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.
Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of two new faculty members in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. On August 1, 2023, Kimberly M. Smith, EdD, will join the faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor for Health Science Studies and Brent Dragoo, PhD, will join the faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor for Medical Sciences.
In the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, the internship experience junior and senior year is designed to provide students with the opportunity to shadow and participate in clinical and practical settings in their future professions. Two Health Science Studies students, Richie Akatue and Brianna Rodriguez, share about their internship experiences here.
Sam Grimm, a graduate from Baylor’s Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program, tells us about his experiences as a current injury prevention specialist at an automotive manufacturing plant. This Baylor grad shares about working with industrial athletes and the rewards and challenges that come with it.
Derrick Charo is a Class of 2023 Recreation & Leisure Services major in the Department Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, and as a Park Ranger Intern at Mother Neff State Park, he is learning to steward multiple ecological systems.