Health and Human Development

Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Development

Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Development. We offer degree programs for students interested in professions related to kinesiology; P-12 physical education and health; public health education; and recreation management and leadership. We have created a video overview of programs within our department to share info on admission to the major, classes to take while waiting to declare your major, major requirements and student experience within the program, and other frequently asked questions. We encourage students to view the video pertaining to their program of interest by clicking the link below and feel free to contact HHD Academic Advisor Jen Leita ( for additional advising assistance.

Kinesiology Program

Physical Education and Health P-12

Public Health Program

Recreation Management and Leadership Program

Kinesiology and Physical Education Program

The Kinesiology Program provides concentrated study of human movement from developmental, mechanical, motor control, psychosocial, psychological, pathological and physiological perspectives. This program is appropriate for students who plan to work in the fitness/exercise industry and can serve as a preparatory program for graduate or post-baccalaureate study in the areas of aging, auxology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, health/fitness, motor control/learning, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing or similar allied health programs, and sport psychology.

The Physical Education Program provides concentrated study of pedagogy, exercise and sport science, and health education. Completion of the requirements leads to teacher certification in P-12 physical education and health. This program is special in that it consists of four sequential five-credit blocks with practicum experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Public Health Program

Western's Public Health Program (previously known as the Community Health Program) offers a curriculum for students interested in careers in public health and health promotion in a variety of settings, including: community, school, worksite, college/university, and medical/clinical.  Western's program is designed to prepare students for the examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Recreation Management and Leadership Program

Nationally accredited, the Recreation Management and Leadership Program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation Management and Leadership. The major offers concentrations in sustainable tourism, community recreation, outdoor recreation, and therapeutic recreation. It prepares students to enhance the quality of individual and community life through the provision of recreation and leisure services for all people.