Department of
Health, Physical Education, & Recreation




Program Information

Health & Human Performance Overview

Required Courses

Course Descriptions


Program Resources

Application Form

Major Agreement

Curriculum Guide

Course Sequence

Internship Manual

Retention & Probation Policies



Contact the Health & Human Performance Director

Jennifer Thomas
Phone: 620-341-6160


Health & Human Performance Program

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Human Performance offered by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Emporia State University prepares students for positions in health promotion, strength & conditioning, personal training, public administration and related areas.

Graduates take leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion campaigns in various public and private agencies and institutions at local, state and national levels. 

The Health & Human Performance professionals trained in this program gain the knowledge and skills to affect lifestyle choices. Employment opportunities exist in corporate, clinical/medical, not-for-profit organizations, commercial/private settings and academic institutions.


Potential Careers in Health & Human Performance

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Human Performance can lead to careers in:

  • Corporate Wellness
  • Personal Training/Fitness Facility Management
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Diabetic Care/Assistance
  • Health/Biometric Assessment
  • Human Nutrition
  • Community Health
  • Wellness-Related Philanthropy
  • Pre-Professional Preparation for many Allied Health-Related Programs (such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy,  Exercise Science, Human Nutrition, Chiropractic Medicine, or many other post graduate professional programs)


Health Related Pre-Professional Program Preparation

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Human Performance is a degree that can equip students with the skills to thrive in many different graduate level professional allied health programs, such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Through course planning with the Health & Human Performance advisor, a student can complete the Health & Human Performance undergraduate program requirements along with completing the prerequisite requirements for the various institutions that they want to apply for after graduating (all of this in the average four-year sequence plan time frame).

The courses required for Health & Human Performance majors aid in preparation for the rigorous content faced when pursuing a professional graduate program, as well as keeping students current on professional terminology, immersing students in relevant information and developing skills pertinent to the various allied health professional post graduate programs. Health & Human Performance graduates who have gone into these professional programs comment on how well-prepared and confident they were in their abilities to achieve their academic and professional goals.


Program Admission Information

  1. Prospective Health & Human Performance majors must meet all University requirements and be admitted to Emporia State University.
  2. Prospective Health & Human Performance majors must complete an application for admission to the Health & Human Performance program after they have completed the first eight hours of the Health & Human Performance core classes with a C or better. This application must be accompanied by Major’s Agreement Form, which must be signed and dated.
  3. Prospective Health & Human Performance majors must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in the first eleven Health & Human Performance core hours. 
  4. If a student does not meet the above criteria, the student may petition to be placed on probation for one semester and may reapply at the end of that semester to be removed from probation. 
  5. If the student does not meet the above criteria by the end of the probationary semester, the student will not be admitted to the Health & Human Performance program. 
  6. Any student who has committed a felony will not be admitted to the Health & Human Performance program.
  7. Please contact Daphne Mertens (620-341-5945) to schedule an appointment to learn more about the Health & Human Performance program.

Application Deadlines

  1. Complete the Application Form and Major's Agreement Form.
  2. Application for admission into the Health & Human Performance program must be received by October 1 for Spring acceptance and March 1 for Fall acceptance.