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.
Explore Our Programs
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).
The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sports studies with an emphasis in allied health provides you a background in kinesiology that prepares you for an allied health graduate program. Take prerequisite courses for allied health programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training and other allied health professions. Select support courses based on the prerequisites for specific professional school programs.
A bachelor's degree in kinesiology and sports studies with a Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) concentration, you will be prepared to teach K-12 students. Our program emphasizes engagement and hands-on experience in the field.
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 general kinesiology track is designed to prepare individuals for graduate school (e.g. kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy).
The bachelor's degree in kinesiology and sports studies with strength and conditioning emphasis 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 strength and conditioning track is designed to prepare individuals for graduate school (e.g. kinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy).
Physical Education Teacher Education – all-level certification is designed to prepare teachers for early childhood through grade twelve in physical education.
Discover the science of nutrition, learn methods of nutrition assessment and therapy, gain nutrition education and counseling techniques and practice food-service management skills.
Public health is designed to prepare students for the CHES exam and careers in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental health.
Sport and recreation management is designed to prepare future administrators, event coordinators and marketers for a career in the sport and recreation industry.
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.
The masters of Public Health program provides advanced studies in public health (health behavior, epidemiology, policy and management, environmental health and biostatistics).
Master sports marketing and social organization and empower your sports career with our Intercollegiate Sport Administration 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.
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.
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
Upcoming Department Events
We look forward to seeing you at one of our next departmental events!
Graduate with Less Debt
As a health and human performance student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.
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.
The Jesse Hawthorne Endowment is available for graduate students majoring in health and human performance.
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.
A&M-Commerce alum and instructor Dr. Brandy Runyan recently celebrated the culmination of a two-year effort to battle fraudulent practices targeting free agents in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Runyan, founder of Black Diamond PR & Sport Management Firm in Dallas, championed the addition of Article 28.1 to the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement, marking a big […]
The Department of Health and Human Performance at A&M-Commerce, in conjunction with the Lions Coalition for Accessible Needs, recently hosted a seminar on healthy meal preparation in the testing kitchen within the Nursing and Health Sciences building on campus. More than 30 students attended the event, where Dr. Katharine Halfacre, assistant professor of nutrition, and […]
Students of all abilities from Commerce ISD (CISD) and A&M-Commerce joined forces to facilitate a day of activities for students with disabilities on Friday, Sept. 29. In total, more than 50 CISD students attended with several teachers and staff members. General education students participated as peer mentors. Hosted in the Nursing and Health Sciences Building’s […]
A team of A&M-Commerce researchers recently partnered with USA Track & Field to conduct research at the 2023 Thorpe Cup competition in Germany. The trip was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Performance, the College of Education and Human Services and the Office of International Programs at A&M-Commerce. Tasked with building an athletic […]
For the second year in a row, A&M-Commerce has earned a silver distinction from the Exercise is Medicine organization for efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus. Of the 149 universities and colleges honored by the organization worldwide, 73 received gold, 55 received silver, and 21 reached bronze. The Exercise is Medicine On […]
The Department of Health and Human Performance at A&M-Commerce recently conducted performance testing with athletes competing at the John Green Texas Greatest Athletes Invitational from June 2-4 at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. The research team included Drs. Michael Oldham, Vipa Bernhardt and Steve Prewitt; Kaylie Daniels, RDN; and Assistant Track and Field Coach […]
A&M-Commerce hosted a Special Olympics pickleball skills challenge on May 11. More than 60 students attended the event from school districts including Commerce, Como-Pickton, Cooper, Farmersville, Quinlan and Wolfe City. Commerce ISD teacher Alex Kirckof and Region 10 ESC Adapted Physical Education Specialist Thomas Swinden helped facilitate the competition, where athletes participated in skills tests […]
The Counseling Center and the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce are partnering to host a free rural mental health forum at Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville, Texas, on March 21. Dr. Nick Patras, executive director of the Counseling Center and Student Health Services at A&M-Commerce, said the event will […]
A&M-Commerce faculty member Brandy Runyan was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the recent Southwest Airlines scheduling crisis that resulted in a majority of flights being canceled amid the holiday travel rush. As a public relations professional and founder and CEO of Black Diamond PR & Sport Management Firm in Dallas, Runyan provided […]
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 […]