Significant research, education and service are at the core of APK with a focus on the relationship between mind, body and human movement to improve quality of life in regards to health and disease. This multidisciplinary program incorporates medicine, the life sciences and their application to clinical, healthy and athletic populations. Opportunities after graduation include educational institutions, health agencies and organizations, corporate or private fitness programming centers, and other health-related business and industry opportunities.
With a foundation in the social and biological sciences, HEB looks at health education on both the individual and community level. Faculty and student research in the department is focused on the growing array of health problems linked to lack of exercise, diet, substance abuse, stress, unintentional injuries, pollution and how many of these conditions can be prevented and controlled.
The sport industry needs highly trained professionals to meet the ever-changing economic and lifestyle growth patterns in tomorrow’s marketplace. With the proliferation of both recreational and spectator sports, the sport management discipline is growing increasingly complex. As a result, successful organizations in the sports industry are constantly searching for leaders with specialized training. The department prepares students for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, and recreation programs at colleges, universities and amateur athletic organizations.
THEM focuses on understanding the range of factors that lead individuals, families and industry to value and benefit from tourism, recreation, parks and events, and then apply this knowledge to improve the quality of life. The department allows students to gain competency in industry knowledge, develop intellectual abilities, and foster technical, interpersonal and professional skills. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers including public recreation, travel and tourism, resort and attractions industries, and many other options.