Distance Education

The University of Florida (UF) Office of Distance Education Research and Practice, housed in the College of Health and Human Performance (HHP), is dedicated to providing a flexible, high-quality, student-centered educational experience to time and location bound students.

Our Commitment To Quality Education — UF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our online courses and programs mirror our on-campus programs. HHP faculty have designed and delivered the content for each of the course offerings. Finally, each course is evaluated and refined each semester based on feedback received.

Academic Programs

If you are interested in working in the health, exercise, recreation or sport industry, we hope to have an educational path for you. HHP is dedicated to meeting the needs of time and location bound students. We have two online bachelors programs, and one masters program that allows students to complete the degree requirements from anywhere in the world.

Our degree programs currently include:

B.S. in Health Education & Behavior

The B.S. in Health Education and Behavior program enables students to focus their coursework on interest areas in health education and health promotion in community, clinical, or worksite settings, as well as in health studies, thus preparing them for related industry jobs or graduate programs. Please note: some health related graduate and professional programs will not accept laboratory courses delivered via online instruction. Please refer to specific prospective graduate programs for detailed prerequisite requirements. Professional preparation for the Health Education & Behavior major focuses on…

  • Assessing individual and community health education needs
  • Developing, planning and implementing effective health education programs
  • Evaluating health education program effectiveness
  • Coordinating the provision of health education services
  • Acting as a resource person in health education
  • Communicating health education needs, concerns and resources

Admission Requirements and Information
Additional Department Information


B.S. in Sport Management

The B.S. in Sport Management enables students to apply the fundamental concepts of management, marketing, finance, and law to sport organizations. Students pursue employment opportunities in professional sport franchises, intercollegiate athletic departments, sports media industries, sporting goods merchandising, and sport organizing committees, among other organizations. Within sport organizations, students may focus on:

  • Facility and event management
  • Marketing
  • Administration
  • Compliance
  • Ticket operations
  • Sponsorship sales
  • Fundraising
  • Player representation
  • A range of other sport-related jobs

Admission Requirements and Information
Additional Department Information


M.S. in Sport Management

The Master of Science in Sport Management is designed by UF’s expert faculty to reflect the latest advances in the field of sport, presenting an equally theoretical and practical approach to skills and knowledge critical to success in the industry. Through its broad but rigorous curriculum, the program can help you develop your leadership abilities and administrative proficiency with an eye towards sport management, aiding the development of a specialized and comprehensive skill-set. Graduates can pursue a wide variety of advanced career paths in areas of sport ranging from finance to event coordination to marketing. Upon completion, students will be able to competently…

  • Introduce advanced concepts of planning, organizing, leading and evaluating organizational goals to sport organizations
  • Develop financial strategies and evaluate budgets and sources of revenues and expenses relevant to sport organizations
  • Apply fundamental marketing concepts to the sport industry, create marketing plans, evaluate market segments, and predict consumer behavior
  • Explain and judge fundamental legal concepts relevant to tort, contract, and constitutional law, and how they apply to the sport management field
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of sport management at an advanced level
  • Explain the internal and external factors that influence and shape sport
  • Use qualitative and quantitative analysis through formal and informal assessment strategies

Admission Requirements and Information
Additional Department Information


PaCE: UF Pathway to Campus Enrollment

Welcome to the UF PaCE program at HHP. While we have limited physical space to accommodate the many students who desire a UF education, PaCE provides the opportunity to start your degree online and to complete it on campus. The PaCE program offers an excellent academic experience with combined online and campus-based learning and plenty of opportunities for involvement from day one.

Currently, HHP offers a Bachelor Science through the PaCE program in the following majors:

Please feel free to contact PaCE advisor Alejandra Delgado at aledelgar@ufl.edu with questions regarding the PaCE program at HHP. Advisors will also participate in chat sessions in the following weeks. Please take a moment to familiarize with the information below before contacting an advisor.

Are Online Courses For Me?

Online (web-based) courses are as rigorous as classroom-based courses. In addition to the scholarly requirements, taking an online course requires basic computer literacy, motivation and self-discipline. Consider your learning style and computer literacy by honestly answering the questions below.

Learning Styles Considerations

  1. Do you stay on task without direct supervision?
  2. Can you prioritize your own workload?
  3. Are you good at assessing your own progress?
  4. Do you enjoy learning new computer or technology skills?
  5. Do you usually understand written instructions?
  6. Do you learn best from reading text and assignments?
  7. Are you planning to allocate as much time in your schedule for your online course as you would for a more “traditional” classroom course?
  8. Are you willing to initiate calls or e-mails to instructors for assistance?

Technical Considerations

  1. Can you create, save and manage files on your computer?
  2. Do you know how to install software on your computer if you need to?
  3. Can you use e-mail including sending and receiving e-mail attachments?
  4. Can you access e-mail and the web several times per week?
  5. Do you know how to “paste” text from a word processor into an e-mail message?
  6. If you do not have your own computer, can you get to campus to use the computer labs or arrange to use some other computer several times per week?

Evaluating Your Answers
If you hesitated to answer “yes” to any of the “Learning Styles Considerations” questions, you may find the distance-learning environment more challenging. Online courses make use of a classroom discussion area that allows interaction between students and instructors as well as among students. However, online-based interaction can be less satisfying than face-to-face communication for some learners. The online classroom requires you to structure your own schedule, balancing your time around the assignments/requirements of the class. Without the need to show up in a particular place at a designated time each week, some learners find it all too easy to put work off until the last minute. Much of the material covered in a typical online class will require you to learn from reading. This may include textbooks, Internet-based materials and written lectures or notes from your instructor.

If you answered “no” to any of the “Technical Consideration” questions, you may want to consider improving your technical skills before taking a course online. At the very least, you will have some technology to learn in addition to the curriculum of the course(s) you take, and you should make extra time in your schedule accordingly. All of the skills mentioned above are used in most of our online courses.

Continuing Education

We have a number of continuing and professional education programs designed to facilitate new work-related skills and enhance existing ones. Our continuing and professional education programs include:

Furthermore, we offer a number of online courses that allow non-UF students to earn UF academic credit while being enrolled at other institutions. As you can see, our portfolio is robust and growing. Allow us to introduce you to The Gator Nation by emailing onlineinfo@hhp.ufl.edu.

Non-Degree Seeking Courses (Transient)

HHP offers courses online for NON-DEGREE seeking students or for professionals needing continuing education courses. These courses are identical to the on-campus and online versions: taught by the same faculty using the same material. Courses are taught during the semester calendar and are not flexible learning courses. For additional information on course availability, please contact: onlineinfo@hhp.ufl.edu.

Student Services

Like all UF applicants, distance students will apply for admission through the University of Florida Office of Admissions.

Financial Aid Advising
UF distance learning students are offered the same financial aid services as campus students through the main UF Student Financial Affairs office. In HHP, scholarships and fellowships are available to distance students. Information for undergraduate and graduate scholarships can be found by clicking here. The applications are online and submissions are typically due in spring.

Academic Advising
Advising is provided to all students admitted to HHP — Contact Owen Beatty, Director for Online Programs.

Counseling/Student Concerns
Counseling services for distance learning students is limited. The UF Counseling & Wellness Center provides an extensive list of self-help resources (click here). Any student concerns of an academic or non-academic issue may be directed to the faculty instructor, Academic Advising or the Office for Student and Academic Affairs at (352) 273-6436.

All HHP undergraduate, degree-seeking, students are required to complete a full-time internship to graduate. We believe this is one of the strengths of our online programs and greatly improves the marketability and employment prospects of our students upon graduation. Students may find and get approved their own internship sites or choose from a database provided by the College. An annual HHP Internship Fair is also held in early spring to allow students to meet with prospective internship sites. For more information on the HHP internships, click here.

Career Advising/Job Placement
Distance students can e-mail or telephone faculty mentors and advisers for career advising and job placement assistance in their specialty. Career resources are also available online through the Career Resource Center.

Student Organizations
Local distance learning students can participate in the wide variety of student organizations available through UF and HHP. Click HERE for a list of HHP student organizations. The Center for Student Activities and Involvement has more information about UF student organizations.

Technology Assistance
Assistance with technology is provided to distance students by contacting the UF Computing Help Desk at (352) 392-4357 or by e-mail. Contact UF Academic Technology for assistance with Sakai: (352) 392-4357

HHP College Policies
Please read and understand official HHP policies click here.

Online Student Evaluations
All HHP distance students are invited to participate in the UF course and instructor evaluation process to express anonymous concerns. Students are emailed a link to the online course evaluation page when the time window opens for evaluations.

Course Testing
High-stakes HHP distance-learning examinations will be proctored by a HHP-approved proctoring service. Exams can be proctored online through ProctorU; the UF-approved online exam proctoring company. For more information on exam proctoring, please consult your course syllabus.

Grade Appeals
Any student in the College who feels his or her performance in a course has not been evaluated accurately should first discusses any concerns with the instructor. If the disagreement is not resolved at that level, the student should consult the department chair, and if still unresolved, contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. For more information on the HHP grade appeal process, click here.

Student Concerns
Any student concerns of an academic or non-academic issue may be directed to the faculty instructor, Academic Adviser or the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs. College of Health and Human Performance: (352) 392-0578