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

Doctoral Student Seth Creasy Honored with Early Career Award from The Obesity Society

Published on 10/24/2014 6:00:00 AM

HPA doctoral student Seth Creasy has received a 2014 Early-Career Award Grant from The Obesity Society. The organization's awards recognize specific research achievements and major contributions to the basic science, treatment, and prevention of obesity. Awards highlighting the careers of researcher... Read More...

HPA Students Help Raise Health Awareness at Events Around Pittsburgh

Published on 10/20/2014 6:00:00 AM

The Exercise Science Organization (ESO), a student-run group within the School of Education’s Health and Physical Activity (HPA) Department, has been involved in a variety of health-related events at the University level as well as around Pittsburgh. The ESO was created in 2000, with junior and seni... Read More...

School of Education Seeking Nominations for 2015 Alumni Awards

Published on 10/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education is seeking nominations for its 2015 Alumni Awards. Through this program, the school honors the outstanding accomplishments of alumni and students. Criteria for these awards include a recognition of professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the School of... Read More...

Center for Urban Education Presents Speaker Series with Geneva Gay on October 30

Published on 10/3/2014 6:00:00 AM

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School of Education Celebrates Homecoming on October 24

Published on 10/1/2014 6:00:00 AM

The School of Education invites its alumni to attend the school’s homecoming weekend reception for an evening of reconnecting with fellow alumni and friends. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served before the fireworks and laser show, which is part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Homecomin... Read More...

The School of Education Holding Open House on November 15

Published on 8/27/2014 6:00:00 AM

Are you considering graduate studies at Pitt's School of Education? Come spend the morning with faculty, staff, and current students and hear about your program of interest and the application, admissions, and financial aid processes. The open house is on Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m., followe... Read More...

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...
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