Instructor leads children in group aerobic exercise.

We are excited that you are considering the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) as the place that will help you soar!

SHAHS is one of three schools in the College of Health and Human Services and the tie that binds us is a commitment to improving the health and quality of life in individuals, families and communities. We have six undergraduate degree programs: athletic training; exercise science; healthful living and fitness education; public health; recreation, sport leadership and tourism management; and recreation therapy and graduate programs in gerontology and physical education and health teacher licensure. Each of these degree programs focuses on the health and well-being of all persons. Read more about the mission and goals for the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences:

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If you have an interest in helping others lead healthier, happier lives, whether it is healthy living through disease prevention/health promotion, motor skill acquisition/production or helping persons through the aging process, this is the place for you!

June 26, 2020: The following statement was prepared by the HAHS Program Coordinators with assistance from some faculty members and representatives of our Black student community.

The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences Leadership Team stands against the repugnant rhetoric of racism, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, ageism, misogyny, and religious intolerance and actively affirms that Black lives matter.  We denounce any and all racist activity by faculty, staff, or students that serves to intimidate, harass, or suppress diversity. We are committed to ensuring that our actions and policies reflect the values of the Seahawk Respect Compact of actively fostering, encouraging, and promoting inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve. 

We acknowledge that we can always do more and we pledge to find additional ways to embody our school’s values of diversity, inclusion, and social justice so that all our students feel safe, validated, and valued. Beginning immediately, we will focus on how we can do better on our strategic goals related to diversity and inclusion including, but not limited to, Goal 1.3 “Attract and retain high-quality and diverse students, faculty, and staff.” We will also analyze our degree programs and outreach projects to seek opportunities to infuse inclusion and diversity initiatives to better prepare our students to become critically thinking citizens who will advance change in our disciplines and society.

There can be no equity for anyone until there is equity for everyone. We commit to working towards eliminating inequality in our communities and we join the call for justice. 

Veterans Hall

This summer, health and human services degree programs and new programs under consideration such as respiratory therapy, speech language pathology and physician assistant studies, will move into our new building, Veterans Hall.

Additional laboratories will allow students to practice skills, giving them the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom through hands-on experiences, peer to peer activities in laboratory settings, standardized patient experiences, simulation learning and real-world client interactions. These practice opportunities prepare our graduates to join tomorrow’s health and human services workforce. 

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