The College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University
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The College of Health and Human Performance might be a relatively new college in its reconfigured form, but it has roots in the founding of ECU in 1907. The original department, in 1907 was called the Department of Physical Education. By the time East Carolina gained University status the little department grew into the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Safety, which was housed under the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1982, the Human Performance Laboratory was instituted and immediately established itself as an important campus-wide facility for research and clinical programs dealing with an array of scientific and health-related issues. In 1993, the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Safety became the eleventh professional school on the East Carolina University campus. In 2003 the School of Health & Human Performance became the College of Health & Human Performance.
There are three Departments under the College of Health and Human Performance umbrella. The Department of Exercise and Sports Science is for human well-being through academic and research leadership in exercise and sport. The Department of Health Education and Promotion is to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and service as we strive to protect and promote the health of the population. The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is where people learn the tourism industry and recreational therapy.
Laboratories and Centers
The CHHP has five Laboratories and four Centers. The Activity Promotion Lab is a lab to research projects on physical activity, fitness, and obesity in children. The Biomechanics Lab was built to discover, disseminate, and use knowledge concerning the biomechanics of human movement. The Biofeedback Lab is for the reduction of stress, childhood obesity, and posttraumatic stress disorder to a web based class room. The Human Performance Lab is to discover and disseminate knowledge in the area of exercise physiology through research, service and education. The Developmental Motor Lab has been preparing adapted physical education specialists to meet the activity needs of children and adults with disabilities since 1978. The Regional Training Center is a substance abuse prevention/education program targeting adult populations within the state who have contact with high risk youth and young adults. The L.T. Walker International Human Performance Center is a place where world-class athletes come to enhance their skills to become better athletes. The Volunteer Center is where all East Carolina students come if they want to volunteer in Pitt County. The Academic Advising Center is here to ensure all the students in the College receive excellence advising.
The College offers many Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts degrees at East Carolina University.
The Department of Exercise and Sport Science offers one BA and four BS, plus two minors.
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Exercise Physiology
- Health Fitness Specialist
- Physical Education
- BS Sports Studies
The Department of Health Education and Promotion offers four Bachelors of Science, two minors and one certificate.
Industrial hygiene concentration
Public health concentration
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers two Bachelors of Sciences, one minor and one certificate.
Commercial recreation and tourism concentration
Recreation management concentration
Outdoor recreation concentration
- Management of recreation facilities and services
- Aquatics management
Graduate and Doctoral
The College offers a Masters in Art, Masters of Art in Education, Masters of Science and Ph. D degrees.
In the Department of Exercise and Sport Science there is an MA, MAEd and a PhD degrees.
- MA Exercise and Sport Science
The two graduate degrees offered by the Department of Health Education and Promotion are both on-line distance degrees.
The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers two Masters in Science degrees and two certificates.
Recreational sports management concentration
CertificateAquatic ManagementAquatic Therapy