Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
Baylor University's Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (HHPR) is focused on diverse aspects of health, activity, recreation, and quality of life. Through both our undergraduate and graduate programs, we are building future leaders with a passion for health and wellness.
One of the fastest-growing career areas in the country is related to health, fitness, and exercise physiology in both the public and private sectors. Baylor offers both an undergraduate and graduate degree in exercise physiology.
he Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies program prepares students through a flexible degree program for the general career areas of health, fitness, recreation, and sports.
The Health Science Studies program serves as pre-professional preparation for entrance into medical, dental, physical therapy, athletic training, or other allied health professional graduate programs.
The All-Level Physical Education program prepares students to teach grades K–12 with an emphasis in coaching in either a private or a public school setting.
The Recreation and Leisure Services develops students’ knowledge and skills for leadership in areas such as adventure recreation, outdoor education, and the human dimensions of park and protected area management.
The Master of Athletic Training degree program is a professional athletic training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
The master's program in Sport Pedagogy prepares students for careers in teaching physical education and coaching, with opportunities to specialize in strength and conditioning as well as sport psychology.
The Master of Science program in Medical Science is a 100% online program designed to prepare graduates to pursue further academic training in medicine, dentistry, other professional health schools, or doctorates in research science.
The PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is designed to integrate exercise science and nutrition so that researchers are better prepared to conduct multidisciplinary health science research.
Kelli McMahan, PhD, CTRS, Associate Clinical Professor for the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, collected teaching experience and research ideas while on her three-week trip to a remote wilderness area in Alaska.
Baylor University researcher Joon Park, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation (HHPR), strives to redefine exercise at the cellular and tissue levels. He is looking under the skin to understand how it benefits our mitochondria and improves our health.
Justin Adeyemi, EdD, Lecturer in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, shares advice for spiritual and physical wellness—particularly for Baylor students—as National Wellness Month draws to a close.
On August 8, 2023, Jason R. Carter, PhD, celebrates his one-year anniversary as Dean of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University. In this Q&A, Dean Carter shares his reflections on this past year along with his hopes and vision for the future.