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Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation. These are exciting days in our department. Recently, we have completed significant revisions and upgrades of our curricula, which has resulted in a name change that is more reflective of who we are and what we do. Whether you are looking for a career in health and exercise science, recreation and leisure management or teaching health or physical education, we are confident you will be prepared to excel in your field upon graduation from our program. Our program offers you unparalleled instruction, including daily interaction with our highly qualified department faculty, significant hands-on experiences in our state-of-the-art exercise science laboratory, opportunities to participate in undergraduate research projects and senior year internship experiences. Recent graduates from our department are attending graduate school in physical therapy or working in cardiac rehabilitation, campus recreation management, municipal parks and recreation, or public school teaching positions. We would appreciate an opportunity to tell you more about our department. Feel free to contact us for further information.

Anil Joseph

Department Chair

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The Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation offers three majors and two minors to students at Spring Arbor University’s main campus. Click on one of the links below to learn more about each of these programs.


Mission Statement

The Spring Arbor University Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation exists to:

  • Promote the belief that God is the Creator and Sustainer of our bodies, and
  • Encourage responsible stewardship by educating toward whole body wellness.

Student Opportunities


The HHPR department has lab assistant positions that are given to students who are juniors and seniors in the Health and Exercise Science major. They get to practice, firsthand, their skills in taking blood pressure, resting heart rate, body fat percent and stationary bike testing to determine maximal oxygen consumption. These are paid positions involving testing all students enrolled in the Personal Fitness and Wellness course each semester, usually 150 or more students per semester.


Students have the opportunity throughout the school year to attend various conferences where they can meet others studying and working in their field, and where they can obtain valuable experience as they rub shoulders with people who can help them pave their way.