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).
Where It Is Offered
Commerce, Frisco, McKinney (CHEC)
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.
Where It Is Offered
No foreign language credits required
Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
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
America’s Fastest-Growing Sport is a Big Dill at A&M-Commerce
Students, faculty, staff and community members certainly relish the opportunity to learn and play pickleball at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dubbed America’s fastest-growing sport, pickleball appeals to a wide demographic including men, women, athletes and non-athletes of all ages. The sport combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. Players—known as picklers—send a plastic, wiffle-like ball […]
A&M-Commerce at Dallas to Host Summit on Elite Athlete Performance￼
The Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce will present an Elite Combined Event High-Performance Summit on Monday, July 11 at the A&M-Commerce at Dallas site located at 8750 N. Central Expressway. In conjunction with the Thorpe Cup—an international track and field competition presented by USA Track & Field in Dallas on […]
TAMUC College of Education and Human Services Publishes Online Journal￼
The College of Education and Human Services at A&M-Commerce has published the first issue of Literature Reviews in Education and Human Services. The peer-reviewed, online journal endeavors to provide a collection of high-quality literature reviews for topics related to education and human services as a learning resource for students, faculty, scholars, administrators and policymakers. Issues […]
Longtime A&M-Commerce Faculty Member Honored with Emeritus Status
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently honored retired Texas A&M University-Commerce faculty member Henry Ross, Ph.D., with the designation of Instructor Emeritus of Health and Human Performance. The Emeritus designation is the top honor granted to retired A&M System employees to recognize their achievements and dedication to their respective institutions. Ross retired […]
TAMUC Law Enforcement Cadets Participate in Research Study
Cadets in the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy located at A&M-Commerce recently participated in a research study to determine how fitness parameters change for academy cadets over the course of their training. The study was conducted by Michael Oldham, Ph.D., Vipa Bernhardt, Ph.D., and Hussein Jabai in the Department of Health and Human […]
A&M-Commerce Earns Silver Distinction for Campus Wellness Efforts
A&M-Commerce is one of only 156 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by the Exercise is Medicine program for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. The university’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) leadership team recently announced that A&M-Commerce earned the program’s silver-level distinction. The university earned a […]
Lion Athletes Named to 2022 Lone Star Conference All-Academic Teams
The Lone Star Conference (LSC) recently announced its 2022 all-academic teams for men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Four A&M-Commerce student-athletes from the Department of Health and Human Performance made the list. Iniuto Ukpong is the women’s 2022 Academic Athlete of the Year. She headlines a group of 11 athletes on the women’s all-academic […]
TAMUC Alum Named Dean at Bemidji State University
Texas A&M University-Commerce alum Jeffrey Bell, Ph.D., was recently named dean of the College of Individual and Community Health at Bemidji State University. Located in Bemidji, Minnesota, BSU is a public university that serves more than 5,000 students in a total of 79 different degree programs. Bell had previously worked at Southwest Minnesota State University […]
A&M-Commerce Sport and Recreation Management Students Assist with Nationally Televised NCAA Football Games
Several students in the Sport and Recreation Management program at Texas A&M University-Commerce volunteered at two NCAA football games in 2021, the NCAA DII Football Championship game and the Armed Forces Bowl. Clay Bolton, Ed.D., associate professor and program director, reports that he and 22 students worked the national championship game at McKinney ISD Stadium […]
TAMUC Health and Human Performance Faculty, Students Attend State Conference
Faculty and students representing the A&M-Commerce Department of Health and Human Performance recently attended the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) annual conference in Arlington, Texas. The group made several presentations and brought home one award. Graduate student Omar Ramirez (pictured) and Associate Professor Vipa Bernhardt earned a first-place finish for […]