Department of Health and Human Performance :: Welcome
Promote Health. STRENGTHEN Communities.
We strive to prepare the next generation of leaders in health, kinesiology and sport management. You will gain knowledge and real-world experience in diverse community and global settings. Our faculty and students produce and disseminate quality research that is current and relevant to communities of learners in our academic, professional and global environments.
We offer undergraduate and graduate programs in health with teacher certification; public health; kinesiology with teacher certification; human performance; and sports and recreation management.
Our accomplished faculty and small class sizes produce an inviting atmosphere for learning and scholarship.
Department of Health and Human Performance :: Welcome from the Department Head
Welcome from the Department Head
Welcome to the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce. We offer graduate and undergraduate programs in health with teacher certification, public health, kinesiology with teacher certification, human performance, and sport and recreation management. Our accomplished faculty and small class sizes produce an inviting atmosphere for learning and scholarship.
The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sports studies prepares students for employment in a wide variety of settings in the fitness industry, in the sports and allied health field, rehabilitation clinics, sports teams, and more. The Human Performance track is designed to prepare individuals for graduate school (e.g. kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy).
This 30-credit hour program will prepare you for a career in athletic administration and can be completed within a year. You have the option of completing an internship to gain real-world experience as you complete your degree work.
Prepare for a rewarding career in athletic administration, exercise science, health promotion or sport and recreation management with a Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies. With two concentrations offered 100% online, our affordable, convenient and practical degree programs are an ideal solution for working professionals like you to enhance your career.
Our 30-credit hour master’s program is designed for you. It addresses the needs and goals of both pre-service and veteran coaches. You will enhance your skills and knowledge within the four essential areas of coaching which are tactical, technical, psychological and physical.
This online program covers all four areas of coaching: physical, psychological, tactical and technical. The mix of theory and practice will give you the ability to impact your athletes’ mental and physical performance.
Department of Health and Human Performance :: HHP Minors
Health and Human performance minors
The Department of Health and Human Performance offers multiple minor options, including athletic training, health, coaching athletics, sport and recreation management, and human performance.
Athletic Training Minor
If you’re interested athletic training, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sports studies (human performance emphasis) with an athletic training minor. The athletic training minor allows you to complete the required courses to qualify for the Texas Licensure exam to become a Licensed Athletic Trainer within the state of Texas.
You will be required to complete 1,800 apprenticeship hours under the supervision of an athletic trainer, which must be completed over a minimum of five fall or spring semesters. To become a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), you can pursue a master’s degree in a CAATE accredited athletic training program upon completion of your bachelor’s degree. Our program will help you complete pre-requisites and gain experience for an accredited master’s program. Please contact Sarah Mitchell for more details.
The Jency and Kent Holbert HHP Scholarship is available for full-time students majoring in health and human performance who are experiencing financial hardship. You must be accepted into the field-based student teaching program or its successor.
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Phi Pi Delta
The organization for health and human performance majors, Phi Pi Delta (Majors Club), provides many advantages for its members. We encourage all health and human performance majors to stop by the Field House office 100 and sign-up. Membership dues are only $25.00 per year. Faculty Chair: Dean Culpepper
Meet new people that share common interests
Network with important people in your field of study
Financial assistance for attending Professional Conventions
Social involvement with faculty and other students (school activities, homecoming, Rangers games and much more)
Gain valuable experience that will help your professional career
Department of Health and Human Performance :: Featured News
Blue Ridge ISD Names TAMUC Alum Todd as Assistant Superintendent
Blue Ridge ISD named A&M-Commerce alum Matthew Todd as assistant superintendent. He previously served as the district’s director of curriculum and instruction and will continue leading the district’s teaching and learning work. He has worked for the district in roles including teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and director. Todd earned his dual-major Bachelor of Science […]
TAMUC Sport and Recreation Management Board Member Takes Shot at the NBA
Nicole Britenriker, a three-year member of the expert advisory board that helps guide the Sport and Recreation Management program at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is taking her shot as a senior team talent advisor for the NBA in New York City. Britenriker has served various roles in collegiate and professional sports, including sponsorships and sales, corporate […]
TAMUC Health and Human Performance Grads Receive Recognition
The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) recognized recent A&M-Commerce graduates Belinda Sanchez and Mikaela Green in the 2021 AKA National Scholar Awards competition. The awards recognize academic excellence, encourage professional competence, and promote kinesiology and related fields. Sanchez—who recently graduated with a Master of Science in Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in exercise […]
Culpepper Takes Helm of TAMUC Department of Health and Human Performance
The College of Education and Human Services at A&M-Commerce recently named Dr. Dean Culpepper as interim head of the Department of Health and Human Performance. Culpepper has 17 years of higher education experience as a faculty member, including more than three years as chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education at Eastern New […]
TAMUC Public Health Students Host 2021 Student Healthfest
Public health students in the Department of Health and Human Performance at A&M-Commerce recently planned and executed the 2021 TAMUC Student Healthfest, which was hosted virtually on YouTube. The event aimed to promote wellness amongst A&M-Commerce students and the campus community by increasing awareness and access to available university resources. Elizabeth Wachira, Ph.D., assistant professor […]
A&M-Commerce Recognized for Culture of Wellness on Campus
By Exercise is Medicine Texas A&M University-Commerce is one of only 153 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. “We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and […]
TAMUC Nursing Students Assist With Vaccination Efforts
Students with the Department of Nursing at A&M-Commerce are helping administer COVID-19 vaccinations at multiple locations across Northeast Texas. More than 20 students have helped inoculate area residents at CHRISTUS Mother Francis Hospital-Sulphur Springs, Hunt Regional Healthcare, Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville and the Garland Health Department. “We are proud of our students and […]
A&M-Commerce Alumna Making Big Plays in Professional Athlete Management
In her Dallas office, Brandy Runyan fondly recalls her time in the Health, Kinesiology and Sports Studies graduate program at Texas A&M University-Commerce. These days, she’s the owner and chief executive of Black Diamond PR & Sport Management Firm, an award-winning athlete management and public relations agency. Several photos of her professional athlete clientele adorn […]
TAMUC Sport and Recreation Management Program Releases Promotional Video
The A&M-Commerce Sport and Recreation Management program recently released a promotional video touting the purpose and benefit of its undergraduate degree offering. “A lot of times, if we’re doing our job correctly in sport and recreation, you never see us,” said Dr. Clay Bolton, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. “We’re […]
TAMUC’s Kimbrough Selected as TAHPERD President-Elect
The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) recently selected Dr. Sandy Kimbrough, professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce, as president-elect for 2021. The professional group is one of the largest membership-driven organizations in the state of Texas. After her time as president-elect, Kimbrough will […]