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Majors and Minors

We have five distinct majors in the Department of Health and Human Performance.   If you are interested in a scientific view of health and how exercise affects health, consider our Applied Health Science major.  Depending on their interests and passions, students from this major enter into wellness and fitness professions or health professions such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, etc.

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If you are interested in working with athletes in using the latest scientific evidence to treat and prevent injuries, check out our Athletic Training major.  Many students use athletic training as a path to physical therapy, as well.

Our Health and Physical Education major is a path for students who want to become certified to teach health and physical education in primary or secondary schools.

If you are interested in working in the front offices of sports or athletics organizations, our Sport Management major offers valuable classroom and practical experiences toward that goal.

Adventure Education may be the major for you if your career goals include planning and leading outdoor learning experiences.

I invite you to explore our variety of course and curriculum offerings.  Please feel free to contact me or any of our faculty if you have any questions or want to know how to begin your Messiah College journey.

-Jodie L. Haak, PhD   

Chair, Health and Human Performance Department