Department of Health and Human Performance
Dr. Paul Blair, Chair
3006 Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
Paul Blair, Deborah Chapman, Ernest A. Gibson, Cile Grasfeder, Karen M. Greenockle, Lucia Jones, Vernon J. Prather, Linda C. Ramsey, Charles E. Rayburn, Janet M. Wilbert
The mission of the Department of Health and Human Performance is to provide programs which prepare future professionals in the following teaching and non-teaching areas: Teaching and Coaching K-12, Fitness and Health Promotion, Sports Management, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training. The department also offers opportunities for individuals to enroll in physical activity classes in health and leisure activities that enhance the overall wellness of the campus and surrounding communities. Both faculty and students engage in public service and limited applied research related to needs of the region.
Our students will be facilitators of learning who will:
The faculty expects each student who graduates with a major in Health and Human Performance to demonstrate appropriate mastery of the following goals:
Majors and Minors
There are five available concentrations within the Health and Human Performance Major: Athletic Training (5211),
Exercise Science (5215), Fitness and Health Promotion (5212), Licensure K-12 (5213), and Sports Management (5214).
In addition, there are two minors: one in Athletic Coaching and the second in Sports Medicine.
A myriad of career choices is 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. They may also prepare for graduate course work in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehab, etc. The academic advisor is available to assist in answering questions and scheduling.
Admission to Athletic Training Program
The Athletic Training program follows the guidelines of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
and prepares candidates for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination.
The Athletic Training program is limited to 24 students per year. All candidates must apply to the program in spring of their freshman year to begin the accredited program during fall semester of their sophomore year. The student must provide the following to the Department of Health and Human Performance for consideration:
All information will be evaluated and only the top 24 applicants will be accepted into the program. Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply during the next application period.
Transfer students will be accepted through the application process and will be required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours in the University of Tennessee system.
Three $750 scholarships for first-time freshmen and three $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 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, 11 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 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 not receive compensation as a result of this experience.
Majors selecting Athletic Training will be required to take four Athletic Training Clinicals under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Each clinical is a semester long field experience which includes observation and practical experience in a campus training room or approved off-campus clinic. Application must be made one semester in advance of the clinical placement. Each clinical is to be experienced over a full semester for a minimum of three hours a week or 45 hours per semester. Students may or may not received 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 setting. Those majors selecting the Fitness and Health Promotion 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, public recreation or professional athletic programs. For the major selecting the Athletic Training option, the 15-week internship may be served in a varsity athletics program, with a professional athletic program, or with a private business. The Exercise Science 15-week internship may be served in the areas of occupational therapy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, or kinesiology. 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 course work may be taken during the internship without departmental approval, and if so, should not 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: 126-132 semester hours
Athletic Training 300, Human Performance 305, 350, 405, 430, 490, and three hours selected from Human Performance 460, 465, 470, 475, 485, or Nutrition 322.
Health 111 and Zoology 201 (or equivalent) are prerequisites to the minor which consists of Athletic Training 300, 301, 302, 400; Human Performance 305, 430; and Nutrition 322. The candidate must complete the above requirements for a minor in sports medicine. This minor does not complete the requirements for certification.
NOTE: Students need to check with their academic advisor concerning accuracy of course requirements in each certification area.
Courses Offered by Department of Health and Human Performance
Description of Courses