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.

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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Welcome from the Department Head

Dean Culpepper, Ph.D.

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.

Dean Culpepper, Ph.D.
Interim Department Head and Assistant Professor
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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Programs Tabs

Explore Our Programs

Health and Human Performance Programs: Undergraduate

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Kinesiology & Sports Studies (BS)

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).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Public Health (BSPH)

Public health is designed to prepare students for the CHES exam and careers in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental health.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Sport & Recreation Management (BS)

Sport and recreation management is designed to prepare future administrators, event coordinators and marketers for a career in the sport and recreation industry.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 86-99% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Health and Human Performance Programs: Graduate

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Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies (MS) – Athletic Administration Concentration

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.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

Not required

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Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies (MS) – Exercise Science Concentration

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.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 50-85% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Optional

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Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies (MS) – Sports Coaching Concentration

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.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

Not required

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Public Health (MPH)

The masters of Public Health program provides advanced studies in public health (health behavior, epidemiology, policy and management, environmental health and biostatistics).

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online, 40-50% Online
Total Credit Hours

42 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and Non-Thesis tracks available

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Health and Human Performance: Graduate Certificates

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Sports Coaching Graduate Certificate

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.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

Not Required

Delivery 86-99% Online
Total Credit Hours

12

Thesis Requirements

Not Required

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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.

For more information contact Sarah Mitchell, 903.886.5543

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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Scholarships

Scholarships

Graduate with Less Debt

As a health and human performance student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.

Delmer Brown Athletic Trainer Endowment

The Delmer Brown Athletic Trainer Endowment is awarded to deserving students in the athletic trainer program.

Awards are made to designated individuals chosen by a committee as determined by the Athletic Director.

Jesse Hawthorne Endowment

The Jesse Hawthorne Endowment is available for graduate students majoring in health and human performance.

Jency and Kent Holbert HHP Scholarship

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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Student Organizations

Phi Pi Delta

Majors Club

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

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HHP Student Resources

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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Featured News

News Spotlights

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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Department

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Department of Health and Human Performance :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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