one of only three universities in the state named an EIM-OC school.

Exercise is Medicine

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is located in the HPER building (often pronounced '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.

Gym in Recreation Center

Building facilities include a five instructional gymnasiums, three racquetball/handball courts, a spin cycle room, a dance room, a 25-meter 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.

Campus outdoor facilities include four tennis courts, a baseball field, a softball field, a soccer pitch 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 used for our classes.

The offices for HPER are located on the top floor.

Metered parking is available in the parking lot immediately to the west of the HPER building. View the campus maps and virtual explorer page.

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


A high level of physical stress (heart, lungs, muscles, bones, etc.) occurs with many of the activities incorporated into our classes. With this stress, is an inherent risk of injury. 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. It is highly recommended that each student have their physical health evaluated by a physician. The instructor assumes no responsibility for evaluating medical qualifications.

Mailing Address:

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

Physical Address:

Health, Physical Education, & Recreation
1720 Morse Road
HPER Building, Main Floor
Main Office, Rm 219