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 three master’s degree tracks, 1.) Health and Fitness 2.) Developmental Movement or 3.) 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 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 Receives $3 Million from Alumni to Establish Dean’s Chair

Published on 7/8/2014 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh has received a $3 million gift from alumni Renée K. Goldman and Richard M. Goldman to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. The gift has established an endowment that will be used by the University to support the salary, profes... Read More...

Assistant Professor Bethany Barone Gibbs Awarded Funding to Study Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Older Adults

Published on 5/23/2014 3:28:00 PM

Bethany Barone Gibbs, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, was awarded pilot funding from the University of Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center to conduct a pilot study focused on increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary b... Read More...

The Q&A: Alumnus Sean McComb Walks Through the "Door of Opportunity" and Pulls Others Through--On Way to Being Named Teacher of the Year

Published on 4/30/2014 6:00:00 AM

Out of more than three million teachers in the United States, Sean McComb was named as National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) on Wednesday, April 30. A 2007 alumnus of the School of Education, McComb, who is 30 years old, currently works as a high school... Read More...

Health and Physical Activity Students Finish 2nd at Relay for Life Events

Published on 4/15/2014 6:00:00 AM

At the American Cancer Society's recent Relay for Life events, multiple junior class and exercise science officers in the Health and Physical Activity (HPA) Department placed 2nd overall out of 79 teams from the University of Pittsburgh. The HPA class earned $5,800 for the cause, an all-time high fo... Read More...

School of Education Honors Alumni at Annual Awards Ceremony

Published on 4/11/2014 11:42:00 AM

Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sean McComb, Dean Alan Lesgold, Robert Robertson, Brent Johnson, Joshua “JC” Childs; (middle row) Katie Clark Patterson, Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Francesca Amati, Cynthia Reed, R. Rudy Filek; (front) Ellen Falk Hirsch. Not pictured: Antoinette Y. Farmer. The Scho... Read More...

School of Education Seeking Nominations for the 2014 Alumni Awards

Published on 11/1/2013 6:00:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education honors the outstanding accomplishments of its graduates through its Alumni Awards program. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of Education and the University... Read More...

Emerita Professor Marigold "Goldie" Edwards Elected to U.S. Squash Hall of Fame

Published on 10/15/2013 6:00:00 AM

[Press release published on behalf of Squash Media.] Marigold Edwards and John G. Nelson were unveiled as the US Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2013 at the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships Saturday, October 12. As a part of the U.S. Open’s annual Hall of Fame night, the glass s... Read More...

Assistant Professor Renee Rogers’ Abstract Judged One of Best in Field by The Obesity Society

Published on 10/1/2013 6:00:00 AM

Renee Rogers, an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity and recent PhD graduate, was recently selected as one of five winners at the upcoming Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth Section (EMS) Poster Competition. Rogers was already scheduled to present at the upcoming co... Read More...

John Jakicic - One of the Country's Top Nutrition and Exercise Researchers

Published on 9/13/2013 11:52:00 AM

Shortly after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with his doctorate, John Jakicic began researching the subjects of nutrition, exercise, and obesity years before it became part of the public consciousness. Unfortunately, since then obesity has become an epidemic in America. This i... Read More...

Carl Fertman Releases New Book About Promoting Positive Behavior and Mental Health Within the Classroom and Community

Published on 9/4/2013 6:00:00 AM

Carl Fertman, an associate professor within the Health and Physical Activity (HPA) Department, recently released a new book co-written with Myrna Delgado and Susan Tarasevich. The book, titled “Promoting Child and Adolescent Mental Health,” educates school professionals and community leaders on how... Read More...
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