Dr. Steve Elliott, director
Ms. Lindsey Nanney, interim associate director
Dr. C. Ashton recreation therapy coordinator, Mr. C. Barnes, Dr. R. Boyce, Dr. K. Brown, Dr. H. Priest Catalano public health coordinator, Dr. L. Chen-Edinboro, Dr. S. Cherry, Dr. S. Combs physical education and health coordinator, Dr. D. Dowd, Dr. J. Figueroa, Mr. J. Foster, Dr. A. Franzidis recreation, sport leadership and tourism management coordinator, Dr. E. Fugate-Whitlock, Dr. A. Glass gerontology coordinator, Dr. C. Gray, Dr. J. Herstine , Dr. A. Huelscamp, Dr. D. Johnson, Mr. J. Lothes, Mr. A. McDaniel, Ms. S. Miller, Ms. L. Nanney physical activity and wellness PED 101 coordinator, Dr. E. Richardson, Dr. A. Seaman, Ms.T. Shields, Dr. L. Spivey, Dr. L. Sprod exercise science coordinator, Ms. M. Todd, Dr. W. Tseh, Ms. J. Van Meter, Mr. J. Weber, Dr. K. Whipple.
The mission of the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) is to promote the health and wellbeing of all persons through exemplary preparation of future professionals, scholarly activity, and community engagement. The School of Health and Applied Human Sciences (SHAHS) is one of three schools (along with the School of Social Work and the School of Nursing) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). The SHAHS has six undergraduate degree programs: Public Health; Exercise Science; Healthful Living and Fitness Education; Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management; and Recreation Therapy. Minors are offered in Gerontology; Health; and Recreation, Sport Leadership, and Tourism Management. At the graduate level, the SHAHS has a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Gerontology, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Gerontology, and 4+1 degree programs (Bachelors / Masters) with Public Health / Gerontology, Recreation Therapy / Gerontology, and Exercise Science / Gerontology, and supports a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Masters of Education concentration in Physical Education and Health through the Watson College of Education. The SHAHS also sponsors PED 101 (Physical Activity and Wellness), which serves as the university wellbeing requirement.
Regardless of the degree program that interests you the most, you will find that each will challenge you intellectually, experientially, and academically. Our faculty members are committed to our students and provide them with deeply engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences through participation in research, community service/service learning, field experiences, and study-abroad programs. Many of our students pursue graduate education in a wide range of healthcare options, including physical and occupational therapy, medicine, physician assistant, accelerated nursing, among many others. Those who enter the workforce directly have gone on to careers in healthcare facilities, fitness professions, K‑12 schools and various governmental and nonprofit agencies, and leisure services, including hospitality and tourism.