Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Linda C. Ramsey, Interim Chair
3006 Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
(901) 587-7310

Faculty

Deborah Chapman, Ernest A. Gibson, Cile Grasfeder, Karen M. Greenockle, Daniel Houtchens, Lucia Jones, Vernon J. Prather, Linda C. Ramsey, Charles E. Rayburn, Janet M. Wilbert

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 and health promotion, sports management, exercise science, and athletic training.

Majors and Minors

There are five available concentrations within the Health and Human Performance Major: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion, 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 $750 scholarships for first-time freshmen and two $1,000 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, 10 UT Martin students have received these distinguished recognitions.

Practicum

Majors selecting an Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness and Health Promotion, or Sports Management option are required to complete one practicum. The practicum course is a semester-long field experience which includes observation and practical experience in a different setting of the major’s chosen concentration. Application must be made one semester in advance of the practicum placement. 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.

Internship

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 and Health Promotion option serve a 15-week internship in settings such as corporate fitness centers, hospital wellness centers, rehabilitative centers or professional athletics. 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 UT Martin Athletic Training Room or in a clinical/rehabilitation setting off-campus. The Exercise Science 15-week internship may be served in a clinical or non-clinical off-campus setting dependent upon the student's future goals. Application must be made one semester in advance of the internship placement. 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 one course. 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; Foreign Language; Music 111, 112; Philosophy 110, 120, 130, 210; Religious Studies 201; Theatre 110, 111
    4. Biology 110, any human anatomy and/or physiology with lab -- 8
    5. Social Science electives -- 15
      • Select from: Anthropology 101, 201; Economics 201, 202; Geography 151, 152; History 121, 122, 201, 202; Political Science 210, 220; Psychology 110, 120, 312, 313; Sociology 201, 202, 208
    6. Mathematics 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
    1. Core Requirements -- 42/36
      1. Human Performance 209, 305, 315, 405, 430, 440* -- 18
        *required for all concentrations except licensure
      2. Health 351, 440* -- 6
    2. World of Practice -- 9/14 hours
      1. Human Performance 308, 309, 411 (Licensure K-12) -- 9
      2. Human Performance 312, 491 (Athletic Training) -- 14
      3. Human Performance 316, 491 (Exercise Science) -- 14
      4. Human Performance 302, 491 (Fitness Management) -- 14
      5. Human Performance 306, 491 (Sports Management) -- 14
  3. Concentration
    1. Athletic Training -- 32
      1. Health 300, 301, 352, 353, 354, 400, 401, 410 -- 22
      2. Human Performance 350, 431 -- 6
      3. Human anatomy and physiology with a lab (to complete sequence in General Educ) -- 4
    2. Exercise Science -- 32
      1. Health 354 -- 2
      2. Human Performance 350, 431 -- 6
      3. Chemistry/Physics -- 8
      4. Electives -- 16
        12 of the 16 hours must be upper-division academic electives selected from: Health, Human Performance, Psychology, Science, Nutrition, Sociology, or Education
    3. Fitness and Health Promotion -- 32
      1. Health 352, 353, 354, 410 -- 10
      2. Human Performance 350, 415 -- 6
      3. Electives -- 16
        12 of the 16 hours must be upper-division academic electives selected from: Business Administration, Park & Recreation Administration, Human Performance, Physical Activity (4 hours maximum), Psychology, Science, Nutrition, Sociology, or Education
    4. Licensure Physical Education and Health K-12 -- 43
      • (Admission to Teacher Education required for courses marked with an asterisk.)
        1. Health 352, 353, 354, 410 -- 10
        2. Human Performance -- 206, 304, 320, 350, 415 -- 14
        3. Special Education 300 -- 3
        4. Teacher Education 303* -- 3
        5. Teacher Education 401* -- 1
        6. Teacher Education 405* -- 6
        7. Teacher Education 406* -- 6
    5. Sports Management -- 32
      1. Human Performance 304, 415 -- 6
      2. Health 352 or 354 -- 2
      3. Electives -- 24
        12 of the 24 hours must be upper-division academic electives (unless choosing a business minor) selected from: Business Administration, Health, Park & Recreation Administration, Human Performance, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Education, or Communications

Total required for B.S. degree: 129-132 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.


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