Health and Human Development

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The mission of the Department of Health and Human Development is to educate individuals to improve personal and community wellness and quality of life through human movement, health and leisure experiences.

Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Development. We offer degree programs for students in distinct programs:

Kinesiology and Physical Education Program

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Earn an undergraduate or graduate degree by combining the discipline of human performance with either a teacher education or a kinesiology concentration.

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Public Health

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Western's Public Health Program provides students a rigorous and dynamic hands-on educational experience that prepares them to effectively and compassionately improve the public’s health and advocate for social justice through community involvement and collaboration. 

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Recreation Management and Leadership

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The Recreation Management and Leadership curriculum prepares you for leadership and management careers in diverse recreational settings, including outdoor, community, therapeutic, and sustainable tourism.

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The HHD Department is one of the oldest and largest departments at Western. There are currently over 650 undergraduate and 25 graduate students enrolled in the three programs, making it large enough to provide a comprehensive curriculum, yet small enough that you won't get lost in the crowd. The department is housed in the recently renovated Carver Academic Facility, along with its Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Labs, Anatomy Lab, Lou Parberry Fitness Center, program suites, faculty offices, classrooms and athletic facilities.