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Health, Physical Education, & Recreation


Department of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation

Our HPER department prepares students to become quality professionals in the areas of:

- athletic training

- coaching

- health and human performance

- physical education

- sports leadership and recreation

We facilitate practical and action-based research and scholarly inquiry and provide cutting-edge and collaborative services in these areas.

We embrace and promote lifelong opportunities for discovery, learning, and participation that contribute to healthy lifestyles.

Emporia State is one of only 10 universities in the nation to have its coaching minor program accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. Our athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The Health & Human Performance Program is endorsed by the National Strength & Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program for both its undergraduate Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning preparation programs.

Emporia State University is a recognized “Gold Campus” by the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine On Campus program. HPER faculty and students are committed to making physical activity and health a part of daily campus culture.

Undergraduate Majors + Minors

Explore the range of career possibilities in health and human performance, health education, physical education, and sport leadership and recreation.

Graduate Degrees + Licensure

Emporia State University developed the first completely online master’s degree program in Health & Physical Education in the United States. The HPER department also offers a fully online health education licensure program for teachers already certified or licensed in other areas. The Master of Science in Athletic Training program provides students the opportunity to work closely with instructors and preceptors on campus in both classroom and clinical environments.

About the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation

Encompassing a number of areas to prepare you for your professional life, find out what facilities we offer, what our mission is, and what accreditattions we hold.

Department Faculty & Staff

Many of the faculty members are nationally recognized in their fields. Most of the graduate faculty members in the department have doctoral degrees and extensive experience.


Paying for your education can be stressful. See what money you may be eligible for as a student of HPER at ESU.

HPER Hall of Honor

Since 2003, the HPER Hall of Honor has recognized graduates of the HPER department who have achieved prominence in their chosen field or who have made significant contribution to ESU in the form of service to the HPER department.