The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences, housed in the College of Health and Human Services, offers comprehensive four-year professional preparation programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degrees in: Physical Education and Health (K-12 Teacher Licensure); Athletic Training; Recreation Therapy; and Recreation, Sport Leadership and Tourism Management. The School also offers a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education and Exercise Science, a Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Gerontology, and a post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.
Comprised of faculty representing a diversity of academic training and professional experience in the areas of health and applied human sciences, the School’s primary mission is to provide quality undergraduate education through its majors, basic studies, and elective course offerings. These priorities are directed toward empowering students to become competent professionals and contributing, ethical citizens. Specifically the School seeks to insure that students understand the historical foundation of their profession, the role of their profession in society, and the importance of a healthy leisure lifestyle in contributing to quality of life. Based on this philosophy, the School encourages the adoption, implementation, and promotion of healthy lifestyle principles by all students. Students are encouraged to go beyond the regional focus with which they are familiar by developing a more complete understanding and acceptance of the rich diversity of cultures and lifestyles associated with our professional programs.
The School believes that a strong commitment to scholarship is a cornerstone to teaching excellence. As such, the School actively pursues scholarly endeavors that are directly applicable to the professional body of knowledge and to the enhancement of the student learning experience through technologically enhanced instruction and quality experiential learning. Maintaining an environment where freedom of thought, expression, and association is the norm allows faculty and students to pursue creative new scholarly ventures. Service to the people who live and work in the southeast region of North Carolina and to the professional disciplines that comprise the programs are also important goals of the School. Fulfilling this mission enhances the position of the School within the University, the profession and the community.