Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Linda C. Ramsey, Interim Chair
3006 Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
(901) 881-7310


Deborah Chapman, Ernest A. Gibson, Cile Grasfeder, Karen M. Greenockle, Lucia Jones, Vernon J. Prather, Gracie J. Purvis, Linda C. Ramsey, Charles E. Rayburn, George T. White

Mission Statement

  1. To provide classes in health and leisure activities to enhance the overall wellness of the university and surrounding communities.
  2. To provide programs preparing professionals in the areas of teaching, fitness management, sports management, and athletic training.

Majors and Minors

There are four available concentrations within the Health and Human Performance Major: Athletic Training, Fitness Management, Licensure K-12, and Sports Management. In addition, there are two minors: one in Athletic Coaching which enables certification by the American Sport Education Program, and the second in Sports Medicine which enables certification by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

The faculty expects each student who graduates with a major in Health and Human Performance to demonstrate appropriate mastery of the following goals:

  1. Students will understand the scientific foundations and their application in preparing knowledgeable exercise and sport consumers.
  2. Students will gain a theoretical and experiential exposure to a variety of culturally determined aspects of human expression through movement, exercise, and sport.
  3. Students will understand the importance of physical activity in achieving and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.
  4. Students will gain the professional skills necessary for successful quality program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  5. Students will gain an awareness of their personal selves and of appropriate behaviors incumbent upon a Health and Human Performance professional.

A myriad of career choices are available with a major in Health and Human Performance. Students may choose traditional teaching and coaching positions or nontraditional positions available in recreation, sports administration, fitness centers, worksite health promotion, athletic training, or rehabilitation clinics. The academic advisor is available to assist in answering questions and scheduling.

Departmental Scholarships

Two $500 scholarships for first time freshmen and two $750 scholarships for Health and Human Performance majors are awarded each year by the Health and Human Performance faculty to students demonstrating an outstanding academic record and professional potential. Applications are available in the Health and Human Performance Office (3006 Elam Center) and should be filed no later than February 15 each year.

Student Organizations

The SHAPE Club (Sports, Health, Athletics, Physical Education) is the student professional organization which offers the Health and Human Performance major an opportunity for personal and professional growth through involvement in departmental activities and campus events. Members are frequently selected for leadership positions in the Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and are eligible to receive this organization's Outstanding Student Award. This recognition qualifies them for the regional and national American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Student Awards. Since 1987, ten UT Martin students have received these distinguished recognitions.


Majors selecting an Athletic Training, Fitness Management, or Sports Management option are required to complete two practica. The practicum courses are to be a two semester sequence which includes observation and practical experience, preferably in different settings of the major's chosen concentration. Each practicum is to be experienced over a full semester for a minimum of three hours per week. Students may or may not receive compensation as a result of this experience.


Majors selecting the K-12 Licensure option serve separate seven and one-half week internships in an elementary school and a secondary school. Those majors selecting the Fitness Management option serve a 15-week internship in settings such as corporate fitness centers, hospital wellness centers, or rehabilitative centers. Placement is available in metropolitan areas in and out of the State of Tennessee. For the major selecting the Sports Management option the 15-week internship is served in settings such as sport sales, sport administration, sport organizations, or public recreation. For the major selecting the Athletic Training option, the 15-week internship may be served on campus in the UTM Athletic Training Room or in a clinical/rehabilitation setting off-campus. All non-licensure internships require a minimum of 40 hours per week equally divided over the semester. No other coursework may be taken during the internship without departmental approval, and if so, is not to exceed three hours. Students may or may not receive compensation as a result of this experience.

B.S. in Health and Human Performance

Curricular Requirements

The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all courses taken in the department.

  1. General Education -- 59 hours
    1. Eng 111-112 -- 6
    2. Comm 230, 231, or 332 -- 3
    3. Humanities electives -- 12
      • Select from: Art 110, 210, 211; Dance 110, 111; Eng 250, 251, 260, 261, 270, 271; For Lan; Music 111, 112; Phil 110, 120, 130, 210; Rel St 201, 202; Theatre 110, 111
    4. Biol 110, any human anatomy and/or physiology with lab -- 8
    5. Social Science electives -- 15
      • Select from: Anthro 101, 201; Econ 201, 202; Geog 151, 152; Hist 121, 122, 201, 202; Pol Sci 210, 220; Psych 110, 120, 312, 313; Soc 201, 202, 208
    6. Math 100 (or above) and Computer Literacy elective -- 6
      • (should include word processing & data manipulation)
    7. Health 111, 320 and Nutrition elective -- 9
  2. Health and Human Performance Major -- 51/54 hours
    1. Core Requirements -- 42/36
      1. Hum Per 206*, 209 -- 6/3

        *required for licensure only

      2. Hum Per 304 or 431**, 305, 315, 350, 405, 430 and 440 -- 21

        **Hum Per 304 is required for Licensure and Sports Management and may be an elective for Fitness Management; 431 is required for Fitness Management only.

      3. Health 315, 351, 352, 353, 354, 410*** -- 15/12

        ***Hlth 410 is required for licensure only.

    2. World of Practice -- 9/18 hours
      1. Hum Per 308, 309, 411 (Licensure K-12) -- 9
      2. Hum Per 312, 313, 491 (Athletic Training) -- 18
      3. Hum Per 302, 303, 491 (Fitness Management) -- 18
      4. Hum Per 306, 307, 491 (Sports Management) -- 18
  3. Concentration -- 22/19 hours
    1. Athletic Training -- 19
      1. Hlth 300, 301, 400, 401 -- 12
      2. Electives -- 7
    2. Fitness Management -- 19
      • 12 of the 19 hours must be upper division academic electives and at least two-thirds of upper division electives must be in a concentrated area selected from: Bus Adm, Hlth, P&R Adm, Hum Per, Psych, Sci, Nutr, Soc, or Educ
    3. Licensure Physical Education and Health K-12 -- 22
      • (Admission to Teacher Education required for courses marked with an asterisk.)
        1. Spec Ed 300 -- 3
        2. Tchr Ed 301* -- 2
        3. Tchr Ed 302* -- 4
        4. Tchr Ed 401* -- 1
        5. Tchr Ed 405* -- 6
        6. Tchr Ed 406* -- 6
    4. 4. Sports Management -- 19
      • 12 of the 19 hours must be upper division academic electives and at least two-thirds of upper division electives must be in a concentrated area selected from: Bus Adm, Hlth, P&R Adm, Hum Per, Psych, Sci, Soc, Educ, or Comm

Total required for B.S. degree: 132 semester hours

Minors Leading to Certification

  1. Athletic Coaching (30 Hours)

    Health 300, Human Performance 305, 350, 405, 430, 490, and three hours selected from Human Performance 460, 465, 470, 475, 480, 485, or Nutrition 322.

    Course work meets requirements to take the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Level I Certification Exam.

  2. Sports Medicine (15 Hours)

    Health 111 and Zoology 201 (or equivalent) are prerequisites to the minor which consists of Health 300, 400, Human Performance 305, 430, and Nutrition 322. The candidate must complete the above requirements for a minor in Sports medicine. In order to qualify for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Board Examination, the candidate must also complete additional coursework and 1500 hours practical experience under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer.

NOTE: Students need to check with their academic advisor concerning accuracy of course requirements in each certification area.

Description of Courses