Health and Human Performance

Division III Chair: J. Burnside

 

Department Chair: M. Srsic (Fall 2017), Co-chair (Spring 2018)

                               S. Woodie, Co-chair (Spring 2018)

 

Faculty: M. Beagle, N. Cahill, M. Dalessio, M. Johnson, R. Lakhan, A. Mortara, S. Phelps, T. Slaughter, M. Srsic, L. Summers, M. Thornton, S. Williams, and S. Woodie

 

Website: http://www.berea.edu/hhp/

 

Courses: HHP CoursesHLT Courses 

 

Major/Minor Requirements: Dance MinorHealth and Human Performance B.A.Health and Human Performance Education B.A. with P-12 CertificationHealth Studies MinorHealth Teaching Minor

The mission of the Health and Human Performance Department is to encourage, inspire, and empower students, through knowledge and experience, to actively pursue growth and development in all dimensions of wellness. The department teaches all students through the General Education curriculum and prepares majors in Health and Human Performance minors in Health Studies, Health Teaching, and Dance.

The goals of the Health and Human Performance Department are:

  1. To guide and mentor students toward independence and personal responsibility for healthy and active lifetime habits.
  2. To prepare majors to impact the future health and physical education needs of individuals and communities through leadership and service to learners of all ages in many settings, particularly in the Appalachian region.
  3. To create opportunities to apply skills and knowledge through hands-on experiences in Health and Human Performance majors courses.
  4. To lay a foundation for continued growth and development toward self-actualization and a sense of purpose for one’s life.
  5. To provide opportunities for the pursuit of excellence in performance in athletics and dance.

The Health and Human Performance Major provides a broad and solid foundation for pursuit of a variety of professions, such as medical careers, physical therapy, athletic training, teaching, wellness promotion, recreation leadership, and sports management. The department promotes in the Health and Human Performance student the desire to fully develop the ability to constructively use all of his/her potential capacities for movement, movement analysis, and movement education. Training and experiences are provided that will enhance the student’s skills and knowledge in exercise science, communication, creative self-expression, critical reflection, research, and leadership in the classroom and activity settings.

The Health and Human Performance major requires the student to complete a series of core courses in addition to electives chosen in consultation with an academic adviser. The Health and Human Performance: Teaching P-12 has an established curriculum leading to teaching certification. Students interested in the Health and Human Performance major or the Health and Human Performance: Teaching P-12 major should contact a department faculty member as early as possible in their College career to explore areas of concentration.

The Department also offers minor programs in Dance, Health Studies, and Health Teaching. Certain classes offer the opportunity for applying for certifications such as: Kentucky Teacher Certification in Physical Education and Health (after a 1-year internship following graduation); First Aid; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED); First Aid and CPR Instructor; Water Safety Instructor; Lifeguard; Scuba; Aquatics Fitness Instructor; Coaching; Dance (Kentucky Department of Education Permission as an Arts and Humanities teacher).

All Berea College students are required to complete the Lifetime Wellness requirement of the General Education curriculum aimed at developing knowledge and skills and to establish habits and patterns of healthy choices for a lifetime. 

All Health and Human Performance majors will be able to:

  1. Assess fitness, prescribe exercise, develop appropriate programs, demonstrate exercise science knowledge
  2. Understand the importance of integrating all dimensions of wellness into healthy behaviors
  3. Demonstrate competency in a variety of movement activities
  4. Analyze movement
  5. Identify cultural, social, psychological, and historical impacts on profession
  6. Understand and apply principles of motor learning (how people learn movement)
  7. Generate activities (skill progressions) that are developmentally appropriate and safe
  8. Interpret research relevant to the field
  9. Demonstrate quantitative competency relevant to our field
  10. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in ways relevant to the field
  11. Develop confidence in working with diverse populations
  12. Develop skills in leadership and professional networking

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Health & Human Performance Department seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:

Health and Human Performance Student Learning Goals & Outcomes

Learning Goal 1: To understand Exercise Science

Learning Outcome 1.1: Demonstrate foundational knowledge of exercise science through an understanding of the underlying physiological principles which guide how the body responds to physical demands.

Learning Outcome 1.2: Assess fitness, develop fitness goals and prescribe appropriate exercise programs.

Learning Outcome 1.3: Generate activities (skill progressions) that are developmentally appropriate and safe.

Learning Outcome 1.4: Demonstrate the importance of integrating all dimensions of wellness into healthy behaviors.

Learning Goal 2:  To understand Health and Health Promotion

Learning Outcome 2.1: Create a comprehensive wellness plan for incorporating healthy behaviors into one’s daily routine.

Learning Outcome 2.2: Assess health and wellness goals, and develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan to address specific goals.

Learning Outcome 2.3: Develop confidence in working with diverse populations of people and modifying wellness goals accordingly.

Learning Outcome 2.4: Demonstrate a multi-dimensional understanding of health and wellness.

Learning Goal 3:  To understand movement and human performance.


Learning Outcome 3.1: To be able to analyze movement in a methodical, scientific way; guided by the principles kinetics, kinematics and qualitative assessment.

Learning Outcome 3.2: Demonstrate competency in a variety of movement activities.

Learning Outcome 3.3: Apply principles of motor learning and define the ways in which people learn movement.

Learning Outcome 3.4: Develop confidence in working with diverse populations of people and modifying activities appropriately.

Learning Goal 4:  To understand academic perspectives and techniques in Health and Human Performance

Learning Outcome 4.1: Identify cultural, social, psychological, and historical impacts on health and human performance.

Learning Outcome 4.2: Interpret research relevant to health and human performance

Learning Outcome 4.3: Demonstrate quantitative competency in health and human performance.

Learning Outcome 4.4: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in ways relevant to health and human performance.

Learning Outcome 4.5: Demonstrate proficiency with relevant technology.

Learning Outcome 4.6: Develop professional networking skills and connections.

Learning Outcome 4.7: Develop leadership skills that are transferable to educational, community, corporate and other career settings.