University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Health & Physical Activity

Health and physical education degrees offered by the University of Pittsburgh advance careers
promoting the wellbeing of children and young adults.

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Promoting Physical Activity and Enhancing Quality of Life

Move Often. Eat Healthy. Live Better.

Imagine the unique education opportunity of learning in a classroom and then applying that knowledge to someone in a real-life situation. The Department of Health and Physical Activity (HPA) in the School of Education provides its students this experience, a combination of integrating world-renowned training and research effort dedicated to promoting health-focused quality of life. HPA is addressing a growing need for health, fitness, and research professionals with two master’s degree tracks, 1.) Health and Fitness or 2.) Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease.

Become an effective leader in health, fitness, and physical activity research and programming by training at one of the nation’s top graduate schools. Students who graduate from HPA will:
  • Be highly competitive on the job market,
  • Be well prepared to work in diverse health and fitness settings, and
  • Possess an understanding of both academic content and practical experiences that can be effectively applied in various settings.
Because of our pioneering research, experienced faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, you won’t simply learn the facts, you'll learn the application of those facts. We also collaborate with other schools at the University of Pittsburgh, including the School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Medicine, and UPMC, resulting in a unique and progressive academic experience.

Department Contact

University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
Department of Health and Physical Activity
140 Trees Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-8320
Fax: 412-648-7092

Latest News

School of Education Launches New Urban Education Certificate Program

Published on 5/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of University News .] In America’s classrooms, a cultural divide exists between teachers, who are most often white, and a student population that continues to expand in ethnic diversity. This is especially true in Pittsburgh, where nearly 85 percent of public schoo... Read More...

Associate Dean and Associate Professor Lindsay Clare Matsumura Named School of Education Interim Dean

Published on 4/25/2016 3:00:00 PM

Lindsay Clare Matsumura, the School of Education associate dean of research and faculty development, has been named by University of Pittsburgh Provost Patricia Beeson as interim dean of the School of Education. "We will be continuing the search for a new dean of the School of Education," said Bees... Read More...

HPA Student Mark Spitz's Portable Oxygen Device Wins 2016 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

Published on 4/22/2016 6:00:00 AM

Health and physical activity undergraduate student Mark Spitz is part of a team that won the Innovation Institute's Randall Family Big Idea Competition for their portable oxygen device that treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The product is an aluminum soda can filled with porous m... Read More...

School of Education Celebrates Alumni at 2016 Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/18/2016 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education celebrated the 2016 Alumni Awards on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Awards for the school’s departments and also individual categories were presented at the reception. The winners and some information about their background is listed... Read More...

Graduate Student Sophy Perdomo Selected to Participate in American College of Sports Medicine Leadership and Diversity Training Program

Published on 4/11/2016 6:00:00 AM

Sophy Perdomo, a 2nd year PhD student in the Health and Physical Activity Department ( HPA ), has been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 American College of Sports Medicine’s ( ACSM ) Leadership and Diversity Training Program ( LDTP ). Perdomo, who is a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow, will attend the... Read More...

PhD Graduate Susan Lephart Hired as Executive-in-Residence and Research Coordinator for University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs

Published on 3/7/2016 6:00:00 AM

Exercise physiology PhD alumna Susan Lephart has joined the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ team as an executive-in-residence and research coordinator. In her role, which began February 21, Lephart provides leadership support to further develop and implement the organization’s new strate... Read More...

Faculty and Student Published Journal Articles: February 2016

Published on 2/29/2016 6:00:00 AM

The following are articles written by faculty members or students that were published in February 2016. "Challenging the Utility of a Racial Microaggressions Framework Through A Systematic Review of Racially Biased Incidents on Campus" Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student... Read More...

Assistant Professor Bethany Barone Gibbs Selected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association

Published on 2/24/2016 6:00:00 AM

Health and Physical Activity Department Assistant Professor Bethany Barone Gibbs has been selected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association , one of the world's "most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professionals." She will be inducted in 2016. The fellowship is open to phys... Read More...

Assistant Professor Sharon Ross Interviewed by "The New Pittsburgh Courier" on How Physical Activity Can Help Improve Health

Published on 1/25/2016 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Sharon Ross was interviewed by The New Pittsburgh Courier on how physical activity can help improve health. “People always tell me they want a magic pill to be healthy. I say physical activity is the magic pill,” says Ross. "Getting enough physical activity has been proven to lo... Read More...

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline Interviewed for "The Huffington Post" on Exercise Versus Extra Sleep

Published on 11/23/2015 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Professor Christopher Kline was interviewed for The Huffington Post on whether it is more important to exercise or get extra sleep. Kline is also an exercise and sleep researcher at the School of Education's Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center. Read More...
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