Department of Health and Human Performance
Dr. Linda C. Ramsey, Interim Chair
3006 Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
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
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:
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.
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.
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 organizations 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.
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 majors 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.
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
The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all courses taken in the department.
Total required for B.S. degree: 129-132 semester hours
Minors Leading to Certification
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.
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